Posted: Apr 3, 2013 3:31 PM by Adam Bell
Updated: Apr 3, 2013 3:34 PM
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK - Yellowstone National Park tops the chart at the fourth most visited national park in the country.
According to a Park Services press release, more than 3.4 million visitors entered the park in 2012.
This puts the park fourth, just behind Yosemite National Park with 3.8 million visitors. Park spokesperson Al Nash says that this placement of fourth is typical for Yellowstone and that the top parks are closer to a larger population, leading to the higher attendance in those particular parks.
The number one visited national park was the Great Smoky National Park with more than 9.6 million visitors, second was Grand Canyon National Park. Find a top 10 list for both National Park System Parks and National Parks along with the number of visitors below.
Most Visited Places of the National Park System (2012)
1. Blue Ridge Parkway 15,205,059
2. Golden Gate National Recreation Area 14,540,338
3. Great Smoky Mountains National Park 9,685,829
4. George Washington Memorial Parkway 7,425,577
5. Lake Mead National Recreation Area 6,285,439
6. Lincoln Memorial 6,191,361
7. Natchez Trace Parkway 5,560,668
8. Gateway National Recreation Area 5,043,863
9. Gulf Islands National Seashore 4,973,462
10. Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area 4,970,802
Most Visited National Parks (2012)
1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park 9,685,829
2. Grand Canyon National Park 4,421,352
3. Yosemite National Park 3,853,404
4. Yellowstone National Park 3,447,729
5. Rocky Mountain National Park 3,229,617
6. Zion National Park 2,973,607
7. Olympic National Park 2,824,908
8. Grand Teton National Park 2,705,256
9. Acadia National Park 2,431,052
10. Cuyahoga Valley National Park 2,299,722