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Katmai National Park and Preserve

Superintendent Name: 
Ralph Moore

Katmai National Park and Preserve is justly famous for volcanoes, brown bears, fish and rugged wilderness. The park also has some noteworthy historic features - it is the site of the Brooks River National Historic Landmark, with North America's highest concentration of prehistoric human dwellings (about 900). If volcanic activity was what originally sparked the interest of the National Park Service, population of brown bears continues to be one of the area's most salient features and major attractions.

Park Open Info: 
Year-round; Brooks Camp opens June 1
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round; Brooks Camp closes September 17
Park Acreage: 
4.12408
Highest Point: 
Griggs Mountain - Knife Peak
Highest Point Elevation: 
7650 feet
Visitor Count: 
68630
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Fure's Cabin; Naknek Lake; Fisheries Building; Brooks Camp; Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes
Endangered Species: 
Grizzly Bear
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
King Salmon, AK
Gateway Communities: 
King Salmon, AK
Nearby Airports: 
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC); King Salmon Airport (AKN)

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Isle Royale National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Phyllis Green
Accessible only by boat or seaplane, visitors come to experience this island park through hiking its trails, paddling its inland waterways, exploring its rugged coast, or venturing into the depth of its shipwrecks. Isle Royale's physical isolation and primitive wilderness challenged human use for centuries; ironically today it has become the Island's main attraction.
Park Open Info: 
16-Apr
Park Closed Info: 
1-Nov
Park Acreage: 
571790
Highest Point: 
Mount Desor
Highest Point Elevation: 
1394 feet
Visitor Count: 
17070
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Lake Superior; Scoville Point; Rock Harbor; Windigo
Endangered Species: 
Gray Wolf
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass: $4 per day; Individual Season Pass: $50; Season Boat Rider Pass: $150
Nearest Major City: 
Duluth, MN
Gateway Communities: 
Copper Harbor, MI; Grand Portage, MN; Houghton, MI; Hancock, MI; Dodgeville, MI; Atlantic Mine, MI; Dollar Bay, MI; South Range, MI; Painesdale, MI; Mason, MI; Chassell, MI; Hubbell, MI; Calumet, MI; Toivola, MI; Lake Linden, MI; Allouez, MI; Wolverine, MI; Kearsarge, MI; Hovland, MN; Ahmeek, MI;
Nearby Airports: 
Houghton County Memorial Airport (CMX)

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Everglades National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Dan Kimball
Everglades National Park, the largest remaining subtropical wilderness in the continental United States, is located less than an hour's drive from Miami. This unparalleled wildlife sanctuary protects an incredible diversity of mammals, birds, fish and flora and boasts rare and endangered species, such as the American crocodile, Florida panther, and West Indian manatee.
Park Acreage: 
1.50854e+06
Highest Point: 
Grossman Hammock
Highest Point Elevation: 
12 feet
Visitor Count: 
954022
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Florida Bay
Endangered Species: 
American crocodile; Green Turtle; Atlantic Ridley Turtle; Atlantic Hawksbill Turtle; Atlantic Leatherback Turtle; Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow; Snail (Everglades) Kite; Wood Stork; West Indian Manatee; Florida Panther; Key Largo Wood Rat; Key Largo Cotton Mouse; Red-cockaded Woodpecker; Schaus Swallowtail Butterfly; Garber's Spurge
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $5; Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $10; Everglades National Park Annual Pass: $25
Nearest Major City: 
Florida City, FL
Gateway Communities: 
Everglades City, FL; Chokoloskee, FL; Copeland, FL; Ochopee, FL; Homestead, FL
Nearby Airports: 
Miami International Aiirport (MIA)

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Congaree National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Tracy Swartout
Congaree National Park is home to the largest remnant of old-growth floodplain forest remaining on the continent! Experience beauty and tranquility as you visit the national and state champion trees in the park, towering to a record size amidst astonishing biodiversity. Walk, paddle or just take it easy within this dynamic floodplain ecosystem.
Park Acreage: 
26546
Highest Point: 
"Cedar Heights"
Highest Point Elevation: 
145 feet
Visitor Count: 
134045
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Cattle Mounds; Weston Lake
Endangered Species: 
Red-cockaded Woodpecker; Bog Mint; Fox Squirrel
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Columbia, SC
Gateway Communities: 
Gadsden, SC; Hopkins, SC; Pinewood, SC; Eastover, SC; Columbia, SC
Nearby Airports: 
Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE)

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Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Superintendent Name: 
John P. Debo, Jr.
Although Cuyahoga Valley is located near the urban environments of Cleveland and Akron, it remains in a world of its own. Named the "crooked river" by American Indians, the winding Cuyahoga gives way to deep forests, rolling hills, and open farmlands. The park is abound with flora and fauna, gives a sense of times past, and provides a refuge Ohio's residents and visitors to experience recreation and solitude.
Park Acreage: 
32776
Highest Point: 
Metro Point (Metro Parks)
Highest Point Elevation: 
1175 feet
Visitor Count: 
2468816
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Cuyahoga River; Ohio & Erie Canal Townpath
Endangered Species: 
Indian Bat; Piping Plover
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Akron, OH
Gateway Communities: 
Peninsula, OH; Niles, OH; Hudson, OH; Richfield, OH; Bath, OH; Brecksville, OH
Nearby Airports: 
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE); Akron-Canton Regional Airport (CAK)

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Biscayne National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Mark Lewis

Biscayne National Park protects the spectacular underwater life of Biscayne Bay and the coral reefs, as well as the tropical hardwood hammocks of its keys. It is an unparalleled wildlife sanctuary, protecting an incredible diversity of mammals, birds, fish and flora. Visible from downtown Miami, Biscayne boasts a rare combination of aquamarine waters, emerald islands, and fish-bejeweled coral reefs. Visit Biscayne and see why humans, ranging from pirates to pineapple farmers to presidents, have been inhabiting this area for 10,000 years.

Park Acreage: 
172924
Highest Point: 
Totten Key; Old Rhodes Key
Highest Point Elevation: 
9 feet
Visitor Count: 
608836
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Biscayne Bay; Florida Keys; Stiltsville
Endangered Species: 
West Indian Manatee; Eastern Indigo Snake; Piping Plover; American Crocodile; Peregrine Falcon; Schaus' Swallowtail Butterfly; Least Tern; Loggerhead Sea Turtle; Leatherback Sea Turtle; Kemps Ridley Turtle; Green Turtle; Hawksbill Turtle
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Miami, FL
Gateway Communities: 
Homestead, FL; Miami, FL; Key Largo, FL; Biscayne, FL
Nearby Airports: 
Miami International Airport (MIA)

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Big Bend National Park

Superintendent Name: 
William Wellman
Big Bend National Park encompasses more than 800,000 acres in southwest Texas. Sometimes considered "three parks in one," Big Bend includes mountain, desert, and river environments. In just an hour you can drive from the banks of the Rio Grande to a mountain basin nearly a mile high. Come and explore one of the last remaining wild corners of the United States, and experience unmatched sights, sounds, and solitude.
Park Acreage: 
801163
Highest Point: 
Emory Peak
Highest Point Elevation: 
7825 feet
Visitor Count: 
298717
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Rio Grande River; Langford Hot Springs; Boquillas Hot Springs; Castolon; Johnson's Ranch; Mariscal Mine; The Commache Trail; Glenn Springs; Cooper's Store
Endangered Species: 
Black-capped Vireo; Mexican Long-nosed Bat; Big Bend Gambusia; Rio Grande Silvery Minnow; Chisos Hedgehog Cactus.
Entrance Fees: 
Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $20; Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $10; Big Bend Park Annual Pass (valid for one year after date of purchase): $40; Children 15 years old and under : Free
Nearest Major City: 
El Paso, TX
Gateway Communities: 
Marathon, TX; Alpine, TX; Terlingua, TX; Lajitas, TX
Nearby Airports: 
Midland-Odessa Regional Airport (MAF); El Paso International Airport (ELP)

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