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  1. In the National Park System, there are 407 sites covering more than 84 million acres of land.
  2. The Appalachian Trail is a 2,185 mile long public footpath that traverses the scenic, wooded, pastoral, wild, and culturally resonant lands of the Appalachian Mountains.
  3. In 2014, more than 290 million people visited the National Parks.
  4. The nation’s deepest cave is 1,593 ft deep in New Mexico at Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
  5. Originally established by Congress as Hot Springs Reservation in 1832 and later becoming a national park in 1921, Hot Springs National Park represents the oldest protected area in the National Park System

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  1. In the National Park System there are: 124 historical parks or sites, 78 national monuments, 59 national parks, 25 battlefields or military parks, 18 preserves, 18 recreational areas, 10 seashores, 4 parkways, 4 lakeshores and 2 reserves.
  2. Yosemite National Park supports more than 400 species of vertebrates including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.
  3. There is 1 active volcano, thousands of petrified trees, and almost 300 waterfalls in Yellowstone National Park.
  4. Seneca Falls National Park in New York is the location of the First Women’s Right Conventions, where expanding rights of women were discussed in the mid-19th century.
  5. The largest living things in the world are in National Parks: Sequoia trees and Alaskan brown bears (the world’s largest living carnivores).
  6. There are 27,000 historic and prehistoric structures preserved within the National Parks System.

Sources

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    National Park Service. "Frequently Asked Questions." U.S. Department of the Interior. Web Accessed April 18, 2015.

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    National Park Service. "Appalachian." U.S. Department of the Interior. Web Accessed April 18, 2015.

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    National Park Service. "Frequently Asked Questions." U.S. Department of the Interior. Web Accessed April 18, 2015.

  • 4

    National Park Service. "National Park System Fun Facts." U.S. Department of the Interior. Web Accessed April 18, 2015.

  • 5

    National Park Foundation. "HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK." Web Accessed April 18, 2015.

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    National Park Service. "DESIGNING PARKS FOR HUMAN HEALTH BENEFITS." U.S. Department of the Interior, 2013. Web Accessed April 18, 2015.

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    National Park Service. "Yosemite." U.S. Department of the Interior. Web Accessed April 18, 2015.

  • 8

    Knowlton, F.H. "FOSSIL FORESTS OF THE YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK." Government Printing Office Washington, 1921. Web Accessed April 18, 2015.

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    National Park Service. "America's Civil War: Challenges Perspectives Opportunities." U.S. Department of the Interior, 2002. Web Accessed April 18, 2015.

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    National Park Service. "National Park System Fun Facts." U.S. Department of the Interior. Web Accessed April 18, 2015.

  • 11

    Repanshek, Kurt. "National Trust For Historic Preservation Urges National Park Service To Protect Historic Buildings By Leasing Them." National Park Advocates. Web Accessed April 18, 2015.

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