National Parks By State 2019

A national park is a scenic or historically important area of land protected by the federal government for the preservation of wildlife living there or for the enjoyment of the general public. Because the government protects national parks, exploitation of the natural resources contained in them is illegal.

The United States has 61 national parks in 29 different states. The state with the highest number of national parks is California, with a total of 9, followed by Alaska with 8.

The first national park in the United States was Yellowstone, which was signed to its status in 1872 by President Ulysses S. Grant. The newest national park is Indiana Dunes, which changed its name to a “national park” on February 15, 2019.

The largest national park in the United States is Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve in Alaska. Wrangell-St. Elias is 13.2 million acres, roughly 6 times larger than Yellowstone National Park. Wrangell-St. Elias is home to some of the highest mountains in North America as well as the largest glacial system in the United States.

The most-visited national park in the United States is Smoky Mountains National Park, which straddles the state line of North Carolina and Tennessee. Great Smoky Mountains National Park was made a national park by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940, and sees over 11 million people per year.

Grand Canyon National Park is one of the most well known national parks in the world. Located in Arizona, this canyon was formed over millions of years and covered 1.2 million acres, making it the largest in existence. It is also considered to be one of the Seven Naturals Wonders of the World. The Grand Canyon became a national park on February 26, 1919, and just celebrated its 100th anniversary this year.

The list of United States national parks is as follows.

Alaska:

  • Denali National Park
  • Gates of the Arctic National Park
  • Glacier Bay National Park
  • Katmai National Par
  • Kenai National Park
  • Kobuk National Park
  • Lake Clark National Park
  • Wrangell-Elias National Park & Preserve

American Samoa

  • National Park of American Samoa

Arizona

  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Petrified Forest National Park
  • Saguaro National Park

Arkansas

  • Hot Springs National Park

California

  • Channel Islands National Park
  • Death Valley National Park (California and Nevada)
  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • Kings Canyon National Park
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park
  • Pinnacles National Park
  • Redwood National Park
  • Sequoia National Park
  • Yosemite National Park

Colorado

  • Black Canyon National Park
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park
  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

Florida

  • Biscayne National Park
  • Dry Tortugas National Park
  • Everglades National Park

Hawaii

  • Haleakala National Park
  • Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Idaho

Indiana:

  • Indiana Dunes National Park

Illinois

  • Gateway Arch National Park (Missouri and Illinois)

Kentucky

  • Mammoth Cave National Park

Maine

  • Acadia National Park

Michigan

  • Isle Royale National Park

Minnesota

  • Voyageurs National Park

Missouri

  • Gateway Arch National Park (Missouri and Illinois)

Montana

  • Glacier National Park
  • Yellowstone National Park (Idaho, Montana, Wyoming)

Nevada

  • Death Valley National Park (California and Nevada)
  • Great Basin National Park

North Dakota

  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park

North Carolina

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park (North Carolina and Tennessee)

Ohio

  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Oregon

  • Crater Lake National Park

South Carolina

  • Congaree National Park

South Dakota

  • Badlands National Park
  • Wind Cave National Park

Tennessee

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park (North Carolina and Tennessee)

Texas

  • Big Bend National Park
  • Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Utah

  • Arches National Park
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Canyonlands National Park
  • Capitol Reef National Park
  • Zion National Park

Virgin Islands

  • Virgin Islands National Park

Virginia

  • Shenandoah National Park

Washington

  • Mount Rainier National Park
  • North Cascades National Park
  • Olympic National Park

Wyoming

  • Grand Teton National Park
  • Yellowstone National Park (Idaho, Montana, Wyoming)
Rank State 2019 Pop. 2019 Growth
1California39,747,2670.48%
2Texas29,087,0701.34%
3Florida21,646,1551.63%
4New York19,491,339-0.26%
5Pennsylvania12,813,9690.05%
6Illinois12,700,381-0.32%
7Ohio11,718,5680.25%
8Georgia10,627,7671.03%
9North Carolina10,497,7411.10%
10Michigan10,020,4720.25%
11New Jersey8,922,5470.16%
12Virginia8,571,9460.64%
13Washington7,666,3431.74%
14Arizona7,275,0701.44%
15Massachusetts6,939,3730.54%
16Tennessee6,833,7930.94%
17Indiana6,718,6160.40%
18Missouri6,147,8610.35%
19Maryland6,062,9170.33%
20Wisconsin5,832,6610.33%
21Colorado5,770,5451.32%
22Minnesota5,655,9250.80%
23South Carolina5,147,1111.24%
24Alabama4,898,2460.21%
25Louisiana4,652,581-0.16%
26Kentucky4,484,0470.35%
27Oregon4,245,9011.32%
28Oklahoma3,948,9500.15%
29Connecticut3,567,871-0.13%
30Utah3,221,6101.91%
31Iowa3,167,9970.38%
32Puerto Rico3,113,659-2.55%
33Nevada3,087,0251.73%
34Arkansas3,026,4120.42%
35Mississippi2,987,8950.05%
36Kansas2,910,931-0.02%
37New Mexico2,096,0340.03%
38Nebraska1,940,9190.60%
39West Virginia1,791,951-0.77%
40Idaho1,790,1822.05%
41Hawaii1,416,589-0.27%
42New Hampshire1,363,8520.55%
43Maine1,342,0970.28%
44Montana1,074,5321.15%
45Rhode Island1,056,738-0.05%
46Delaware975,0330.81%
47South Dakota892,6311.18%
48North Dakota760,9000.11%
49Alaska735,720-0.23%
50District of Columbia711,5711.30%
51Vermont627,1800.14%
52Wyoming572,381-0.93%