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Where are the nearest parks to Chicago that feature caves and caverns?
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The nearest parks to Chicago that feature caves and caverns are Illinois Caverns State Natural Area and Cave in Rock State Park. They're both over a five-hour drive from Chicago, however.

I hope you have an exciting time exploring Illinois' caves. Be sure to check back in at OhRanger.com after you trip to share you park experiences with us!

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Park Love...
Why was mt rushmore built?
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Park Love...
How do you keep mt rushmore from eroding
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According to the South Dakota Office of Tourism, the erosion rate of Mount Rushmore National Memorial is estimated by geologists at 1 inch every 10,000 years. So, there isn't a concern that it will be destroyed by erosion! Experts believe it should be around for many years to come.
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yvonne ga...
What is the address of Harriman State Park in New York State?
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Hi Yvonne,

The contact address of Harriman State Park in New York States is:

Palisades Interstate Park Commission
Bear Mountain, NY 10911

Phone: (845) 786-2701

The park is located off the Palisades Parkway, 30 miles north of New York City.

I hope you have a fun trip to Harriman State Park! Please check back in with us at OhRanger.com to post pictures and comments about your trip!

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jchang
Why do they call Washington D.C., "Washington"? Isn't it the only city in D.C.? Seems like it's unnecessary. Please clarify the origins.
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Washington takes its name from our first president, George Washington. "Columbia" in "District of Columbia" stands for Christopher Columbus.

Washington, D.C. is not a state, nor is it part of any state. It is a unique, "federal district" created specifically to be the seat of government.

 For more information visit Washington, D.C.'s official tourism website.

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What is the best national forest to visit thats closest to sandiego? I want to get away from BUILDINGS!! How much does it cost to camp there
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The Cleveland National Forest is approximately one hour's drive from the coastal sections of San Diego. An Adventure [parking] Pass is $30 per year and $5 daily (which you won't need if you're parking at a campsite).  Campgrounds in the forest range from $12 to $20 per night. For more information on all the amenities, check out the USDA National Forest website at http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/cleveland/ or call their onsite rangers at 885-673-6180.  

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If there was to be a NEXT National Park... Where should it be?
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Did you know that Cedar Breaks National Monument in Utah might become our next national park?

Get the whole story here:

http://www.ohranger.com/cedar-breaks/news/2009/cedar-breaks-america%E2%80%99s-next-national-park

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Cooper
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It should be in the Ozarks in MO.  Did you know that Missouri has the nation's highest concentration of National Wild and Scenic Rivers.

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It just seems that the most beautiful part of our country is in the mountainous regions. It is the most relaxing, the quietest, and the most friendly people live in these areas. If you want to be by yourselves, or talk to people all day long,you can always find an area to fill your desires. So I would have to vote for any area that has mountains with lakes and natural wild life.
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J.T. Hike...
What's the significance of the symbols on the National Parks arrowhead?
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According to the National Park Service, the elements of the emblem symbolize the major facets of the national park system. The Sequoia tree and bison represent vegetation and wildlife, the mountains and water represent the scenic and recreational values, and the arrowheads represents historical and archeological values. Visit http://www.nps.gov/npnh/parknews/arrowheadhistory.htm for more information. 
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The Bison: represents wildlife.

The Sequoia Tree: represents plants or vegetation.

The Water: represents recreational values.

The Mountain: represents sceinic values.

The Arrowhead: represents historical and archeological values. 

The arrowhead symbol was regestered in the US patent office on Feburary 9th, 1965 as the official emblem of the US NPS

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BobBikes
What is the difference between a national recreation area and a national park?
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National Park: These are generally large natural places having a wide variety of attributes, at times including significant historic assets. Hunting, mining and consumptive activities are not authorized.

National Recreation Area: Twelve NRAs in the system are centered on large reservoirs and emphasize water-based recreation. Five other NRAs are located near major population centers. Such urban parks combine scarce open spaces with the preservation of significant historic resources and important natural areas in locations that can provide outdoor recreation for large numbers of people.

Our 18 National Recreation Areas include:
 
1. Amistad, Texas
2. Bighorn Canyon, Montana-Wyoming
3. Boston Harbor Islands, Massachusetts
4. Chattahoochee River, Georgia
5. Chickasaw, Oklahoma
6. Curecanti, Colorado
7. Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania-New Jersey
8. Gateway, New York-New Jersey
9. Gauley River, West Virginia
10. Glen Canyon, Arizona-Utah
11. Golden Gate, California
12. Lake Chelan, Washington
13. Lake Mead, Nevada-Arizona
14. Lake Meredith, Texas
15. Lake Roosevelt (formerly Coulee Dam), Washington
16. Ross Lake, Washington
17. Santa Monica Mountains, California
18. *Whiskeytown Unit, Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity, California
 
*Administered under cooperative agreements with other Federal agencies; remaining units managed by Forest Service.
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John Young

Firmly planted in Washington State, I'm interested in deep forests, cool refreshing streams, and hot summer pavement.  Touring the highways and byways is a great escape that can be shared by all members of my family.
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