Most people are familiar with the famous National Parks in the United States. Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Great Smoky Moutains and Yosemite are some of the big names that nature-lovers flock to. But there are actually 59 listed the National Park Service. Here are some lesser known parks that you probably haven’t heard of before but are well worth a visit. Consider these hidden gems of the National Park system, which turns 100 years old on August 25, 2016. Get out there and appreciate some of our under-the-radar natural wonders.
1. Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
The Petrified Forest is characterized by its massive amounts of ancient rock hard wood. Some of this wood still looks like tree trunks, but they are actually 200 million years old. Technically petrified wood is a fossil and there are plenty of other fossils that have been found in this park as well, including those of dinosaurs.