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Mammoth Cave National Park: A Visitor’s Guide

Mammoth Cave National Park Simon/Flickr/CC by 2.0 Mammoth Cave National Park was established in 1941, designated’ a World Heritage Site in 1981, and declared an International Biosphere Reserve in 1990. The Mammoth Cave network is the world’s longest, extending for more than 390 miles beneath the hills of southern Kentucky. This incredible maze of underground …

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park: A Visitor’s Guide

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Simon/Flickr/CC by 2.0 The Great Smokey Mountains National Park was authorized in 1926 and designated a Biosphere Reserve in 1976 and a World Heritage Site in 1983. The 521,621-acre forested park is world-renowned for the diversity of its plants and animals, the beauty of its ancient mountains, the quality of …

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Everglades National Park: A Visitor’s Guide

Everglades National Park Simon/Flickr/CC by 2.0 Everglades National Park was authorized on May 30, 1934; dedicated on December 6, 1947; and designated an International Biosphere Reserve on October 26, 1976; a World Heritage Site on October 26, 1979; and a Wetland of International Importance on June 4, 1987. This 1.5 million-acre park is the largest …

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Cuyahoga Valley National Park: A Visitor’s Guide

Cuyahoga Valley National Park Simon/Flickr/CC by 2.0 The Cuyahoga Valley National Park was authorized as a National Recreation Area on December 27, 1974. The park’s name was changed to Cuyahoga Valley National Park on October 11, 2000. The park is located in northeastern Ohio, between Cleveland and Akron and encompasses 33,000 acres of pastoral valley …

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Congaree National Park: A Visitor’s Guide

Congaree National Park Simon/Flickr/CC by 2.0 The Congaree National Park was authorized as Congaree Swamp National Monument in 1976 and designated an International Biosphere Reserve in 1983. It was designated a national park in 2003. Located in central South Carolina, the park encompasses 26,000 acres containing the last significant tract of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest …

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Biscayne National Park: A Visitor’s Guide

Biscayne National Park Bruce Tuten/Flickr/CC by 2.0 Biscayne National Park was established as a national monument in 1968 and re-designated as a park in 1980. The park encompasses 173,000 acres 95% of which is water surrounded by mangroves adjacent to tropical hardwoods on several islands and further inland. Mangroves constitute nurseries for many fish and …

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Acadia National Park: A Visitor’s Guide

Acadia National Park R’lyeh Imaging/Flickr/CC by 2.0 Acadia National Park was first founded as Sieur de Monts National Monument on July 8, 1916, then established as Lafayette National Park on February 26, 1919, and changed to Acadia National Park on January 19, 1929. The park’s rich cultural history includes various indigenous peoples and successive waves …

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The 10 National Parks of the Eastern United States

The 10 National Parks of the Eastern United States have something for everyone. From mountain landscapes to coral reefs and coniferous deciduous woodlands, tropical wetlands, mangrove swamps, and old-growth woodlands that contain some of the tallest and oldest trees in the region. Wildlife ranges from bears in the northern states to alligators, crocodiles, sea turtles …

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