Reader Participation Day: How Many of the 392 National Park System Units Have You Visited?

"Been there, done that, got the T-shirt"? Bob Janiskee photo.

Last April we got a good response when we asked you how many of the 58 National Park-designated NPS units have you visited?. Let's expand the scope of this thing. Here's a list of all 392 units of the National Park System, listed by designation type. How many have you visited?

National Battlefields
(11)

Antietam (VA)
Big Hole (MT)
Cowpens (SC)
Fort Donelson (TN/KY)
Fort Necessity (PA)
Monocacy (MD)
Moores Creek (NC)
Petersburg (VA)
Stones River (TN)
Tupelo (MS)
Wilson's Creek (MO)

National Battlefield Parks
(3)

Kennesaw Mountain (GA)
Manassas (VA)
Richmond (VA)


National Battlefield Site
(1)

Brices Cross Roads MS)

National Military Parks
(9)

Chickamauga and Chattanooga (GA/TN)
Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial (VA)
Gettysburg (PA)
Guilford Courthouse (NC)
Horseshoe Bend (AL)
Kings Mountain (SC)
Pea Ridge (AR)
Shiloh (TN)
Vicksburg (MS)

National Historical Parks
(45)

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace (KY)
Adams (MA)
Appomattox Court House (VA)
Boston, Massachusetts
Cane River Creole NHP and Heritage Area (LA)
Cedar Creek & Belle Grove (VA)
Chaco Culture (NM)
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (MD/WV/DC)
Colonial (VA) 30, 2007
Cumberland Gap (KY/TN/VA)
Dayton Aviation Heritage (OH)
George Rogers Clark (IN)
Harpers Ferry (WV/MD)
Hopewell Culture (OH)
Independence (PA)
Jean Lafitte NHP and Preserve (LA)
Kalaupapa (HI)
Kaloko-Honokohau (HI)
Keweenaw (MI)
Klondike Gold Rush (AK/WA)
Lewis & Clark, Oregon (WA)
Lowell (MA)
Lyndon B. Johnson (TX)
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller (VT)
Minute Man (MA)
Morristown (NJ)
Natchez (MS)
New Bedford Whaling (MA)
New Orleans Jazz (LA)
Nez Perce (ID)
Palo Alto Battlefield (TX)
Pecos (NM)
Pu'uhonua o Hōnaunau (formerly, City of Refuge) (HI)
Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front (CA)
Salt River Bay NHP & Ecological Preserve (Virgin Islands)
San Antonio Missions (TX)
San Francisco Maritime (CA)
San Juan Island (WA)
Saratoga (NY)
Sitka (AK)
Thomas Edison (NJ)
Tumacacori (AZ)
Valley Forge (PA)
War in the Pacific (Guam)
Women's Rights (NY)

National Historic Sites
(76)

Allegheny Portage Railroad (PA)
Andersonville (GA)
Andrew Johnson (TN)
Bent's Old Fort (CO)
Boston African American (MA)
Brown v. Board of Education (KS)
Carl Sandburg Home (NC)
Carter G. Woodson Home (DC)
Charles Pinckney (SC)
Christiansted (Virgin Islands)
Clara Barton (MD)
Edgar Allan Poe (PA)
Eisenhower (PA)
Eleanor Roosevelt (NY)
Eugene O'Neill (CA)
First Ladies, Canton (OH)
Ford's Theatre (DC)
Fort Bowie (AZ)
Fort Davis (TX)
Fort Laramie (WY)
Fort Larned (KS)
Fort Point (CA)
Fort Raleigh (NC)
Fort Scott (KS)
Fort Smith (AR/OK)
Fort Union Trading Post (MT/ND)
Fort Vancouver (WA)
Frederick Douglass (DC)
Frederick Law Olmsted (MA)
Friendship Hill (PA)
Golden Spike (UT)
Grant-Kohrs Ranch (MT)
Hampton (MD)
Harry S Truman (MO)
Herbert Hoover (IA)
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt (NY)
Hopewell Furnace (PA)
Hubbell Trading Post (AZ)
James A. Garfield (OH)
Jimmy Carter (GA)
John Fitzgerald Kennedy (MA)
John Muir (CA)
Knife River Indian Villages (ND)
Lincoln Home (IL)
Little Rock Central High School (AR)
Longfellow (MA)
Maggie L. Walker (VA)
Manzanar (CA)
Martin Luther King, Jr. (GA)
Martin Van Buren (NY)
Mary McLeod Bethune Council House (DC)
Minuteman Missile (SD)
Nicodemus (KS)
Ninety Six (SC)
Pennsylvania Avenue (DC)
Puukoholā Heiau (HI)
Sagamore Hill (NY)
Saint-Gaudens (NH)
Saint Paul's Church (NY)
Salem Maritime (MA)
San Juan (Puerto Rico)
Sand Creek Massacre (CO)
Saugus Iron Works (MA)
Springfield Armory (MA)
Steamtown (PA)
Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace (NY)
Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural (NY)
Thomas Stone (MD)
Tuskegee Airmen (AL)
Tuskegee Institute (AL)
Ulysses S. Grant (MO)
Vanderbilt Mansion (NY)
Washita Battlefield (OK)
Weir Farm (CO)
Whitman Mission (WA)
William Howard Taft (OH)

International Historic Sites (1)

Saint Croix Island (ME)

National Lakeshores (4)

Apostle Islands (WI)
Indiana Dunes (IN)
Pictured Rocks (MI)
Sleeping Bear Dunes (MI)

National Memorials
(28)

Arkansas Post (AR)
Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial (VA)
Chamizal (TX)
Coronado (AZ)
De Soto (FL)
Federal Hall (NY)
Flight 93 (PA)
Fort Caroline (FL)
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial (DC)
General Grant (NY)
Hamilton Grange (NY)
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (IL/MO)
Korean War Veterans (DC)
Johnstown Flood (PA)
Lincoln Boyhood (IN)
Lincoln Memorial (DC)
Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac (DC)
Mount Rushmore (SD)
Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial (OH)
Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial (CA)
Roger Williams, Rhode Island
Thaddeus Kosciuszko (PA)
Theodore Roosevelt Island (DC)
Thomas Jefferson Memorial (DC)
Vietnam Veterans Memorial (DC)
Washington Monument (DC)
World War II Memorial (DC)
Wright Brothers (NC)

National Monuments (75)

African Burial Ground (NY)
Agate Fossil Beds (NE)
Alibates Flint Quarries (TX)
Aniakchak (AK)
Aztec Ruins (NM)
Bandelier (NM)
Booker T. Washington (VA)
Buck Island Reef (Virgin Islands)
Cabrillo (CA)
Canyon de Chelly (AZ)
Cape Krusenstern (AK)
Capulin Volcano (NM)
Casa Grande Ruins (AZ)
Castillo de San Marcos (FL)
Castle Clinton (NY)
Cedar Breaks (UT)
Chiricahua (AZ)
Colorado (CO)
Craters of the Moon (ID)
Devils Postpile (CA)
Devils Tower (WY)
Dinosaur (CO/UT)
Effigy Mounds (IA), April 30, 2007
El Malpais (NM)
El Morro (NM)
Florissant Fossil Beds (CO)
Fort Frederica (GA)
Fort Matanzas (FL)
Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine (MD)
Fort Pulaski (GA)
Fort Stanwix (NY)
Fort Sumter (SC)
Fort Union (NM)
Fossil Butte, Wyoming
George Washington Birthplace (VA)
George Washington Carver (MO)
Gila Cliff Dwellings (NM)
Governors Island, Governors Island (NY)
Grand Portage, Minnesota
Hagerman Fossil Beds (ID)
Hohokam Pima (AZ)
Homestead NM of America, Nebraska
Hovenweep (CO/UT)
Jewel Cave (SD)
John Day Fossil Beds (OR)
Lava Beds (CA)
Little Bighorn Battlefield (MT)
Minidoka Internment (ID)
Montezuma Castle (AZ)
Muir Woods (CA)
Natural Bridges (UT)
Navajo (AZ)
Ocmulgee (GA)
Oregon Caves (OR)
Organ Pipe Cactus (AZ)
Petroglyph (NM)
Pinnacles (CA)
Pipe Spring (AZ)
Pipestone (MN)
Poverty Point (LA)
Rainbow Bridge (UT)
Russell Cave (AL)
Salinas Pueblo Missions (NM)
Scotts Bluff (NE)
Statue of Liberty (NY/NJ)
Sunset Crater Volcano (AZ)
Timpanogos Cave (UT)
Tonto (AZ)
Tuzigoot (AZ)
Virgin Islands Coral Reef, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Walnut Canyon (AZ)
White Sands (NM)
World War II Valor in the Pacific (AK/HI/CA)
Wupatki (AZ)
Yucca House (CO)

National Parks
(58)

Acadia, Maine
Arches (UT)
Badlands (SD)
Big Bend (TX)
Biscayne (FL)
Black Canyon of the Gunnison (CO)
Bryce Canyon (UT)
Canyonlands (UT)
Capitol Reef (UT)
Carlsbad Caverns (NM)
Channel Islands (CA)
Congaree (SC)
Crater Lake (OR)
Cuyahoga Valley (OH)
Death Valley (CA/NV)
Denali (AK)
Dry Tortugas (FL)
Everglades (FL)
Gates of the Arctic (AK)
Glacier Bay (AK)
Glacier, Montana
Grand Canyon (AZ)
Grand Teton (WY)
Great Basin (NV)
Great Sand Dunes NP & Preserve (CO)
Great Smoky Mountains (TN/NC)
Guadalupe Mountains (TX)
Haleakalā (HI)
Hawai‘i Volcanoes (HI)
Hot Springs (AR)
Isle Royale (MI)
Joshua Tree (CA)
Katmai (AK)
Kenai Fjords (AK)
Kings Canyon (CA)
Kobuk Valley (AK)
Lake Clark (AK)
Lassen Volcanic (CA)April 30, 2007
Mammoth Cave (KY)
Mesa Verde (CO)
Mount Rainier (WA)
North Cascades (WA)
Olympic (WA)
Petrified Forest (AZ)
Redwood (CA)
Rocky Mountain (CO)
Saguaro (AZ)
National Park of Samoa (American Samoa)
Sequoia (CA)
Shenandoah (VA)
Theodore Roosevelt (ND)
Virgin Islands (Virgin Islands)
Voyageurs (MN)
Wind Cave (SD)
Wrangell-St. Elias (AK)
Yellowstone (WY/MT/ID)
Yosemite (CA)
Zion (UT)

Parkways (4)

Blue Ridge Parkway (NC)
George Washington Memorial Parkway (MD/VA)
John D. Rockefeller Jr., Memorial Parkway (WY)
Natchez Trace Parkway (MS)

National Preserves (18)

Aniakchak (AK)
Bering Land Bridge (AK)
Big Cypress (FL)
Big Thicket (TX)
Craters of the Moon (ID)
Denali (AK)
Gates of the Arctic (AK)
Glacier Bay (AK)
Great Sand Dunes (CO)
Katmai (AK)
Lake Clark (AK)
Little River Canyon (AL)
Mojave (CA)
Noatak (AK)
Tallgrass Prairie (KS)
Timucuan Ecological and Historic (FL) April 30, 2007
Wrangell-St. Elias (AK)
Yukon-Charley Rivers (AK)

National Reserves (2)

City of Rocks (ID)
Ebey's Landing NH Reserve (WA)

National Recreation Areas (18)

Amistad (TX)
Bighorn Canyon (MT/WY)
Boston Harbor Islands (MA)
Chattahoochee River (GA)
Chickasaw (OK)
Curecanti (CO)
Delaware Water Gap (PA/NJ)
Gateway (NY/NJ)
Gauley River (WV)
Glen Canyon (AZ/UT)
Golden Gate (CA)
Lake Chelan (WA)
Lake Mead (NV/AZ)
Lake Meredith (TX)
Lake Roosevelt (formerly Coulee Dam) (WA)
Ross Lake (WA)
Santa Monica Mountains (CA)
Whiskeytown Unit, Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity (CA)

National Rivers (5)

Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area (TN/KY)
Buffalo National River (AR)
New River Gorge National River (WV)
Mississippi National River and Recreation Areas (MN)
Ozark National Scenic Riverways (MO)

National Wild And Scenic Rivers (10)

Alagnak Wild River (AK)
Bluestone National Scenic River (WV)
Delaware National Scenic River (PA/NJ/NY)
Great Egg Harbor National Scenic and Recreational River (NJ)
Missouri National Recreational River (NE/SD)
Niobrara National Scenic River, (NE/SD)
Obed Wild and Scenic River (TN)
Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River (TX)
Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway (MN/WI)
Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreation River (NY/PA)

National Scenic Trails (3)

Appalachian National Scenic Trail (Maine to Georgia)
Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail (MS/TN)
Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail (VA/PA)

National Seashores (10)

Assateague Island (MD/VA)
Canaveral (FL)
Cape Cod (MA)
Cape Hatteras (NC)
Cape Lookout (NC)
Cumberland Island (GA)
Fire Island (NY)
Gulf Islands (FL/MS)
Padre Island (TX)
Point Reyes (CA)

Other Designations (11)

Catoctin Mountain Park (MD)
Constitution Gardens (DC)
Fort Washington Park (MD)
Greenbelt Park (MD)
National Capital Parks (DC)
National Mall (DC)
Piscataway Park (MD)
Prince William Forest Park (VA)
Rock Creek Park (DC)
White House (DC)
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts (VA)

Comments

We've visited 80 National Park Units so far. Our goal is to visit every national park and as many of the other units as possible.

I've visited 265 so far. Haven't been to Alaska or Hawaii. I have a feeling I'll be doing those last.

I just counted them up the other day. I've been to 73 and I'll hit two new ones this holiday weekend (St. Croix National Scenic River and Apostle Islands). I've been to four in Alaska, but they are the most accessible (Sitka, Kenai, Gold Rush and Denali)...the others there will be tough.

One of my favorite things to do is collect the passport stamps at each park. There is a special book you can buy at any park and stamps are available at visitors centers and some ranger stations all over the country. There are hidden stamps as well. The folks at www.parkstamps.org keep good and careful track.

I came in at 62, which is lower than I'd like but higher than I expected.

Great idea for a midweek diversion!

46 park units so far, 14 of which are National Parks. Like Liz, our goal is to see all the National Parks and along the way catch as many other NPS units as we can.

I think about 50 and since I'm almost 50 yrs old, that's not very good! I'll have to hit more in my next 50 yrs :) But I have visited some multiple times, yet only counted them once. The next one I want to go to most of all is the Dry Tortugas!

I didn't know you could do the passport stamp thing with the parks, thanks for the info! I do the passport book for lighthouses.

We've visited 162. We're leaving today for a two wk trip where we'll get three more.

130 NPS units so far and we're headed for Maui in August and the Boston area in Sept.

I have visited two on your list: the Lincoln Home in IL and Yosemite National Park (which I just visited earlier this month!).

I have also visited one you missed on your list: the Ice Age National Scenic Trail in WI. My husband and I hike it regularly - we can access it just a few miles out of the town where we live.

My ultimate goal is to visit them all!

Laura: The Ice Age National Scenic Trail has been a component of the National Trails System since 1980. However, it is not now, and never has been, a unit of the National Park System. The three listed National Scenic Trails (Appalachian, Natchez Trace, and Potomac Heritage) are the only National Scenic Trails that are National Park System units. Don't ask me why.

Bob, interesting thing - if you look at the recent legislation designating the New Ice Age Floods Geologic Trail, it has a specific provision saying it should not count as a unit of the park system. No clue why, as it otherwise seems like it might be involved enough to be a unit.

The national scenic trails are a different story and we've talked about it at the national park travelers club. Seems to me Natchez Trace is not like the other trails. It's more of a historic trail with a few hiking segments managed by the park service. The Appalachian Trail has a lot of federally owned land I believe. Not sure about Potomac Heritage - it may have some federal land too? Otherwise it seems more like the other trails, which are largely volunteer-org managed with oversight from a particular agency such as NPS (e.g., Ice Age, North Country) or USFS (Florida, Pacific Crest).

As for the units, I consider myself at 51 (went to Keweenaw and Isle Royale this weekend). But as you know, the counting of the 391 can get pretty wacky (some units overlap others or are essentially unvisitable) and units that have multiple designations (i.e., park and preserve) are treated as 2 units. Some members at the club try to do something specifically in both the park and preserve portions, but to me it's one big area. The transfer of land to Big Bend in the Christmas Mts., for example, has some debate because the land has been used for hunting. I think NPS noted in a report that continuing to allow hunting would be tricky as it would require congressional designation of a national preserve, making the land acquisition more complicated (NPS would rather just not allow hunting).

My wife and I have done 83 of the units, including 27 National Parks. I also find the counting of the different units to be interesting. For example, you can walk about five miles around the National Mall and pick up about 12-13 indivual units; more if you want to trek across the river. However, if you walk the freedom trail in Boston you will visit 17 different sites, but it counts only once; as the Boston National Historical Park. I do realize that many of the sites in Boston are not maintained by the NPS; maybe that is why they do not count separately. By the way, for what it is worth, I believe that every American needs to walk the Boston Freedom Trail. This walk, and the study of each of the sites, will give a person a true sense of the origins of our country and what we stand for. You can't help but get goosebumps when you stand on the decks of the USS Constitution and realize that the fastenings in the ship were made by Paul Revere. Here is an excellent site about the trail: http://www.thefreedomtrail.org/index.html. Back in DC, the George Washington Memorial Parkway counts as one unit; a few of its units, such as Theodore Roosevelt Island, also count as a unit; but several of its other units, such as the Marine Corps War Memorial (the Iwo Jima Statue), do not. By the way, if you are in Washington on Tuesdays during the summer, do not miss the Sunset Parade at the Marine Corps War Memorial. It starts at 1900 and consists of a marching concert by the Marine Corps Drum and Bugle Corps, the Commandant's Own, followed by a demonstration by the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon. Very moving. Here you can get the full information: http://www.mbw.usmc.mil/parade_sunsetdefault.asp. Here is a short video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5Fi_Ed7ISg

I've visited 80 sites and realize I'm very weak in the eastern and historic sites. Also have worked at three. Will try to add some new on this fall's journey and also revisit a few.

Now comes other questions.

How is visiting defined?
Is it going to the Visitor Center and getting your passport stamped?
Do you have to drive through the main road?
Do you have to do the main activity, such as hiking, snorkeling, walking the battlefield?
Do you have to understand why it became a national park unit?

Danny

Danny,

Hard question to answer. One answer might be that a visit is setting foot on the precise land of the unit. But if that's it, then what about a scenic fly-over or enjoying the sights of that land (without setting foot in it)? I'd tend to be pretty liberal in my definition, but I do think you have to experience the park somehow.

The visitors centers of course are usually located on park property (but not always). I'd tend to say it counts as a visit, but most units are far more than a particular building (but see Klondike Gold Rush NHP in Seattle).

FYI - for some parks, like Dry Tortugas and Isle Royale, you can get a passport stamp for the unit many many miles away from it. I have no trouble saying I don't think that counts as a visit.

You could also ask what constitutes a visit for handicapped people who are unable to visit a site in a typical way, if at all.

I am a rookie compared to most of the other responders. I have been to 11 sites. In May I visited Yosemite and Sequoia NP.What a wonderful experience even though we had a touch of snow and low temps while in Sequoia.
So many Americans don't realize what they are missing.

Have only visited about 20, so I have some catching up to do. But will be visiting Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Glacier Bay over the next 2 months.

16

I've been to 177 units (178 if you count the Oklahoma City Memorial, which was an NPS unit when I visited it). I had planned to hit a few more in July, but my trip to North Dakota got cancelled.

Hmmm, Only 11, but I'm just getting started!! Can't wait to visit more!

I've been to 77 with plans to hit a bunch on a road trip through Arizona in July.

198

To answer Danny's earlier comment, I count any visit where I've done something substantial enough to appreciate the park or site for what it is. In the case of the larger parks, like Yosemite or Denali it's at least several days actually in the woods or on the water. For smaller parks, it's walking the appropriate trail, seeing the right exhibits, etc.

I've taken about 6-8 off my list because I realized I had done the WRONG thing: walked one little nature trail or simply stopped at the visitor's center and tried to count it. I'll have to go back to those places later & do them right.

Bob:

What happened to the National Historic Trails http://imgis.nps.gov/national_historic_trails.html
like the Trail of Tears? and the Overmountain Victory Trail http://www.nps.gov/ovvi/index.htm?

I would like to count them but I can't find them on your list.
Danny

Nothing happened to those trails, Danny -- they just aren't counted as units of the National Park System. The National Park Service administers 19 of the long-distance trails in the National Trails System (and co-administers several), yet counts only a few as units of the national Park System. Trail of Tears and Overmountain Victory are not among that select few.

My brother referred me to this site. We had to compare our park lists. Many we visited at the same time, others not. I came up with 83 and counting. Planning to add more when I retire in a couple of years.

I have visited 45 from your list, but it is missing the Oklahoma City National Memorial and the Valor in the Pacific Memorial (Pearl Harbor), both of which I consider units despite Bob's legalistic stance on the matter. Personally I find it offensive that simply because the people of Oklahoma have taken the funding burden off the NPS, that Bob does not consider this sacred site a part of the National Parks system. It is still listed on the NPS site, still has national park signage and displays, and still employs national park rangers.

I found i have visited 43 of the above listed places. Mostly in the west (Ca, Co, Wa, Wy, Mt, SD, NM, AZ, Ut)... because this is mostly where I have lived... Someday I hope to be able to make it out to the Eastern US and see may of the parks out there. I think they are a terrific heritage for our children and all future generations.

jbrown84,

It isn't Bob who is deciding what is an NPS unit. There is simply a list NPS maintains based on its own methods and that list comes up to 392.

Numerous sites are "affiliates," which receive some kind of NPS support but are not units. Apparently the change to affiliate status was at the request of the foundation.

According to the NPS site for the memorial, it is "privately owned and administered by the Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation." Privately run memorials/parks are almost always considered affiliates and not units. In any case, it's my sense that it was the foundation that wanted to take things over, and in doing so they (perhaps proudly) surrendered their status as a unit.

So it's not Bob's count, it's the count based on what is a unit. Again I'm not sure how some things in the gray area are units and some are not, but privately run memorials are typically not, and it looks like that's the way they wanted it.

Thanks for watching my back, Mike. My sins may be many and varied, but the roster doesn't include inappropriate designations, redesignations, or dedesignations of National Park System units.

I guess a unit is a unit, although sometimes the jurisdiction can be shared. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, and there is a particularly varied NPS unit in Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which includes Fort Mason, the Presidio of San Francisco, Ocean Beach, parts of Stinson Beach, Alcatraz, the Marin Headlands, Bolinas Ridge, Sweeney Ridge, Lands End, Cliff House, and other sites. The superintendent is also in charge of Muir Woods NM as well as Fort Point NHS, which was an NPS site long before the surrounding Presidio was absorbed. I know a lot of people get confused with actual counts given that Kings Canyon NP and Sequoia NP are essentially the same jurisdiction. I was able to add one to my count because we travelled from Grand Teton NP to Yellowstone NP via the John D. Rockefeller Parkway, and even had breakfast at Flagg Ranch.

I counted 35 by the strict interpretation of named NPS units. I know it doesn't sound like much. Once I got curious and checked out Rosie the Riveter NHP, but only visited the little memorial which is in a city park in Richmond, CA.

Where is the official list of units?

For example, when I look at the National Park web site, I see a separate web page for the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail which has a headquarters and visitor center in Omaha, and it even has its own Junior Ranger program, but it is not on your list. I assume that is because it's not a "unit," so where is the official list of "units"?

I have the official list of NPS units. It includes the areas that are not units and some that count as 2. I do not know how to attch it to this, so I'm going to e-mail it to Bob and see if he can post it so anyone who wants can see it.

The 392 National Park units are all on this list, Alec. The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail is not on the list because it is not an official unit of the National Park System. There are several places you can find a listing of the official units. One good place to see the complete listing is the National Parks Index 2009-2011 (aka the "Red Book"). An advantage of that source is the appendix listings of NPS-administered or co-administered sites (such as the above-mentioned trail) that are NOT official units of the National Park System. BTW, as you have seen, having a National Park Service-administered web page or a Junior Ranger Program does not make a place an official unit of the National Park System. There are even some sites staffed with uniformed park rangers that aren't official units of the NPS. Please don't blame me for this confusing situation.

Thanks anyway, RangerLady. The list I've published is the same as the official list, but reduced to clutter-free form for ease of access and counting.

130 so far-that's if you count two units I was at before they became NPS units and if you don't count Ok City-worked in 10-if its west of the Mississippi and not in Alaska odds are I've been there

326 and counting. On my way to 392. Next up Voyageurs National Park later this month.
Been to all Hawaii units, but none in Alaska or the territories yet.

Rick -

Very impressive, and if you've yet to visit Alaska, you've saved some of the best for last :-)

My total is 76. Thanks for the list! I've printed it & it's going in the RV. We're retiring next year & hitting the road. This list will be great for areas we plan to visit.

Just counted been to 24 National Parks and 88 total NP units. Pretty cool, just visited Rocky Mountain, Grand Teton and Yellowstone last week. What a wonderful legacy the park system is for current and future generations.

My husband and I have now officially visited 201 National Park Units including 46 National Parks. For us, that means spending enough time in the park to really experience all it has to offer, camping when it is available, and writing a journal entry about our visit. We've also been to the Oklahoma City Memorial and American Memorial Park in Saipan which are not included in the 392. There are a couple of places we haven't counted because we visited them about 40 years ago before we started keeping journals. These need a return visit. Since we started documenting our trips long before the passport program began, we have our journal entries and each park brochure organized into 5 large binders. We'll need a few more binders by the time we complete all 392 units!

I have been very fortunate to visit 380 of the units. In each case I have to be physically present in the unit for it to count. With the additionof the River Raisin National Battlefield Park this week I have 12 more to visit in 2011. 1 unit has no public access. The Hohokum Pima National Monument is off limits. Like Nancy-Ann and her husband, I have binders for all of the official park guides. Most are stamped with the day I visited the unit. Most of the remaining sites are in Alaska. The last site, the Eugene O'Neil House is the site located closest to where I live here in California. I will have a celebration with family and friends when I finish. If there are others who have visited all 393 of the units I would like to hear about them.

If you've made it to 100 or more of the Units, you are eligible to receive a certificate recognizing your accomplishment if you become a Member of the National Park Travelers Club.... you can check our website at www.parkstamps.org for more details on that if you are interested!

Looks like we're at 93 and adding more each summer. I have stamps from almost all of them. The only reason is the park visitor center was not open. I love visiting our country's National Parks. Each one has something unique to investigate and enjoy.

Of the 394 units 1 is not open to the public. This leaves 393 units to visit. I have visited 382 of the 393. I am on my way to Alaska to go to the remaining units there. The last unit on my adventure will be the Eugene O'Neil House. This last one is the closest to where I live. I started this adventure in 1997.