What in the size? A break down of the US National Parks by Size

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The National Parks come in all shapes and sizes.  The largest national park in the United States is the size of Maryland.  While the smallest is 9 times smaller than Central Park in New York City, New York.  It is truly astounding when one realizes that the national parks of the United States take up 52 million acres of the land area. That is about 2% of the land area of the United States.  Here is a break down of the US National Parks by Size

The United States National Parks have been inspiring generations. The parks come in all sorts of sizes. Here is a breakdown of the National Parks by size.

List of the Largest National Parks.

Rank by sizeNational ParkStateAcresComparable Country or State
8Yellowstone Wyoming, Montana, Idaho2,219,790.71Puerto Rico
48AcadiaMaine49,075.26American Samoa (United States)
58American SamoaAmerican Samoa8,256.67Macau (China)
28BadlandsSouth Dakota242,755.94
São Tomé and Príncipe
14Big Bend Texas801,163.21Iturup Island (Russia)
35BiscayneFlorida172,971.11Federated States of Micronesia
54Black Canyon of the GunnisonColorado30,780.76Jersey (United Kingdom)
50Bryce CanyonUtah35,835.08Wallis and Futuna (France)
23CanyonlandsUtah337,597.83Faroe Islands (Denmark)
29Capitol ReefUtah241,904.5São Tomé and Príncipe
49Carlsbad Caverns New Mexico46,766.45Washington, D.C
27Channel IslandsCalifornia249,561.00
Hiiumaa (Estonia)
56CongareeSouth Carolina26,539.22Montserrat (United Kingdom)
34Crater LakeOregon183,224.05Tonga
53Cuyahoga ValleyOhio32,572.24Vieques (Puerto Rico)
5Death Valley California, Nevada3,373,063.14Montenegro
45Dry TortugasFlorida64,701.22Saint Kitts and Nevis
10Everglades Florida1,400,539.3Delaware
2Gates of the ArcticAlaska7,523,897.4Maryland
60Gateway ArchMissouri90.9Vatican City
12Glacier Montana1,013,125.99Cape Verde
6Glacier Bay Alaska3,223,383.43Montenegro
11Grand CanyonArizona1,201,647.03Trinidad and Tobago
25Grand TetonWyoming310,044.22Mill Island (Antarctica)
42Great BasinNevada77,180.0Malta
38Great Sand DunesColorado107,341.87Curaçao (Netherlands)
19Great Smoky MountainsTennessee, North Carolina522,426.88Alor Island (Indonesia )
41Guadalupe MountainsTexas86,367.10Grenada
52HaleakalāHawaii33,264.62Christmas Island (Australia)
24Hawaiʻi VolcanoesHawaii323,431.38Lougheed Island (Canada)
59Hot SpringsArkansas5,548.01Tuvalu
18Isle RoyaleMichigan571,790.30Luxembourg
15Joshua Tree California790,635.74Makira (Solomon Islands)
17Kenai FjordsAlaska669,650.05Unalaska Island (Alaska)
21Kings CanyonCalifornia461,901.20Comoros
9Kobuk ValleyAlaska1,750,716.16Palestine
7Lake ClarkAlaska2,619,816.49Lebanon
39Lassen VolcanicCalifornia106,589.02Antigua and Barbuda
46Mammoth Cave Kentucky54,011.91Sauvie Island (Oregon)
47Mesa VerdeColorado52,485.17Pine Island (Florida)
30Mount RainierWashington236,381.64São Tomé and Príncipe
20North CascadesWashington504,780.94Mauritius
13OlympicWashington922,649.41Rhode Island
31Petrified ForestArizona221,390.21Turks and Caicos Islands
55PinnaclesCalifornia26,685.73Montserrat (United Kingdom)
37Redwood California138,999.37Guam (United States)
26Rocky MountainColorado265,795.20Tahiti (French Polynesia)
40SaguaroArizona91,715.72Jan Mayen (Norway)
22Sequoia California404,062.63Åland Islands (Finland)
44Theodore RooseveltNorth Dakota70,446.89Bonaire (Netherlands)
57Virgin IslandsUnited States Virgin Islands14,940.00San Marino
32VoyageursMinnesota218,200.15Attu Island (Alaska)
51Wind CaveSouth Dakota33,970.84Christmas Island (Australia)
1Wrangell–St. Elias Alaska8,323,146.48Moldova
16Yosemite California761,747.50Zemlya Georga Island (Russia)
36ZionUtah147,237.02Saint Lucia

All National Parks by Size data collected from the National Park Service Reports.

The United States National Parks have been inspiring generations.  The parks come in all sorts of sizes.  Here is a breakdown of the National Parks by size.  

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Jennifer Melroy

Jennifer has been obsessed with national parks as a child.  This Tennessee native spent her childhood exploring the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and traveling with her parents to National Parks and around the Caribbean.  She is always planning her next adventure and is ready to see the world while trying to visit all 59 National Park (*She is ignoring the hunk of concrete that just became a national park).

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2 thoughts on “What in the size? A break down of the US National Parks by Size

  • 22 Jul 2018 at 2:14 am

    What a great idea! I love the way you’ve compared the size of each national park to a small country. It puts things into perspective when you realise that the Grand Canyon National Park is the size of Trinidad and Tobago!

    • 27 Jul 2018 at 4:21 pm

      Thanks. It was fun figuring out which countries they were similar size to.


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