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 2,180+ 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, US 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
Discover the beauty of The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor! Spanning 35 towns in northeastern Connecticut and south-central Massachusetts, The Last Green Valley is surprisingly rural and uniquely historic. With 1,100 square miles that are still 77% forests and farms, the pastoral landscape is interspersed with powerful rivers, mill villages, and vibrant town centers.
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
Visit the home and studio of America's most beloved Impressionist, J. Alden Weir, and walk in the footsteps of generations of world-class artists. Set amidst more than 60 acres of painterly woods, fields, and waterways, you’ll soon see why Weir described his home as the "Great Good Place." Weir’s farm is a national legacy to American Impressionism, the creative spirit, and historic preservation.
By The Numbers
- 2 National Parks
- 39,365 Visitors to National Parks
- $2,200,000 Economic Benefit from National Park Tourism »
- $1,108,832,954 of Rehabilitation Projects Stimulated by Tax Incentives (since 1995) »
- $70,004,214 of Land & Water Conservation Fund Appropriated for Projects (since 1965) »
- $31,562,269 in Historic Preservation Grants (since 1969) »
- 50 Certified Local Governments »
- 50 Community Conservation & Recreation Projects (since 1987) »
- 297 Acres Transferred by Federal Lands to Parks for Local Parks and Recreation (since 1948) »
- 18,572 Hours Donated by Volunteers »
- 2 National Heritage Areas »
- 2 Wild & Scenic Rivers Managed by NPS »
- 3 National Trails Managed by NPS »
- 1,615 National Register of Historic Places Listings »
- 63 National Historic Landmarks »
- 8 National Natural Landmarks »
- 665 Places Recorded by Heritage Documentation Programs »
- 218,901 Objects in National Park Museum Collections »
- 14 Archeological Sites in National Parks »
- 6 Threatened & Endangered Species in National Parks »
- 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 9/30/2017.