Kayaking

Baltimore-Washington Parkway (affiliated area)

Superintendent Name: 
Gayle Hazlewood
Opening for traffic in 1954, the Baltimore-Washington Parkway is a 29-mile road running between the eastern boundary of the District of Columbia and Baltimore, Maryland. It resulted from the collaborative efforts of federal and state governments. The cooperation linked the two metropolitan areas along the "fall line" where the Atlantic coatal plain meets the Piedmont region. Initially, the parkway crossed undeveloped land, though it has stimulated considerable suburban growth since its establishment.
Park Acreage: 
29
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
Greenbelt Park; NASA Visitor Center; City of Greenbelt; Greenbelt Museum; The Greenbelt City Hall; National Wildlife Visitor Center
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Baltimore, MD; Washington, D.C.
Gateway Communities: 
Baltimore, MD; Washington, D.C.;Washington, D.C.; Arlington, VA; Alexandria, VA; Bethesda, MD; Silver Spring, MD
Nearby Airports: 
Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI)

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George Washington Memorial Parkway

Superintendent Name: 
David Vela
The George Washington Memorial Parkway stands as a memorial to..you guessed it - George Washington!
Park Acreage: 
7247
Visitor Count: 
6872213
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
Fort Hunt; Arlington House; The Robert E. Lee Memorial; Arlington Memorial Bridge & Memorial Avenue; Belle Haven Marina; Belle Haven Park; Clara Barton National Historic Site; Collingwood Park; Columbia Island Marina; Claude Moore Colonial Farm; Daingerfield Island; Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve; Fort Hunt Park; Fort Marcy; Glen Echo Park; Gravelly Point; Great Falls Park; Lady Bird Johnson Park; Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial; Grove-on-the-Potomac; Mount Vernon Trail; Netherlands Carillon; Potomac Heritage Trail; Riverside Park; Roaches Run Wildlife Sanctuary; Theodore Roosevelt Island; Turkey Run Park; U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial; Washington Sailing Marina; Women in Military Service For America Memorial
Entrance Fees: 
Free; Permits are required for certain activities within the park. $50.00 fee for permit applications.
Nearest Major City: 
McLean, VA
Gateway Communities: 
McLean, VA
Nearby Airports: 
Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD); Reagan International Airport (DCA)

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Blue Ridge Parkway

Superintendent Name: 
Phil Francis
Overlooks, trails, picnic areas and a multitude of developed areas await the visitor who has time to explore the Blue Ridge Parkway. Acting as an introduction to the natural and cultural history of our region, a drive down the Blue Ridge Parkway is meant to be slow-paced, relaxing and educational. The Parkway meanders 469 miles between Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks, creating multiple opportunities to explore the communities along the way!
Park Acreage: 
93871
Visitor Count: 
17352286
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
Peaks of Otter Visitor Center Museum; Peaks of Otter; Johnson Farm; The Trail Cabin; Caudill Cabin; Sheets Cabin; The Jesse Brown Farmstead; Cool Springs Baptist Church; Yankee Horse Ridge Parking Area; The James River Visitor Center; Moses Cone Estate and Parkway Craft Center;
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Asheville, NC
Gateway Communities: 
Fancy Gap, VA; Cana, VA; Hillsville, VA ; Lambsburg, VA; Mount Airy, NC; Dugspur, VA; Galax, VA; Laurel Fork, VA; Austinville, VA
Nearby Airports: 
Asheville Regional Airport (AVL)

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Kayaking

Kayaking is a popular way to get off of the land and into the water of our national parks. From the comfort of your own kayak, paddle down the Gunnison River of Black Canyon, along the seashore of Channel Islands, or through the icy wilderness of Glacier Bay. With excursions ranging from hour-long to overnight, there is sure to be a kayaking trip right for you. Paddle downstream here for more information.

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Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Mark Hardgrove

Virgin Islands Coral Reef Monument protects federal submerged lands within 3 miles of the island of St. John. These waters support a diverse and complex system of coral reefs, mangrove forests and seagrass beds that contribute to the health and survival of all its ecosystems.

Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
12708
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
No
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Virgin Islands Coral Reef; St. John
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
St. John, VI
Gateway Communities: 
Coral Bay; Johns Folly; Cruz Bay
Nearby Airports: 
Cyril E. King Airport (STT); Charlotte Amalie Harbor Seaplane Base (SPB)

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Fort Moultrie National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Bob Dodson
Fort Moultrie National Monument tells the story of two centuries of seacoast defense. From the time of the earliest European settlements until the end of World War II, coastal fortifications guarded the harbors and shores of the United States. For over 200 years, Fort Moultrie has defended Charleston Harbor twice. During the Revolutionary War on June 28, 1776, the still incomplete fort was attacked by a British fleet. After a nine-hour battle, the ships were forced to retire, and Charleston was saved from British occupation. The fort was named for its commander, William Moultrie.
Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
199.57
Visitor Count: 
776162
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Fort Moultrie; Sally Port; Endicott Batteries; Harbor Engrance Control Post
Entrance Fees: 
Family Pass: $5; Adult Pass: $
Nearest Major City: 
Charleston, SC
Gateway Communities: 
Sullivans Island, SC; Isle of Palms, SC; Mount Pleasant, SC; Charleston, SC; Dorchester, SC
Nearby Airports: 
Charleston International Airport (CHS)

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Things To Do

Although Acadia is dazzling in summer, the park’s beauty flourishes throughout the year. By land and by sea there is no such thing as an off-season at Acadia. SPRING, SUMMER AND FALL Amphitheater Programs In the evening, Acadia’s two campgrounds present free programs in their centrally located amphitheaters. Programs span a range ...

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Yosemite National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Michael Tollefson
Yosemite National Park, one of the first national parks in the United States, is best known for its waterfalls and impressive granite walls. Within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can also find deep valleys, sprawling meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and the grandeur of the Sierra Nevada John Muir describes as "the heart of the world".
Park Acreage: 
747956
Highest Point: 
Mount Lyell
Highest Point Elevation: 
13114 feet
Visitor Count: 
3242644
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
Yosemite Valley; Bridalveil Fall; Yosemite Falls; El Capitan; Half Dome; Happy Isles; Mirror Lake; Mirror Meadow; Valley View Turnout; Tunnel View; Wawona; Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias; Glacier Point; Badger Pass Ski Area; Hetch Hetchy; Tioga Road; High Country; Olmsted Point; Tenaya Lake; Tuolomne Meadows
Endangered Species: 
Red-legged Frogs (threatened); Foothill Yellow-legged Frogs (threatened); Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep (threatened); Limestone Salamander (threatened); Giant Garter Snake (threatened); Great Gray Owl; Willow Flycatcher; Sierra Nevada Red Fox (threatened); California Wolverine (threatened); Thompson's Sedge; Yosemite Onion; Congdon's Lewisia; Congdon's Woolly Sunflower; Peregrine Falcon; Southern Bald Eagle; Yosemite Woolly Sunflower (threatened); Congdon's Lewisia (threatened)
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass: $10 (on foot, horseback, motorcycle); Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $20; Commercial Tour Fees: $25-300 (varies depending on seating capacity); Yosemite Annual Pass: $40
Nearest Major City: 
Mariposa, CA
Gateway Communities: 
Fish Camp, CA; El Portal, CA; Mather, CA; Lee Vining; Oakhurst, CA; Bass Lake, CA; Wishon, CA; Ahwahnee, CA; Midpines, CA; Coarsegold, CA; Groveland, CA; Big Oak Flat, CA; Mariposa, CA; Auberry, CA; Soulsbyville, CA; Twain Harte, CA; Hayward, CA; Strawberry, CA
Nearby Airports: 
Fresno-Yosemite International (FAT); Merced Airport (MCE); Modesto City-County Airport (MOD); San Francisco International Airport (SFO); Oakland International Airport (OAK); San Jose International Airport (SJC); Sacramento International Airport (SMF); Reno/Tahoe International Airport (RNO)

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Yellowstone National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Suzanne Lewis
Yellowstone is the world's first national park and one of the largest in the contiguous United States. Sprawling across volcanic plateaus in the northwest corner of Wyoming, Yellowstone contains more than 2 million acres of steaming geysers, crystalline lakes, thundering waterfalls and panoramic vistas.
Park Open Info: 
Year-round (some roads close during the winter season)
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round (some roads close during the winter season)
Park Acreage: 
2.22177e+06
Highest Point: 
Eagle Peak
Highest Point Elevation: 
11367 feet
Visitor Count: 
2870295
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Mammoth Hot Springs; Old Faithful; Norris and Firehole River Geyser Basins; Grand Prismatic Sping; Morning Glory Pool; Yellowstone Lake; West Thumb Geyser Basin; Tower Fall; Petrified Forest; Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone; Hayden Valley
Endangered Species: 
Grizzly Bear; Bald Eagle (threatened); Canada Lynx; Gray Wolf
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $12; Motorcycle or Snowmobile Pass (valid for 7 days): $20; Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $25; Annual Park Pass: $50
Nearest Major City: 
West Yellowstone, MT; Jackson, WY
Gateway Communities: 
West Yellowstone, MT; Gardiner, MT; Silver Gate, MT; Cooke City, MT; Macks Inn, ID; Island Park, ID; Moran, WY; Emigrant, MT; Wapiti, WY; Pray, MT; Moose, WY; Squirrel, ID; Roscoe, MT; Big Sky, MT; Felt, ID; Tetonia, ID; Nye, MT
Nearby Airports: 
Billings Logan International Airport (BIL); Gallatin Field Airport (BZN); Yellowstone Regional Airport (COD); Jackson Hole Airport (JAC); Idaho Falls Regional Airport (IDA); Yellowstone Airport (WYS)

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Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve

Superintendent Name: 
Meg Jensen

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park is the point where the Chugach, Wrangell and St. Elias mountain ranges all converge in what is often referred to as the "mountain kingdom of North America." This is the largest unit of the National Park System. The park includes the continent's largest assemblage of glaciers and the greatest collection of peaks above 16,000 feet.

Park Open Info: 
Year-round (many park facilities close during the winter season)
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round (many park facilities close during the winter season)
Park Acreage: 
1.31881
Highest Point: 
Mount Saint Elias
Highest Point Elevation: 
18008 feet
Visitor Count: 
50336
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Mount St. Elias; Kennecott; Chitina; Liberty Falls Trail; Nabesna; McCarthy Road; Root Glacier Trail
Endangered Species: 
Grizzly Bear; Lynx; Stellar Sea-lion (threatened); Kittlitz's Murrelets (threatened)
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Anchorage, AK
Gateway Communities: 
McCarthy, AK; Nabesna, AK; Slana, AK; Galkana, AK; Chitina, AK; Glennallen, AK; Tok, AK; Valdez, AK; Cordova, AK
Nearby Airports: 
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC)

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