Each year 388,290 visit Big Bend National Park in remote Texas. PC: Tycho Moon/Flickr
Each year 364,807 visit Channel Islands National Park in Southern California.
Each year 241,912 people visit Voyageurs National Park in Northern Minnesota. PC: jck-photos
Number 8: Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. 238,018 people visited Colorado's Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. The park has amazing hiking opportunities that offer stunning scenery. The park also features incredible wildlife. Mule deer are often observed by visitors, however the canyon walls and thick forest provide ample habitat for birds. Bird watchers may see great horned owls, mountain bluebirds, steller’s jays, peregrine falcons and more.
Number 7: Pinnacles National Park in California was only visited by 215,555 people. The low number is surprising given the park is less than a half day's drive from millions of people. Pinnacle’s rugged landscape is home to many incredible hiking trails and wildlife viewing opportunities. Bird watching is a particularly popular activity in the park. Songbirds, peregrine falcons, golden eagles and perhaps even California condors are among the highlights. Stanislav Sedov / Flickr
Number 6: Guadalupe Mountains National Park in West Texas was visited by 181,839 people last year. The remote park is famous for it’s pristine wilderness which is a hidden gem in the Lonestar state. Hiking trails in Guadalupe Mountains National Park offer plenty of opportunities to get off the beaten path. Justin Meissen / Flickr
Number 5: Great Basin National Park in eastern Nevada was visited by 144,846 people last year. The remote park is famous for its incredibly dark skies, ancient bristlecone pines, network of caves, and uncrowded hiking trails. Frank Kovalchek / Flickr
Number 4: Congaree National Park in South Carolina was only visited by 143,843 last year. The park features incredible biodiversity such as old growth bald cypress and a wide variety of birds and mammals. Congaree National Park hiking trails are sure to please hikers of all ages and abilities.
Number 3: Dry Tortugas National Park in Florida was visited by 73,661 people last year. The park is mainly open water with 7 small islands. It’s home to Fort Jefferson and is only accessible by boat or seaplane. Marine wildlife dominates the park, however visitors should make sure they keep an eye peeled for crocodiles.
Number 2: North Cascades National Park in Northwest Washington State was only visited by 28,646. The extremely rugged and remote national park is perfect for those who seek adventure. The park is dominated by unadulterated wilderness that is is crisscrossed with incredible hiking trails. More about hiking trails in North Cascades and Washington State.
Number 1: Isle Royale National Park in Michigan was visited by 24,966 last year. Isle Royale’s low number is almost certainly because of it’s very remote location. It is an island in the middle of Lake Superior that is only accessible by boat or seaplane. The fact that it is tough to get to makes ideal for hikers, backpackers and campers who crave solitude. Ray Dumas / Flickr