What Are the 5 Newest National Parks?

One of the best ways to make memories and enjoy nature is to visit a national park. The oldest national parks typically attract the most visitors and get the most attention.

However, some of the newest national parks can be incredible places to visit. Just because they’re more recent additions to the National Park System doesn’t mean they’re less than the older parks.

Today, we’ll share a little bit about five of the newest national parks and what you should make sure to see and do when visiting them. Let’s get started!

New River Gorge National Park and Preserve is over 70,000 acres and is the newest park in the National Park System.

New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, West Virginia


The park gained approximately 2,000 acres, and guests no longer have to worry about closures due to testing at the missile range.

White Sands National Park, New Mexico


On February 15, 2019, Congress changed the designation from Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to Indiana Dunes National Park. 

Indiana Dunes National Park, Indiana


In 2018, Congress changed the name and designation from Jefferson National Expansion Memorial to Gateway Arch National Park.

Gateway Arch National Park, Missouri 


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