The Country’s Smallest National Parks Are In Pennsylvania…And You Won’t Believe How Tiny They Are
Sometimes the best things come in the smallest packages. Sure, it’s an old cliché, but two of the smallest national parks to visit in the country, which just so happen to be in Pennsylvania, prove that cliché to be true.
**Editor’s note: please note that both of these national parks are currently closed to visitors due to COVID-19. For more information, visit each park’s page on the National Parks Service website, linked below.
A visit to two of the smallest national parks in the nation promises a revealing look at Pennsylvania’s past. Keep with the theme of visiting Pennsylvania’s tiny spots with a trip to this tiny Pennsylvania town that offers plenty to do.
National parks to visit in Pennsylvania
What are some of the best state parks to visit in Pennsylvania?
Pennsylvania’s a nature- and outdoor-lover’s dream. Why? Well, just consider that PA is home to 121 state parks, which give us plenty of outdoor spots to explore. Still, with all those state parks, some do tend to get overlooked. Make a promise to yourself to visit some of the lesser-known state parks in Pennsylvania, where you’ll discover local wildlife, incredible trails, and gushing waterfalls. What could be better? Nothing, we say!
What are some beautiful parks to visit in Pennsylvania?
In addition to boasting both beautiful national *and* state parks, Pennsylvania is home to numerous preserves and natural areas well-worth exploring. For starters, did you know that Pennsylvania’s home to more than 2,500 natural and manmade lakes? That means we’re never too far from a lake where we can spend a leisurely day, and we certainly have no shortage of gorgeous lakes throughout the state. Perhaps the most jaw dropping lake in Pennsylvania, Curwensville Lake features stunning blue water that’s even more striking under the golden sun. The lake, which has a sandy beach, is popular with beachgoers, swimmers, and boaters. Another place we love is Hawk Mountain, which leads the list of one of the most scenic sites in the state. It’s also home to the non-profit Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, a destination that beckons bird lovers, hikers, and nature lovers. Spanning more than 2,500 acres in Kempton, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary features seven hiking trails, from daylong treks to short and sweet paths. Talk about a nature lover’s dream-come-true!
What’s the smallest national park in the country?
While the above national parks in Pennsylvania are two of the smallest to visit in the U.S., they aren’t *the* smallest of the country’s 61 national parks. That honor would go to Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas! At just 5,550 acres, it’s the smallest national park in the country — but you know what they say about good things coming in small packages? This is most definitely true for this National State gem!