National Parks near Morgantown


While there aren’t many national parks near West Virginia, if visiting national parks is on your to-do list for 2022, Stacker has put together a list of the national parks closest to. Morgantown that can help you get started.

About 237 million people visited U.S. national parks in 2020, a 28% year-over-year decrease attributed to the coronavirus pandemic. Many parks have been forced to close to combat the spread of the virus, but that’s not the whole story – when the parks were open, many of them saw record crowds as crowds of desperate people to enjoy nature in complete safety descended into the parks when they reopened.

President Woodrow Wilson signed into law in 1916 creating the National Park Service to leave natural and historical phenomena “unscathed for the enjoyment of future generations.” Since then, our national parks have welcomed visitors from all over the world to experience some of the best the country has to offer and showcase the country’s natural beauty and cultural heritage. Today, the country’s 63 national parks contain at least 247 endangered or threatened species of plants and animals, more than 75,000 archaeological sites and 18,000 miles of trails.

Stacker has compiled a list of the national parks closest to Morgantown. National parks are ranked by the nearest straight-line distance, measured from representative points in Morgantown, the WV metro area, and each national park. Estimated driving times are from here and are only available in the lower 48 states. All distances and driving times presented are estimated using representative locations of the center of each metro and national park. For some places in the metro area, the actual distance may be slightly shorter or longer to reach the nearest entrance to a park.

Be sure to check with each park before your visit to learn more about safety precautions related to the ongoing pandemic at www.nps.gov/coronavirus.

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# 1. Shenandoah National Park (Virginia)

– Distance: 104 miles
– Driving time: 4.2 hours
– Date of foundation: December 26, 1935
– 2,020 visitors: 1,666,265 (No. 14 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 199,223.77 acres

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# 2. New River Gorge National Park (West Virginia)

– Distance: 122 miles
– Driving time: 2.6 hours
– Creation date: December 27, 2020
– 2020 visitors: 1,054,374 (highest # 19 among all national parks)
– Park area: 7,021 acres

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# 3. Cuyahoga Valley National Park (Ohio)

– Distance: 150 miles
– Driving time: 3.3 hours
– Creation date: October 11, 2000
– Visitors 2020: 2,755,628 (No. 7 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 32,571.88 acres

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# 4. Great Smoky Mountains National Park (North Carolina, Tennessee)

– Distance: 335 miles
– Driving time: 7.1 hours
– Date of foundation: June 15, 1934
– 2020 visitors: 12,095,720 (No. 1 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 522,426.88 acres

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# 5. Mammoth Cave National Park (Kentucky)

– Distance: 378 miles
– Driving time: 7.3 hours
– Creation date: July 1, 1941
– Visitors 2020: 290,392 (No. 41 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 54,011.91 acres

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# 6. Congaree National Park (South Carolina)

– Distance: 400 miles
– Driving time: 8.5 hours
– Creation date: November 10, 2003
– Visitors 2020: 119,306 (No. 51 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 26,476.47 acres

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#seven. Indiana National Park (Indiana)

– Distance: 409 miles
– Driving time: 7.9 hours
– Creation date: February 15, 2019
– Visitors 2020: 2,293,106 (# 11 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 15,349.08 acres

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# 8. Gateway Arch National Park, Missouri

– Distance: 562 miles
– Driving time: 9.8 hours
– Creation date: February 22, 2018[47]
– 2,020 visitors: 486,021 (# 31 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 192.83 acres

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# 9. Acadia National Park (Maine)

– Distance: 683 miles
– Driving time: 14.9 hours
– Date of foundation: February 26, 1919
– Visitors 2020: 2,669,034 (No. 8 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 49,076.63 acres

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#ten. Isle Royale National Park (Michigan)

– Distance: 735 miles
– Driving time: 15.4 hours
– Creation date: April 3, 1940
– Visitors 2020: 6,493 (# 59 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 571,790.30 acres

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# 11. Hot Springs National Park (Arkansas)

– Distance: 809 miles
– Driving time: 14.3 hours
– Date of foundation: March 4, 1921
– Visitors 2020: 1,348,215 (# 16 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 5,554.15 acres

Stacker’s full list includes 63 national parks ranging from 100 to nearly 7,000 miles. To see the full list, click here.


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