15 Of The Most Undiscovered National Parks In America

1. Congaree National Park

Conagree National Park

State: South Carolina
What To Do: Follow the rangers on one of their nightly “owl prowls” or guided canoe tours.

Astonishing biodiversity exists in Congaree National Park, the largest intact expanse of old growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the southeastern United States.  Waters from the Congaree and Wateree Rivers sweep through the floodplain, carrying nutrients and sediments that nourish and rejuvenate this ecosystem and support the growth of national and state champion trees.

2. Bering Land Bridge National Preserve

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State: Alaska
What To Do: Check out what it is like to go reindeer herding.

Imagine a place of whimsical beauty and larger-than-life landscapes: an ancestral home to ice-age giants and turbulent volcanic activity. A land that holds secrets to the intriguing history of human migration, sustains people that have lived here before its establishment as a preserve and continues to be part of a wide breadth of
 traditions. Bering Land Bridge is unlike any other place on earth.

3.Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Chaco Culture

State: New Mexico
What To Do: Hike the backcountry trails along ancient roads and petroglyphs.

Today the massive buildings of the ancestral Pueblo peoples still testify to the organizational and engineering abilities not seen anywhere else in the American Southwest. For a deeper contact with the canyon that was central to thousands of people between 850 and 1250 A.D., come and explore Chaco through guided tours, hiking & biking trails, evening campfire talks, and night sky programs.

4. Isle Royale National Park

Isle Royale NP

State: Michigan
What To Do: Go scuba diving among shipwrecks.

Explore a rugged, isolated island, far from the sights and sounds of civilization. Surrounded by Lake Superior, Isle Royale offers unparalleled solitude and adventures for backpackers, hikers, boaters, kayakers, canoeists and scuba divers. Here, amid stunning scenic beauty, you’ll find opportunities for reflection and discovery, and make memories that last a lifetime.

5. Great Sand Dunes National Park

Great Sand Dunes

State: Colorado
What To Do: Sandboarding and sledding the dunes.

The tallest dunes in North America are the centerpiece in a diverse landscape of grasslands, wetlands, conifer and aspen forests, alpine lakes, and tundra. Experience this diversity through hiking, sand sledding, splashing in Medano Creek, wildlife watching, and more!

6. North Cascades National Park

North Cascades

State: Washington
What To Do: White-water rafting in the Stehekin River.

Less than three hours from Seattle, an alpine landscape beckons. Discover communities of life adapted to moisture in the west and recurring fire in the east. Explore jagged peaks crowned by more than 300 glaciers. Listen to cascading waters in forested valleys. Witness a landscape sensitive to the Earth’s changing climate. Help steward the ecological heart of the Cascades.

7. Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail

Ala Kahakai Hawaii

State: Hawai’i
What To Do: Take the trail alone the Kona-Kohala coast to take in crystal clear water and black lava cliffs.

Established in 2000 for the preservation, protection and interpretation of traditional Native Hawaiian culture and natural resources, Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail is a 175 mile corridor and trail network of cultural and historical significance. It traverses through hundreds of ancient Hawaiian settlement sites and over 200 ahupua’a (traditional sea to mountain land divisions). Connect now!

8. Virgin Islands National Park

Virgin Islands

State: St. John, Virgin Islands
What To Do: Hike the mangrove forests along the coastline.

Virgin Islands National Park’s hills, valleys and beaches are breathtaking. However, within its 7,000 plus acres on the island of St. John is the complex history of civilizations – both free and enslaved – dating back more than a thousand years, all who utilized the land and the sea for survival.

9. Great Basin National Park

Great Basin

State: Nevada
What To Do: Go wandering through the Lehman Caves.

In the shadow of 13,063-foot Wheeler Peak, 5,000 year old bristlecone pine trees grow on rocky glacial moraines. Come to Great Basin National Park to experience the solitude of the desert, the smell of sagebrush after a thunderstorm, the darkest of night skies, and the beauty of Lehman Caves. Far from a wasteland, the Great Basin is a diverse region that awaits your discovery.

10. National Park of American Samoa

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State: American Samoa
What To Do: Go snorkeling in the 350-acre coral reef of Ofu Island.

The National Park of American Samoa welcomes you into the heart of the South Pacific, to a world of sights, sounds, and experiences that you will find in no other national park in the United States.

Enjoy this unique national park and the welcoming people of American Samoa. We are here to protect its rich culture and natural resources. Come explore them with us!

11. North Cascades National Park

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State: Washington
What To Do: White-water rafting in the Stehekin River.

Less than three hours from Seattle, an alpine landscape beckons. Discover communities of life adapted to moisture in the west and recurring fire in the east. Explore jagged peaks crowned by more than 300 glaciers. Listen to cascading waters in forested valleys. Witness a landscape sensitive to the Earth’s changing climate. Help steward the ecological heart of the Cascades.

12. Big Bend National Park

Big Bend NP

State: Texas
What To Do: Stargaze on a clear night in the Lower Canyons.

There is a place in Far West Texas where night skies are dark as coal and rivers carve temple-like canyons in ancient limestone. Here, at the end of the road, hundreds of bird species take refuge in a solitary mountain range surrounded by weather-beaten desert. Tenacious cactus bloom in sublime southwestern sun, and diversity of species is the best in the country. This magical place is Big Bend.

13. Channel Islands National Park

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State: California
What To Do: Take some time to reflect (and admire the view) at Inspiration Point on Anacapa Island.

Channel Islands National Park encompasses five remarkable islands and their ocean environment, preserving and protecting a wealth of natural and cultural resources. Isolation over thousands of years has created unique animals, plants, and archeological resources found nowhere else on Earth and helped preserve a place where visitors can experience coastal southern California as it once was.

14. Cuyahoga Valley National Park

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State: Ohio
What To Do: Catch a ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

Though a short distance from the urban areas of Cleveland and Akron, Cuyahoga Valley National Park seems worlds away. The park is a refuge for native plants and wildlife, and provides routes of discovery for visitors. The winding Cuyahoga River gives way to deep forests, rolling hills, and open farmlands. Walk or ride the Towpath Trail to follow the historic route of the Ohio & Erie Canal.

15. Grand Teton National Park

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State: Wyoming
What To Do: Go horseback riding through the meadows of wildflowers and sagebrush.

Rising above a scene rich with extraordinary wildlife, pristine lakes, and alpine terrain, the Teton Range stands monument to the people who fought to protect it. These are mountains of the imagination. Mountains that led to the creation of Grand Teton National Park where you can explore over two hundred miles of trails, float the Snake River or enjoy the serenity of this remarkable place.

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