Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park

by Sandra Merville Hart Crater Lake National Park, established in 1902, is a picturesque lake surrounded by two-thousand foot high cliffs in the state of Oregon. This unusual lake was formed by a volcanic eruption over 7,500 years ago. At 1,943 feet deep, it is the deepest lake in the United States. The water is almost entirely rain and melted snow, making it a beautiful blue color that fills visitors with wonder. About 533 inches of snow (44 feet) fall every year at Crater Lake. The biggest snowfall was 879 inches (73 feet) in 1932-33. The snow usually melts by August. Fish were added to the lake but only two species survived: Rainbow Trout and Kokanee Salmon. Fishing is encouraged and no license is required. There is a volcano called Mt. Mazama in the park. You...

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

  The most visited park in the United States every year is Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Part of this park is in Tennessee; the rest is located in North Carolina. The park was established in 1934 and has about 9,500,000 visitors every year. The park is considered the “Salamander Capital of the World.” The beautiful forest and over 2,000 miles of streams invite families to enjoy camping and hiking in the park. Those interested in fishing can try to catch brook trout, rainbow trout, and brown trout in the fishable streams inside the park. There are many horse trails for horseback riding. There are over 800 miles of hiking trails in the park. For an adventure hike, The Alum Cave Trail and Rocky Top are good choices. Pretty waterfall hikes...

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