National Parks Enjoy Strong Visitation Last Year (3/14/2019)

Story by Woodall's Campground Management

From the Great Smoky Mountains to the coast of Olympic National Park, 2018 marked another busy year for our national park system. 

Curbed reported that many parks saw a record-number of people in 2018 as visitations to all national parks exceeded 300 million recreation visits for the fourth consecutive year.

In total, approximately 318 million people visited a national park last year, making it the third busiest year since record keeping began in 1904. Out of the 385 parks that report visitation figures, 28 set a new record for visitation in 2018, with 17 parks breaking a record that was set in 2017. 

Parks that saw record visits included Arches, Death Valley, the Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Joshua Tree, and Rocky Mountain National Park.

The takeaway? More and more people are visiting national parks, and the trend shows no sign of slowing.

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