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List of National Parks within the Appalachian Province

This is an abbreviated list of parks within the Appalachian Province that showcase geology. The individual park name is a link to the park's National Park Service page. Pages listed beneath are links to web sites featuring pertinant USGS geologic investigations, geology tours, or publications. To return to the Appalachian Province Geology, click here. To return to the clickable map of Geologic Provinces, click here.

The Acadia National Park rocky coast
The Acadia National Park rocky coast - NPS photo.

Acadia NP

Mercury in tree swallows and feathers of other species that line tree swallow nests at Acadia National Park, Maine

HIstorical maps of Acadia National Park

Appalachian National Scenic Trail

USGS Appalachian Science Homepage

Baltimore-Washington Parkway

Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor

Appalachian waterfall
Appalachian waterfall - photo from the USGS Appalachian Region Science site.

Blue Ridge Parkway

Bluestone National Scenic River

Capitol Hill Parks

Catocin Mtn. Park

Audio-magnetotelluric Data from the Culpeper Basin, Loudoun, Fauquier, Fairfax, Prince William, Culpeper, and Orange Counties, Virginia - the Catoctin Mountain Park region

Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal NHP

Geologic Map of the Potomac River Gorge: Great Falls Park, Virginia, and part of the C&O Canal National Historical Park, Maryland

Geology of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park and Potomac River Corridor

High water flow of the Potomac River near Washington, D.C
High water flow of the Potomac River near Washington, D.C., a tributary to the Chesapeake Bay - USGS photo

Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

Investigating the Chesapeake Bay Crater

Ecosystem Trends and Response: Chesapeake Bay

USGS Chesapeake Bay Activities

Continued Differential Ground Subsidence - evidence of subsidence due to faulting in the Chesapeake Bay

Geology of the Mid-Atlantic Urban Corridor

Microfossils from Chesapeake Bay Sediments: Illustrations and Species Database

Preliminary Lithogeochemical Map Showing Near-Surface Rock Types in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, Virginia and Maryland

The Effects of the Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater on the Geologic Framework and the Correlation of Hydrogeologic Units of Southeastern Virginia, South of the James River

Chickasaw National Recreation Area

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

Delaware Water Gap National Recreational Area
Delaware Water Gap National Recreational Area - NPS photo

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Delaware National Scenic River

Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor

Delaware Water Gap NRA

National Park Service Support Project - Delaware Water Gap

A picture and short description of the park

Gauley River National Recreation Area

George Washington Memorial Parkway

Bedrock geology of Great Falls, part of George Washington Memorial

A rock at Great Falls, part of G-W Memorial Parkway
A rock at Great Falls, part of G-W Memorial Parkway, which may be seen only at times of drought. Image taken in the summer of 2003 - USGS.

Gettysburg NMP

USGS study of chemical weathering at Gettysburg by acid rain

Great Smoky Mtn. NP

Geology of the Mount LeConte 7.5-Minute Quadrangle, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee and North Carolina

Historic maps of the Great Smoky Mountains

Harpers Ferry NHP

Digital Geologic Map of the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

A view of the Appalachian Mountains
A view of the Appalachian Mountains - image from the USGS Appalachian Region Science site.

Lincoln Memorial

The building blocks of the Licoln Memorial

Little River Canyon National Preserve

National Capital Parks - Central

National Park Support Project - National Capital Parks

National Capital Parks - East

National Park Support Project - National Capital Parks

New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route

New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve

New River Gorge National River

Obed Wild & Scenic River

Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail

Prince William Forest Park

Quinebaug & Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor

Rock Creek Park

A view of the New River Gorge
A view of the New River Gorge - USGS photo

Russell Cave National Monument

Saint Croix Island International Historic Site

Shenandoah NP

Hydrogeologic Framework of the Northern Shenandoah Valley Carbonate Aquifer System

Appalachian Province gallery - Contains images and descriptions of Shenandoah geology

Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River

Valley Forge National Historical Park

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