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
In 1781, General Rochambeau’s French Army joined forces with General Washington’s Continental Army to fight the British Army in Yorktown, Virginia. With the French Navy in support, the allied armies moved hundreds of miles to become the largest troop movement of the American Revolution. The effort and cooperation between the two sides led to a victory at Yorktown and secured American independence.
National Historic Site
Ridgefield & Wilton, CT
Designed and preserved by artists, Weir Farm National Historic Site welcomes everyone to experience the power of creativity, art, and nature. Escape to the only national park dedicated to American painting and rediscover the beauty of light and color in everyday life.
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.