Acadia National Park
Bar Harbor, ME
People have been drawn to the rugged coast of Maine throughout history. Awed by its beauty and diversity, early 20th-century visionaries donated the land that became Acadia National Park. The park is home to many plants and animals, and the tallest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic coast. Today visitors come to Acadia to hike granite peaks, bike historic carriage roads, or relax and enjoy the scenery.
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.
St. John Valley, ME
Maine Acadians share beliefs and experiences tying them to a common religion, languages, and history. The St. John River, land, and family are essential to their culture. The National Park Service supports the Maine Acadian Heritage Council, an association of historical societies, cultural clubs, towns, and museums that work together to support Maine Acadian culture in the St. John Valley.
Lubec , ME
For many years, Franklin D. Roosevelt summered on Campobello Island. As an adult, he shared with his family the same active pursuits he enjoyed on the island as child. Although he visited less frequently after contracting polio, Campobello remained important to FDR. Today Roosevelt Campobello International Park serves as a memorial to FDR and a symbol of cooperation between the U.S. and Canada.
International Historic Site
The winter of 1604-1605 on Saint Croix Island was a cruel one for Pierre Dugua's French expedition. Iced in by freezing temperatures and cut off from fresh water and game, 35 of 79 men died. As spring arrived and native people traded game for bread, the health of those remaining improved. Although the expedition moved on by summer, the beginning of French presence in North America had begun.
By The Numbers
- 3 national parks
- 2,574,717 visitors to national parks (in 2014)
- $191,500,000 economic benefit from national park tourism (in 2013) »
- 1,594 National Register of Historic Places listings »
- $269,501,137 of rehabilitation projects stimulated by tax incentives (since 1995) »
- 50,050 hours donated by volunteers »
- 14 National Natural Landmarks »
- 45 National Historic Landmarks »
- $41,642,743 in Land & Water Conservation Fund grants (since 1965) »
- 553 acres transferred by Federal Lands to Parks for local parks and recreation (since 1948) »
- $21,588,408 in historic preservation grants (since 1969) »
- 86 community conservation and recreation projects (since 1987) »
- 390 places recorded by heritage documentation programs »
- 1,469,892 objects in national park museum collections »
- 3 threatened and endangered species in national parks (in 2013) »
- 203 archeological sites in national parks »
- 10 Certified Local Governments »
- 1 Teaching with Historic Places lesson plan »
- 5 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.