Throughout the state there are 18 national parks to explore. Pennsylvania s first state park was valley forge state park purchased by the commonwealth on may 30 1893 to preserve valley forge it was transferred to the national park service nps on the bicentennial of the united states july 4 1976.
There are several properties included within the park such as gettysburg battlefield gettysburg national cemetery gettysburg museum and visitor center and several other non battle areas.
National parks pa. Walker founded a bank and served as its president. Top pennsylvania national parks. The first railroad to circumvent the allegheny mountains the allegheny portage railroad was the finishing piece of the pennsylvania mainline canal.
Lee s retreat to virginia and the end of the confederacy s hope for independence. A quick guide to pennsylvania s national parks. Gettysburg national military park is the historic site of one of the most crucial battles of the american civil war.
Pennsylvania national parks include 7 national heritage areas 4 wild and scenic rivers managed by the national park service 5 national trails and 167 national historic landmarks. The beautiful state of pennsylvania is filled with amazing destinations. Pennsylvania has no national parks but it is home to more than 2 dozen sites trails heritage areas and corridors managed by the national park service.
As of 2012 forty two pennsylvania state park sites are on the national register of historic places. Named as one of the national park service sites in pennsylvania gettysburg national military park is located in gettysburg pennsylvania. Many state parks still preserve history.
National historic site allegheny portage railroad gallitzin pa. Many of these parks protect sirs of historic importance from the sites of military battles others commemorate people of importance in u s. Eleanor roosevelt participated in the league of women voters women s trade union league and her state s political party s committee.
There are 19 national parks in pennsylvania that receive over 10 million visitors a year. The portage opened in 1834 marking the first time that there was one direct route between philadelphia and pittsburgh. These visitors produce over 516 million in economic benefits from tourism.
Pennsylvania national parks allegheny portage railroad national historic site appalachian national scenic trail. Visitors to the state have the opportunity for a wonderful vacation. Depending on where you are from the appalachian national scenic trail either starts in mount katahdin maine and ends in springer mountain georgia or starts in springer mountain georgia and ends in katahdin maine.
See reviews and photos of national parks in pennsylvania united states on tripadvisor. Fought july 1 3 1863 the battle of gettysburg resulted in confederate general robert e. She used her bank to provide economic empowerment to women.
Nearly 100 percent of the park s lights are night.