Largest city parks in the U.S. 2017

Largest city parks in the United States in 2017 (in acres)*

by S. Lock, last edited Apr 10, 2019
Largest city parks in the U.S. 2017 Chugach State Park in Anchorage (AK) is the largest city park in the United States by a long shot. It spans over 460 thousand acres, not including the areas of the park that extend beyond the boundary of Anchorage. Franklin Mountains State Park in El Paso (TX) is the second largest city park in the U.S., but reaches only a meagre 25 thousand acres in comparison to Chugach State Park.
A wide variety of park authorities

Most parks in the U.S. are owned by the municipality, state, county, regional agency, or the federal government. Both Chugach and Franklin Mountains are part of the state park system along with most of the parks in the ranking. One of the more well-known park authorities is the National Park Service (NPS) – an agency of the federal government. The Grand Canyon National Park (AZ) was the most visited NPS park alongside many other well-known U.S. park attractions.

What defines a park?

Parks in the U.S. are often called a variety of names, just a few of which are: forest, reserve, preserve and wildlife management area. Sometimes the differences between parks in the U.S. can vary massively from monuments to expansive woodland. The Lincoln Memorial was the most visited city park in the U.S. ranking, and while this may not seem like it comes under the classification of a ‘park’, it is cared for by the National Park Service.
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Largest city parks in the United States in 2017 (in acres)*

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Park size in acres
Chugach State Park, Anchorage464,318
Franklin Mountains State Park, El Paso25,809
Honolulu Watershed Forest Reserve, Honolulu9,951
Topanga State Park, Los Angeles8,873
Cary State Forest, Jacksonville8,322
William B. Umstead State Park, Raleigh5,571
False Cape State Park, Virginia Beach4,321
Mustang Island State Park, Corpus Christi4,219
Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve, Jacksonville3,994
Cavalier Wildlife Management Area, Chesapeake3,770
Park size in acres
Chugach State Park, Anchorage464,318
Franklin Mountains State Park, El Paso25,809
Honolulu Watershed Forest Reserve, Honolulu9,951
Topanga State Park, Los Angeles8,873
Cary State Forest, Jacksonville8,322
William B. Umstead State Park, Raleigh5,571
False Cape State Park, Virginia Beach4,321
Mustang Island State Park, Corpus Christi4,219
Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve, Jacksonville3,994
Cavalier Wildlife Management Area, Chesapeake3,770
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by S. Lock, last edited Apr 10, 2019
Chugach State Park in Anchorage (AK) is the largest city park in the United States by a long shot. It spans over 460 thousand acres, not including the areas of the park that extend beyond the boundary of Anchorage. Franklin Mountains State Park in El Paso (TX) is the second largest city park in the U.S., but reaches only a meagre 25 thousand acres in comparison to Chugach State Park.
A wide variety of park authorities

Most parks in the U.S. are owned by the municipality, state, county, regional agency, or the federal government. Both Chugach and Franklin Mountains are part of the state park system along with most of the parks in the ranking. One of the more well-known park authorities is the National Park Service (NPS) – an agency of the federal government. The Grand Canyon National Park (AZ) was the most visited NPS park alongside many other well-known U.S. park attractions.

What defines a park?

Parks in the U.S. are often called a variety of names, just a few of which are: forest, reserve, preserve and wildlife management area. Sometimes the differences between parks in the U.S. can vary massively from monuments to expansive woodland. The Lincoln Memorial was the most visited city park in the U.S. ranking, and while this may not seem like it comes under the classification of a ‘park’, it is cared for by the National Park Service.
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