See what makes the Great Plains great. Be inspired by the Gateway Arch. Embrace the rugged wild of the Badlands. Spanning 13 states, Midwest parks reverberate with the stories of America, teaching us about our journey as a nation. A region of Great Lakes, winding rivers, abundant wildlife, and of people who changed the world, parks in the Midwest inspire us with their history, beauty, and natural resources. Welcome to America's Heartland!

"Life is a great adventure…accept it in such a spirit."  -Theodore Roosevelt

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Parks of the Midwest

The Midwest contains more than 60 park sites across 13 states.

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What We Do

Learn about region programs, find information on how to do business with us, and more.

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Get Connected! Expansive and diverse, the Midwest hosts more than 60 national parks, preserves, monuments and historic sites.

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Our Stories

Discover journeys of our staff, volunteers, interns, and partners who share meaningful connection to places.

Last updated: November 1, 2023