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National Park Guide

National Park Guide

National Park System Map and Guide

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Using This Guide

Whether you are traveling to Mount Rainier, Congaree Swamp, or the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, visiting a national park can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This guide can help you plan your visit of the natural, historical, and recreational areas in the National Park System. General information on recreational activities and visitor services is shown on the chart (71KB) (pdf file must be viewed with Adobe Acrobat reader. Click on magnifying glass to magnify chart) with a black dot. A few parks shown on the map (1705KB) (pdf file must be viewed with Adobe Acrobat reader. Click on magnifying glass to magnify map) but not on this chart because they do not have the activities or services listed here. Some parks listed without dots may be under development or provide limited services at this time. Activities and services in the parks are provided by the National Park Service (NPS) and by private concessioners. They may also be provided also by other federal, state, and local agencies, and communities.


The National Park Service cares for special places so that all my experience our heritage. In addition, many parks are honored by the United Nations as internationally significant; they are indicated with these symbols.

small square Biosphere Reserves are major scientific and educational ecosystems that protect the diversity of life.
small triangle World Heritage Sites are examples of natural wonders or demonstrate outstanding human achievement.


Fees may include entrance, camping, user, tour, boat launch, or other charges. All fees may not be shown on this guide. Persons 16 and younger are admitted to national parks free.

National Park Passes

Special passes available at parks charging entrance fees include: The National Parks Pass (, a 12-month entrance pass to parks in the National Park System; Golden Age Passport, for U. S. citizens and permanent residents age 62 or older; and Golden Access Passport, for qualifying persons with disabilities. Passes do not cover user, camping, or other fees.


Depending on the park and the time of year, you may find interpretive talks, seasonal festivals, Junior Ranger activities, and living history and nature programs. Parks with activities such as boating or horseback riding may or may not rent equipment or horses. Hunting and fishing are allowed in some parks, but state and federal regulations apply.


Reservations may be required in parks with heavy visitation and for group sites. Sites are usually available on a first-come, first-served basis. Fees vary. Backcountry permits may be required.


The visitor center, restrooms, and some campsites in most parks are accessible for visitors with disabilities. Many parks offer accessible trails and exhibits, TDD numbers, captioned films, large-print brochures, audio or video tours of the park, and other services.

Plan Ahead!

Contact parks in advance about reservations, permits, regulations, activities, and services. For more information about services nearby communities, contact the state divisions of tourism and area chambers of commerce.

More Information

National Park Service
Office of Public Inquires
Room 1013
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20240

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