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National Park Week Quiz #7 Revealed: Plenty of Parks

National Park Week Quiz #7 required you to derive a dozen national park “stem words” using just the letters in a 3 x 3 grid resembling a tic-tac-toe game.

You were given the letters K, E, C, S, R, Y, G, O, and F to work with, and you were told that the letter R must be used in every stem word created.

By following these rules it is possible to create a surprising number of national park stem words. A total of 15 are listed below with 26 different national parks that have one of these words in their name.


Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park
Moores Creek National Battlefield
Rock Creek Park**
Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site
Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield


Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site


Harpers Ferry National Military Park


Valley Forge National Historical Park


Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area


George Rogers Clark National Historical Park**
George Washington Carver National Monument
George Washington Birthplace National Monument
George Washington Memorial Parkway


New River Gorge National River


Buck Island Reef National Monument
Capitol Reef National Park
Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument


Point Reyes National Seashore


Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site
Rock Creek Park**


City of Rocks National Reserve
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore


Rocky Mountain National Park


Roger Williams National Memorial


George Rogers Clark National Historical Park**


Ross Lake National Recreation Area

** Contains two qualifying stem words.

Congratulations to the Traveler readers who produced 12 or more national park stem words from the word cube: Ken, viewmtn, OutInTheStiks, celbert, y_p_w, Ranger Dave, Caprice Kutz, Eric, Kevin M, David Crowl, volknitter, Jason, JanetinKY, ILoveRoadTrips, andcla03, Mizzou Bluke, EEW, RC, s, Clara, jchappell740, deskbound parky, and Eric Nelson. All are eligible for Traveler’s National Park Week prize drawing and a chance to win a National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map for a national park of their choice.


Nice catch, celbert. The correct number is 15, not 17 as I originally said. (To avoid further confusion, I've made the correction.) Here;'s the weaselspeak: I double-counted -- not once, but twice. The correct count for parks was 26 too, not 25. Very sloppy of me.

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