Picnicking

Hot Springs National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Josie Fernandez

Situated in the oak-pine forest Ouachita Mountains, Arkansas's Hot Springs National Park is a four season destination. Whether a romantic weekend getaway or a family trip, this national park offers a combination of relaxation and exploration in a historic and natural setting. Coined "the American Spa", the therapeutic waters of this national park have lured tourists for over 200 years.

Park Acreage: 
5550
Highest Point: 
Music Mountain
Highest Point Elevation: 
1410 feet
Visitor Count: 
1273456
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
Bathhouse Row; Grand Promenade; Fordyce Bathhouse; Gulpha Creek; North Mountain Drive; West Mountain Drive
Endangered Species: 
None
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Hot Springs, AR
Gateway Communities: 
Royal, AR; Mountain, AR; Lonsdale, AR; Pearcy, AR; Hot Springs Village, AR; Bismarck, AR; Bonnerdale, AR; Malvern, AR; Jessieville, AR
Nearby Airports: 
Hot Springs Memorial Field (HOT); Little Rock National Airport (LIT)

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Great Basin National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Cindy Nielsen

In the shadow of Great Basin National Park's 13,063-foot Wheeler Peak, 5,000 year old bristlecone pine trees grow on rocky glacial moraines. Great Basin offers the solitude of the desert, the smell of sagebrush after a thunderstorm, the darkest of night skies, and the beauty of Lehman Caves. Full of wonders, Great Basin is a diverse region that awaits your discovery.

Park Acreage: 
77180
Highest Point: 
Wheeler Peak
Highest Point Elevation: 
13063 feet
Visitor Count: 
78524
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Lehman Caves; Lexington Arch; Wheeler Peak; Johnson Lake Mine; Lehman Orchard; Lehman Aqueduct; Rhodes Cabin
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Ely, NV
Gateway Communities: 
Baker, NV; Garrison, UT
Nearby Airports: 
Cedar City Regional Airport (CDC); Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC); Mc Carran International Airport (LAS)

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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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Channel Islands National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Russell Galipeau
Just off the coast of California's mainland lies Channel Islands National Park, one of North America's most pristine treasures. Due to isolation over thousands of years, the park has created unique animals, plants, and archeological resources found nowhere else on Earth. The park encompasses five remarkable islands (Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Miguel, and Santa Barbara) and their ocean environment, preserving and protecting a wealth of natural and cultural resources.
Park Acreage: 
249561
Highest Point: 
Devil's Peak (inholding)
Highest Point Elevation: 
2475 feet
Visitor Count: 
375256
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Anacapa Island; Santa Barbara Island; Santa Cruz Island; San Miguel Island; Santa Rosa Island; Cabrillo Monument; Lester Ranch Site; Caliche Forest; Point Bennett
Endangered Species: 
Island Fox; Hoffmann
Entrance Fees: 
Campsite: $15.00 (per night per site)
Nearest Major City: 
Ventura, CA
Gateway Communities: 
Ventura, CA; Oxnard, CA; Springville, CA; Oakview, CA; Port Hueneme, CA; Camarillo, CA
Nearby Airports: 
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX); Burbank Airport (BUR); Santa Barbara Airport (SBA)

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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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Acadia National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Sheridan Steele
Acadia National Park, located on the rock-bound Maine island of Mount Desert, is full of soaring cobblestone beaches, sand, and soaring granite cliffs. Glacier-carved mountains rear up from the sea, cupping deep lakes in their valleys. Meadowlands, marshes and dense evergreen forests also thrive in the park. The ocean makes its presence felt with sights, sounds and smells that abound in the park.
Park Acreage: 
47400
Highest Point: 
Cadillac Mountain
Highest Point Elevation: 
1528 feet
Visitor Count: 
2083588
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
Carriage Roads; Sieur de Monts Spring Area; Thunder Hole; Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse; Islesford Historical Museum; Cadillac Mountain; Park Loop Road
Endangered Species: 
Peregrine Falcon
Entrance Fees: 
Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $20; Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $5; Annual Pass: $40
Nearest Major City: 
Bar Harbor, ME
Gateway Communities: 
Hulls Cove, ME; Bar Harbor, ME; Salsbury Cove, ME; Seal Harbor, ME; Northeast Harbor, ME; Islesford, ME
Nearby Airports: 
Hancock County Airport (BHB); Bangor International Airport (BGR)

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