National Scenic Trail
Maine to Georgia, CT,GA,MA,MD,ME,NC,NH,NJ,NY,PA,TN,VA,VT,WV
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. Conceived in 1921, built by private citizens, and completed in 1937, today the trail is managed by the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, numerous state agencies and thousands of volunteers.
National Scenic Trail
From the Sound to the Summits: the New England Trail covers 215 miles from Long Island Sound across long ridges to scenic mountain summits in Connecticut and Massachusetts. The trail offers panoramic vistas and close-ups of New England’s natural and cultural landscape: traprock ridges, historic village centers, farmlands, unfragmented forests, quiet streams, steep river valleys and waterfalls.
National Heritage Corridor
This is a special kind of park. It embraces numerous towns, villages and a total population of about 300,000. Quinebaug & Shetucket is not a traditional park. Instead, citizens, businesses, nonprofit cultural and environmental organizations, local and state governments, and the National Park Service work together to preserve and celebrate the region's cultural, historical and natural heritage.
National Historic Trail
By 1780, the Americans found their War for Independence at a stalemate. France had previously provided America with supplies and money, but now French ground forces were sent to help turn the tide of the War. General Rochambeau and the French Army allied with General Washington and the Continental Army, journeying hundreds of miles to a victory at Yorktown and, ultimately, the War.
National Historic Site
Ridgefield & Wilton, CT
In June of 1882, painter Julian Alden Weir boarded a train from New York for his farm among the hills of Branchville, Connecticut. Once here, Weir and his family transformed their summer retreat into a creative refuge for friends and fellow artists. After Weir, artists Mahonri Young and Sperry Andrews lived and worked here, continuing the legacy of artistic expression that still inspires today.
By The Numbers
- 2 national parks
- 34,082 visitors to national parks
- $1,900,000 economic benefit from national park tourism »
- 1,592 National Register of Historic Places listings »
- $713,738,622 of rehabilitation projects stimulated by tax incentives (since 1995) »
- 8,655 hours donated by volunteers »
- 2 National Heritage Areas »
- 8 National Natural Landmarks »
- 61 National Historic Landmarks »
- $66,264,809 in Land & Water Conservation Fund grants (since 1965) »
- 297 acres transferred by Federal Lands to Parks for local parks and recreation (since 1948) »
- $28,330,051 in historic preservation grants (since 1969) »
- 45 community conservation and recreation projects (since 1987) »
- 660 places recorded by heritage documentation programs »
- 218,145 objects in national park museum collections »
- 3 threatened and endangered species in national parks »
- 11 archeological sites in national parks »
- 50 Certified Local Governments »
- 3 Teaching with Historic Places lesson plans »
- 3 Discover Our Shared Heritage travel itineraries »
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These numbers are just a sample of the National Park Service's work. Figures are for the fiscal year that ended 9/30/14.