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March 10, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Olympic moves to No. 5 among most-visited national parks

Madison Creek Falls is at the entrance to Olympic National Park near Port Angeles. (photo by Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times)

Madison Creek Falls is at the entrance to Olympic National Park near Port Angeles. (photo by Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times)

Washington state’s Olympic National Park is No. 5 on a newly issued list of 2013′s most-visited national parks in the United States. The park moved up two notches on the list from the prior year.

New statistics from the National Park Service show Olympic park visitors numbered 3,085,340 last year, up from 2,824,908 in 2012. The increase came despite the October shutdown of Olympic and most other national parks across the nation for 16 days caused by congressional de-funding of the federal government.

Here’s the park service’s Top 10 list (out of 59 national parks) and the number of visitors to each:

America’s most-visited national parks (2013)

  1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park…9,354,695
  2. Grand Canyon National Park…4,564,840
  3. Yosemite National Park…3,691,191
  4. Yellowstone National Park…3,188,030
  5. Olympic National Park3,085,340
  6. Rocky Mountain National Park…2,991,141
  7. Zion National Park…2,807,387
  8. Grand Teton National Park…2,688,794
  9. Acadia National Park…2,254,922
  10. Glacier National Park…2,190,374

By way of comparison, Mount Rainier National Park reported 1,148,552 recreation visitors in 2013.

The most-visited place in the national park system last year was California’s Golden Gate National Recreation Area, with 14.3 million visitors, taking the title away from the Blue Ridge Parkway of Virginia and North Carolina.

| Topics: most-visited national parks, mount rainier national park, olympic national park

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