National Parks of the United States

The national parks of the United States have been considered a national treasure by many of its citizens for generations. Yellowstone National Park was first established in 1872 and is often considered the first government sanctioned national park in the United States. Years later on August 25, 1916, the U.S. government created the National Park Service as we know it today. Today, the National Park Service of the United States maintains 423 units (often referred to as parks) while its state counterparts maintain over 4,500.

The dream of a vast national park system in the United states did not magically appear overnight. The process took years and millions of dollars during the Great Depression, a time of economic turmoil for our country. Legislative hurdles and other political issues also played a major role in further complicating the establishment of land in the U.S. for the purpose of preservation and public leisure.

The parks and preserved lands that are placed under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service are the natural national treasures of our nation. Those wishing to witness the natural splendor America has to offer may wish to visit one of these national sites. Because of this appeal of nature in the public eye, these sites are often frequently visited by American and international tourists alike.

Here is a short list of registered national parks in Louisiana for you to visit!

The Atchafalaya National Heritage Area

Cane River Creole National Historic Park in Natchez, LA

Jean Lafitte National Park and Preserve in New Orleans, LA

Poverty Point National Monument in Epps, LA

Websites where you can find more Information on Louisiana National Parks:
https://www.nps.gov/state/la/index.htm, opens a new window

Kisatchie National Forest website:
https://www.fs.usda.gov/kisatchie, opens a new window

The Louisiana State Park Official website:
https://www.crt.state.la.us/louisiana-state-parks/, opens a new window

Information on these parks/historical sites and more U.S. park service locations throughout the country can be found on the National Park Service website at
https://www.nps.gov/index.htm, opens a new window

Below is a list of books and other types of media that will help you learn more about our nation’s vast wilderness and those whose job is preserve and protect these lands.

Book on the United States National Parks

Below is a list of books and other types of media that will help you learn more about our nation’s vast wilderness and those whose job is preserve and protect these lands.






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