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The 7 Principles
The Seven Principles of "Leave No Trace" provide an easily understood framework of minimum impact practices for anyone visiting the outdoors. Although Leave No Trace has its roots in backcountry settings, the Principles have been adapted so that they can be applied anywhere — from remote wilderness areas, to local parks and even in your own backyard.
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National Heritage Areas (48)
Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area, Illinois413 S. 8th Street
Not open to the public.
Springfield, IL 62701
Phone: (217) 492-4241
Description: The Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area is a National Heritage Area in central Illinois telling the story of Abraham Lincoln.
America's Agricultural Heritage Partnership
Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area604 Lafayette St
Waterloo, IA 50703
Phone: (319) 234-4567
Description: Silos and Smokestacks was designated as a national heritage area in 1996. The name is intended to reflect both the farms and industries that constitute agribusiness. The Silos & Smokestacks region covers the northeast third of the state of Iowa, including thirty-seven counties. The cities of Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Waterloo, Dubuque, and Iowa City are all located within the region.
Arabia Mountain National Hertiage Area, Georgia3350 Klondike Road
Lithonia, GA 30038
Phone: (404) 998-8384
Description: For millions of years, granite monadnocks have stood watch over the rivers and forests of Georgia. These breathtaking landscapes are the cornerstones of the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, which serves to protect & promote these outcrops and the surrounding region as a recreational wonder and national treasure
Atchafalaya National Heritage Area, LouisianaLouisiana
Baton Rouge, LA 70804
Phone: (337) 228-1094
Description: Our country’s landscape is rich and mysterious. It is filled with twisting bayous, rivers and America’s largest river swamp. We have fields of sugar cane and cotton, ancient live oaks and towering cypress. Alligators, raccoons, and even bears roam our lands while 270 species of birds take to our skies. From our waters come catfish, shrimp, oysters and the crawfish that make us so well known.
Augusta Canal National Heritage Area, Georgia1450 Greene Street
Augusta, GA 30901
Description: The Augusta Canal helped usher the Industrial Revolution into the American South. Built in 1845 as a source of power, water, and transportation, the canal today is the only fully intact American industrial canal in continuous operation. By 1847 the first mills opened, followed by the massive Civil War era Confederate Powder Works and many more industries in the later decades of the 19th century.
Baltimore National Heritage Area, Maryland12 W. Madison St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (410) 878-6411
Description: For nearly three centuries, Baltimore has stood as a center of commerce and culture for the Chesapeake Bay. The city has seen the incredible transformation of American identity, shaped by war, prosperity, and struggles for freedom and civil rights. Visit the Baltimore National Heritage Area to experience the places and people that shaped the nation and forged the American identity.
Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, North Carolina95 Hemphill Knob Road (Parkway Milepost 384)
Asheville, NC 28803
Phone: (828) 298-5330
Description: The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area is a place unlike any other on Earth, where ancient landscapes enchant the eye and age-old traditions warm the heart. The distinctive landscape of the North Carolina mountains and foothills combined with the region’s living traditions of craft, music, agriculture and Cherokee heritage create a wealth of natural and cultural treasures unmatched in our country.
Cache La Poudre River National Heritage Area, Colorado3745 E Prospect Rd
Fort Collins, CO 80525
Phone: (805) 25-9791
Description: The Cache la Poudre River runs through Northern Colorado’s history. Its story is crucial to understand the area's system of water management, the evolution of the area's economy and changes in recreational activities.
Cane River National Heritage Area, Louisiana1115 Washington Street
Natchitoches, LA 71457
Phone: (318) 356-5555
Description: More than 300-years of history are etched into the rural landscape of colonial forts, plantations, churches, cemeteries, and homes that comprise Cane River National Heritage Area. Historically, this region lay at the intersection of the French and Spanish Realms in the New World, with the town of Natchitoches originating as an important 18th century trade center.
Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership, New York and VermontNew York and Vermont surrounding Lake Champlain.
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Description: Nestled between the Adirondacks of New York and the Green Mountains of Vermont, the Champlain Valley has been the setting for innovations in business and technology, invasions and armed insurrections, new directions in religion and politics, long periods of peace and prosperity, and the beginnings of the conservation movement.
Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area, New Jersey101 Barrack St
Trenton, NJ 08608
Phone: (609) 633-2060
Description: Crossroads of the American Revolution interprets the Revolutionary War in New Jersey through a series of fourteen storylines. These storylines are representative of the war’s events and impacts in different regions of the heritage area and substantially represent the overall story of the American Revolution in New Jersey.
Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Pennsylvania2750 Hugh Moore Park Road
Easton, PA 18042
Phone: (610) 923-3548
Description: Come journey through five Pennsylvania counties bursting with heritage and brimming with outdoor adventure. Follow the D&L Trail, a historic pathway marked with stories about hearty lumberjacks, coal miners, lock tenders, and railroaders. Explore the history of the Corridor at the National Canal Museum or along quiet canal paths, challenging bike trails and the rippling waters of the river.
Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, New York1 Delaware Avenue
Cohoes, NY 12047
Phone: (518) 237-7000
Description: Explore the Erie Canal and discover America's most famous and influential man-made waterway. Nowhere else will you find the distinctive locks and low bridges of the New York State Canal System or discover towns and cities whose watery front doors still give way to lively Main Streets.
Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area, Kansas and Missouri200 West 9th St
Lawrence, KS 66044
Phone: (785) 856-5300
Description: This family-friendly, travel podcast series was created by An Sasala, a Hall Center for the Humanities Fellow, working with Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area. Listen for places to take your children to explore the history of the shaping of the frontier, the Missouri-Kansas Border War, and the enduring struggle for freedom. Find More than a Yellow Brick Road on SoundCloud.
Freedom's Way National Heritage Area, Massachusetts and New HampshireMinute Man National Historical Park
North Bridge Visitor Center / Park Head Quarters
174 Liberty St
Concord, MA 01742
Phone: (978) 369-6993
Description: Encompassing 45 communities in North Central Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire, Freedom’s Way connects the people, places and communities of the National Heritage Area through preservation, conservation and educational initiatives to protect and promote the natural, historic and cultural resources of the region.
Great Basin National Heritage Route, Nevada and Utah87 Baker Ave
Baker, NV 89311
Phone: (775) 234-7171
Description: In the Great Basin National Heritage Area, history, culture, and the natural world combine to create a distinct landscape that offers unique opportunities for recreation and reflection. Trade in traffic and tension for wide open spaces, uncrowded trails, and star-filled night skies. Here in the Great Basin, traditions endure and a pioneering spirit prevails.
Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina2817 Maybank Highway
Johns Island, SC 29455
Phone: (843) 818-4587
Description: Designated by Congress in 2006, the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor extends from Wilmington, North Carolina in the north to Jacksonville, Florida in the south. It is home to one of America's most unique cultures, a tradition first shaped by captive Africans brought to the southern United States from West Africa and continued in later generations by their descendents.
Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, New York625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12210
Phone: (518) 473-3835
Description: Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area stretches from New York City to Albany. The area resources exhibit the roles of freedom and dignity in the valley's history, and the historical and contemporary role of commerce. Revolutionary War stories, famous residences, scenic parks and gardens, and landscape interpretations all contribute to the Hudson Valley's beauty and wealth of resources.
Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor, IllinoisIllinois Avenue west of Canal Port Plaza
Morris, IL 60450
Description: Morris is a quintessential rural Midwestern town filled with unique, small shops – some old and some new – most in historic buildings, sitting right along the I&M Canal, just a stone’s throw from the Illinois River and many recreational activities:
John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Massachusetts and Rhode Island670 Linwood Ave
Northbridge, MA 01588
Phone: (508) 234-4242
Description: The Blackstone River runs from Worcester, MA to Providence, RI. Its waters powered the Slater Mill in Pawtucket, RI, America's first successful cotton spinning mill. This creative spark began the nation's transformation from Farm to Factory. Today, the Blackstone River Valley is a special type of National Park - a living landscape containing thousands of natural and historic treasures.
Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and VirginiaExtending from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, through Maryland and West Virginia, and ending at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Virginia,
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Phone: (717) 338-9114
Description: The Journey is a unique historic, natural and scenic region, with farms and orchards; woodlands and forests; rivers and streams; rolling hills and mountain views; and unspoiled landscapes that can be explored by car, bike, canoe, foot or on horseback. The region is alive with vibrant historic downtowns, rich agriculture and an abundant bounty of wineries, inns and unique cultural events.
Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area, AlaskaPO Box 1934
Girdwood, AK 99587
Description: The designation of Alaska’s Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm as a National Heritage Area recognizes the compelling history and culture of an area that cradles some of the most influential crossroads of Alaska’s history. Explore these historic, cultural, scenic, and outdoor recreational resources to discover the story of Alaska’s National Heritage Area.
Lackawanna Valley National Heritage Area, PennsylvaniaScranton, PA 18501
Description: The Lackawanna Heritage Valley National and State Heritage Area is located in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Based in Scranton, the heritage area encompasses the watershed of the Lackawanna River in Lackawanna, Susquehanna, Wayne, and Luzerne counties.
Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area, Arkansas, Louisiana, and MississippiThe Delta Center for Culture & Learning
Cleveland, MS 38733
Phone: (662) 846-4312
Description: The Blues, Welty, Wright, Williams, Civil War and Civil Rights, The Great Flood, Bogues and Bayous, Plantations, The Great Migration, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Soul Food, King Cotton, The River, Precision Agriculture, Catfish, Gospel, Immigrants' Stories, Highway 61, Segregation, Integration, Share Cropping, Freedom Songs, Freedom Summer, Folk Tales, Swamp Forests, Hunting Clubs, and surprisingly, hot tamale
Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area, MississippiMississippi Department of Marine Resources
1141 Bayview Avenue
Biloxi, MS 39530
Phone: (228) 523-4150
Description: The Mississippi Gulf Coast is a culturally, historically, and environmentally distinctive region where many chapters in the national story have been written. The bounties of the Mississippi Gulf Coast's natural resources have brought people to this area from all over the world. The modern culture of the Coast consists of a multi-ethnic gumbo of people and traditions.
Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area, MississippiMississippi Hills Heritage Area Alliance
398 East Main Street,
Tupelo, MS 38804
Phone: (662) 844-1278
Description: See the birthplace where Elvis made his entrance to the world stage ... Walk among the nation’s most extensive remaining Civil War earthworks from one of the largest sieges in the Western Hemisphere, at the Crossroads of the Confederacy ... There’s so much to see and do in the Mississippi Hills. Faulkner once said he could spend a lifetime writing about it—you could spend a lifetime exploring it.
Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area, Utah115 West Main
Mt Pleasant, UT 84647
Phone: (801) 699-5065
Description: Visit the Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area
MotorCities National Heritage Area, Michigan200 Renaissance Center
Detroit, MI 48243
Phone: (313) 259-3425
Description: If you are interested in automotive history, then MotorCities National Heritage Area is the place to be. Tour the factory where Henry Ford created and built the Model T. Learn the stories behind the creation of General Motors and DamilerChrysler. Come with us and learn about the long and sometimes tenuous relationship between Labor and Industry while experiencing southeast Michigan.
Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area, AlabamaUNA Box 5231
Florence, AL 35632
Phone: (256) 765-5028
Description: The Tennessee River brought the early Native Americans and then the European settlers. For years, it frustrated those who tried to cross it or tame it. Men fought from its banks and others found power from its waters. It created a culture. It shaped a region. The region’s sites, buildings, and relics whisper tales of some of the nation’s biggest moments and how the river played a role in each.
National Aviation National Heritage Area, Ohio16 South Williams St.
Dayton, OH 45402
Phone: (937) 225-7705
Description: Aviation is chock-full of tradition & history and nowhere will you find a richer collection of aviation than here, the birthplace of aviation. From the straightforward bicycle shops that fostered the Wright brothers' flying ambitions to the complex spacecraft that carried man to the moon, the National Aviation Heritage Area has everything you need to learn about this country’s aviation legacy.
National Coal National Heritage Area, West Virginia100 Kelly Avenue
Oak Hill, WV 25901
Phone: (304) 465-3720
Description: The 5300 square mile National Coal Heritage Area lies in southern West Virginia, a region shaped by the history of coal deposits found in its ancient mountains. Today, the area’s communities retain much of their original character as “company towns,” reflecting local traditions, immigrant laborers and the dominance of the coal industry.
Niagara Falls National Heritage Area, New York125 Timon Hall
Niagara University, NY 14109
Phone: (716) 286-8579
Description: Designated by Congress in 2008, the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area stretches from the western boundary of Wheatfield, New York to the mouth of the Niagara River on Lake Ontario, including the communities of Niagara Falls, Youngstown, and Lewiston. The region is home to natural wonders, rich cultural traditions, and nationally significant historical sites.
Northern Plains National Heritage Area, North DakotaNorthern Plains Heritage Foundation
401 West Main Street
Mandan, ND 58554
Phone: (701) 663-4758
Description: The goal of the Northern Plains National Heritage Area is to develop long term educational benefits through heritage tourism in cooperation with private and public partners.
Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area, New MexicoThe New Mexico counties of Rio Arriba, Santa Fe, and Taos.
Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area, Inc
848 State Road 68
Alcalde, NM 87511
Phone: (505) 852-0030
Description: Stretching from Albuquerque to the Colorado border, the Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area includes Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, and Taos counties. It encompasses a mosaic of cultures, including the Jicarilla Apache, eight Pueblo tribes, and the descendants of Spanish colonists who settled in the area beginning in 1598—a generation before the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock.
Ohio and Erie National Heritage Canalway, OhioDescription: Ohio and Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor Travel Itinerary is produced by the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places and Cuyahoga Valley National Park, in partnership with the Ohio and Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor, Ohio Historic Preservation Office and the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers.
Oil Region National Heritage Area, Pennsylvania217 Elm Street
Oil City, PA 16301
Phone: (814) 677-3152
Description: Oil Region National Heritage Area in northwestern Pennsylvania tells of the world’s first successful commercial oil well and a legacy of petroleum that continues to shape industry, society, and politics. The Oil Region includes oil artifacts, scenic communities, farmlands and woodlands, and industrial landscapes, and offers visitors heritage attractions and four seasons of outdoor recreation.
Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, Pennsylvania623 E. Eighth Avenue
Homestead, PA 15120
Phone: (412) 464-4020
Description: Situated in southwestern Pennsylvania, the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area reveals how one region, in a sustained and thunderous blast of innovation, ambition and fire, forever changed America and its place in the world. It is the story of the industrialists and the workers who pushed an infant industry to it ultimate limits and in doing so pushed the world into the Age of Steel.
Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area, ColoradoVisitor Center
11999 State Highway 150
Mosca, CO 81146
Phone: (719) 378-6395
Description: The vast San Luis Valley, cradle of Colorado’s early settlement and a treasure trove of important natural, cultural and historical features, is America’s newest national heritage area.
Schuylkill River Valley National Heritage Area, Pennsylvania140 College Drive
Pottstown, PA 19464
Phone: (484) 945-0200
Description: The Schuylkill River Heritage Area is the birthplace of the movements that shaped the nation, fueled its growth, and reclaimed its future. It was along the banks of this river and its tributaries that the American, Industrial, and Environmental Revolutions were born. Explore the stories, visit the places, and experience the region’s vitality by visiting the Schuylkill River Heritage Area
Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District, VirginiaCedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park, Shenandoah National Park, Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District
The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District
9386 S. Congress St
New Market, VA 22844
Phone: (540) 740-4545
Description: The peaceful beauty of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley was shattered during the American Civil War. Today you can still view much of the landscape as it was seen by soldiers and civilians during the war, and you can explore the region’s dramatic Civil War story at historic sites, battlefields, courthouses, cemeteries, walking trails, and museums that tell the story of those storm-tossed years.
South Carolina National Heritage Corridor, South CarolinaPO Box 477
Belton, SC 29627
Phone: (803) 824-9000
Description: Designated in 1996, the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor is committed to promoting and preserving the cultural, natural and historic resources of the state. The corridor stretches across 17 counties from the Appalachian Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean.
South Park National Heritage Area, Colorado418 Main St
Fairplay, CO 80440
Phone: (719) 836-2031
Description: The National Heritage Area covers the majority of Park County, including the communities of Lake George, Hartsel, Fairplay, Como, Tarryall, Jefferson and Alma, all roughly within South Park or the surrounding mountains. The area includes portions of the Mosquito Range, the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness, the Lost Creek Wilderness, and the Lost Creek National Natural Landmark.
Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, Tennessee1416 E Main St
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Phone: (615) 898-2947
Description: Experience the powerful stories of military conflict in a divided state, the demands of the homefront and occupation, the freedom of emancipation, and the enduring legacies of Reconstruction at sites across the entire state of Tennessee.
The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor, Connecticut and Massachusetts203 B Main Street,
Danielson, CT 06239
Phone: (860) 774-3300
Description: Discover the beauty of The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor! Spanning 35 towns in northeastern Connecticut and south-central Massachusetts, The Last Green Valley is surprisingly rural and uniquely historic. With 1,100 square miles that are still 77% forests and farms, the pastoral landscape is interspersed with powerful rivers, mill villages, and vibrant town centers
Upper Housantonic Valley National Heritage Area, Connecticut and Massachusetts24 Main Street
Salisbury, CT 06068
Phone: (860) 435-9505
Description: The Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area is a federally designated National Heritage Area in the U.S. states of Connecticut and Massachusetts. The heritage area interprets and promotes the historical, cultural and scenic features of the upper Housatonic River valley in the western part of both states.
Wheeling National Heritage Area, West Virginia1400 Main Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
Phone: (304) 232-3087
Description: The Wheeling National Heritage Area celebrates the city’s dramatic setting along the Ohio River, providing experiences in Victorian architecture, waterfront park development, historic city markets, renovated industrial buildings featuring retail shops, restaurants and interpretive exhibits, and West Virginia Independence Hall, the birthplace of the state of West Virginia during the Civil War.
Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area, Arizona180 West 1st Street
Yuma, AZ 85364
Phone: (928) 373-5198
Description: Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area is not a park per se but more an umbrella organization set up to assist in the conservation, restoration and management of natural, cultural and historic resources in the Yuma Crossing area.