National Park Service

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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.


National Recreation Areas (18)

Amistad National Recreation Area, Texas

4121 Veterans Blvd
Del Rio, TX 78840
Phone: (830) 775-7491
Description: An oasis in the desert, Amistad National Recreation Area consists of the US portion of the International Amistad Reservoir. Amistad, whose name comes from the Spanish word meaning friendship, is best known for excellent water-based recreation, camping, hiking, rock art viewing, and its rich cultural history. Amistad is also home to a wide variety of plant and animal life above and below the water.

WebCam from NPS

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Montana and Wyoming

Headquarters Office, 5 AVE B
Fort Smith, MT 59035
Phone: (307) 548-5406
Description: The vast, wild landscape of Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area offers visitors unparalleled opportunities to immerse themselves in the natural world, and experience the wonders of this extraordinary place. With over 120,000 acres, one can find an astounding diversity in ecosystems, wildlife, and more than 10,000 years of human history to explore.

Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, Massachusetts

Boston Harber
Boston, MA 02109
Phone: (617) 223-8666
Description: Here is a place where you can walk a Civil War-era fort, visit historic lighthouses, explore tide pools, hike lush trails, camp under the stars, or relax while fishing, picnicking or swimming-all within reach of downtown Boston. Youth programs, visitor services, research, wildlife management, and more are coordinated on the park's 34 islands and peninsulas by the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership.

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Georgia

8800 Roberts Drive
Sandy Springs, GA 30350
Phone: (678) 538-1200
Description: Today the river valley attracts us for so many reasons. Take a solitary walk to enjoy nature’s display, raft leisurely through the rocky shoals with friends, fish the misty waters as the sun comes up, or have a picnic on a Sunday afternoon. Get Outdoors and experience your Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area as you have never done before.

Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Oklahoma

901 W. 1st Street
Sulphur, OK 73086
Phone: (580) 622-7234
Description: Springs, streams, lakes- whatever its form, water is the attraction at Chickasaw National Recreation Area. Little Niagara and Rock Creek beckon waders and swimmers. Relax in the coolness of shaded streams or take a dip in a swimming hole. Veterans Lake calls anglers to test their skills. Lake of the Arbuckles provides excellent motorboating, skiing, fishing and swimming.

Curecanti National Recreation Area, Colorado

102 Elk Creek
Gunnison, CO 81230
Phone: (970) 641-2337
Description: Curecanti National Recreation Area is a series of three reservoirs along the once wild Gunnison River. The reservoirs that make up Curecanti today are a destination for water-based recreation high in the Rocky Mountains. Best known for salmon and trout fishing, Curecanti also offers opportunities for hiking, boating, camping, and bird watching.

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, New Jersey and Pennsylvania

1978 River Road
Bushkill, PA 18324
Phone: 570) 426-2452
Description: Paddlers slip down the river between low forested mountains; anglers wade the trout streams; hikers scan the valley from the ridge or peer into the 1000-foot-deep Water Gap. The valley has known human hand and voice for 10,000 years. Floodplains nourished the Native farmer; waterfalls drew the Victorian vacationer. Today, a 70,000-acre park welcomes those who seek the outdoors close to home.

Gateway National Recreation Area, New Jersey and New York

210 New York Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10305
Phone: (718) 354-4606
Description: There are three geographic units: Sandy Hook, New Jersey; Jamaica Bay and Staten Island, New York City. The NYC units include Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Fort Tilden, Riis Park in Queens, Floyd Bennett Field and Canarsie Pier in Brooklyn. Staten Island has Great Kills Park, Miller Field and Fort Wadsworth. These sites and others make up the 27,000 acres of Gateway, one national park.
Website / Directions

Gauley River National Recreation Area, West Virginia

104 Main Street
Glen Jean, WV 25846
Phone: (304) 465-0508
Description: The 25 miles of free-flowing Gauley River and the six miles of the Meadow River pass through scenic gorges and valleys containing a wide variety of natural and cultural features. The Gauley River contains several class V+ rapids, making it one of the most adventurous white water boating rivers in the east.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona and Utah

691 Scenic View Rd.
Page, AZ 86040
Phone: (928) 608-6200
Description: Encompassing over 1.25 million acres, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area offers unparalleled opportunities for water-based & backcountry recreation. The recreation area stretches for hundreds of miles from Lees Ferry in Arizona to the Orange Cliffs of southern Utah, encompassing scenic vistas, geologic wonders, and a vast panorama of human history.

Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California

Building 201, Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA 94123
Phone: (415) 561-4700
Description: Experience a park so rich it supports 19 distinct ecosystems with over 2,000 plant and animal species. Go for a hike, enjoy a vista, have a picnic or learn about the centuries of overlapping history from California’s indigenous cultures, Spanish colonialism, the Mexican Republic, US military expansion and the growth of San Francisco. All of this and more awaits you, so get out and find your park.

Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, Washington

Chelan, WA 98816
Phone: n/a
Description: Lake Chelan is a narrow, 50.5-mile long lake in Chelan County, north-central Washington state. Before 1927, it was the largest natural lake in the state by any measure. Upon the completion of Lake Chelan Dam in 1927, the elevation of the lake was increased by 21 feet to its present maximum-capacity elevation of 1,100 feet. Two communities lie on the southern end of the lake, and a third sits at the far north end, providing a gateway to the North Cascades National Park.
Wikipedia Website

Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Arizona and Nevada

601 Nevada Way
Boulder City, NV 89005
Phone: (702) 293-8990
Description: Boat, hike, cycle, camp and fish at America’s most diverse national recreation area. With striking landscapes and brilliant blue waters, this year-round playground spreads across 1.5 million acres of mountains, canyons, valleys and two vast lakes. See the Hoover Dam from the waters of Lake Mead or Lake Mohave, or find solitude in one of the park's nine wilderness areas.

Lake Meredith National Recreation Area, Texas

419 E. Broadway
Fritch, TX 79036
Phone: (806) 857-3151
Description: Within the dry and windswept high plains of the Texas Panhandle lies a hidden oasis, a welcoming haven where wildlife and humans find respite from the dry grasslands above. Through this plain, the Canadian River has cut dramatic 200-foot canyons, or breaks, where humans have eked out a living for over 13,000 years. Lake Meredith now occupies these hidden coves where early humans once roamed.

Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, Washington

1008 Crest Drive
Coulee Dam, WA 65738
Phone: (509) 754-7800
Description: In 1941 the Grand Coulee Dam was built on the Columbia River as part of the Columbia River Basin project, creating a 130-mile long lake. Named for President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area provides opportunities for boating, fishing, swimming, camping, canoeing, hunting and visiting historic Fort Spokane and St. Paul's Mission.

Ross Lake National Recreation Area, Washington

810 State Route 20
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284
Phone: n/a
Description: The National Recreation Area includes three reservoirs: Ross Lake, Diablo Lake, and Gorge Lake -- water gateways to more remote areas. Ringed by mountains, it offers many outdoor recreation opportunities along the upper reaches of the Skagit River.
National Parks Website

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, California

26876 Mulholland Highway
Calabasas, CA 65738
Phone: (805) 370-2301
Description: Hidden in plain sight from Los Angeles, the Santa Monica Mountains offer easy access to surprisingly wild places. Experience the famous beaches of Malibu or explore more than 500 miles of trails. The park abounds with historical and cultural sites, from old movie ranches to Native American centers. What will you and your family discover?

Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area, California

14412 Kennedy Memorial Drive
Whiskeytown, CA 96095
Phone: (530) 242-3400
Description: Whiskeytown Lake’s beautiful crystal-clear waters, surrounded by mountain peaks, are perhaps the most prominent feature of the park. However, water-based recreation is only a small part of what the park has to offer. The 39,000 acres surrounding the lake hold four waterfalls, pristine mountain creeks, 70 miles of trails, and opportunities to explore the history of the California Gold Rush.

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