6 Fun Facts About National Parks in the Southeast

07 16 2015

  • Everglades National Park (Florida) is the “largest continuous stand of sawgrass prairie in North America,” according to the National Park Service. Bonus fact: This park is also home to nine threatened species and 14 endangered ones. Learn more about the Everglades.
  • Interested in visiting the largest known cave system on the planet? Then you want to be at the aptly named Mammoth Cave National Park, which contains over 400 miles of cave.

  • Our first official Lincoln memorial is the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park, which celebrates the log cabin in which our 16th president was born.

  • The first successful airplane flights were on December 17, 1903 in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The Wright Brothers National Memorial celebrates these revolutionary takeoffs that changed the history of travel.
  • There have been bear sightings on national parks, including the Smokies. Be sure to get information on the animal population at the park you’re visiting. Read the National Park Service’s advice on bears, and if there are bears in the area, be sure to pack bear bells and bear spray.
  • The most visited national park is Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which has 9.3 million visitors per year. Plan your trip to the Smokies.