The southeast region includes
the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina,
South Carolina, Tennessee, and Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The parks in
the region include pristine natural features, unique cultural resources,
and outstanding recreational opportunities.
Five parks exemplify the
natural ecosystem of the region. These range from the caves of Mammoth Cave
National Park to the forest wild lands of the Great Smoky Mountains National
Park to the coral reefs of the Virgin Islands National Park.
resources include areas occupied by Native Americans long before the coming
of the Europeans, and battlefields, forts, and cemeteries from the
Revolutionary and Civil wars. Famous Americans are also honored through the
preservation of their homes, such as Carl Sandburg's in North Carolina.
Also honored are the sites of their accomplishments, such as The
Wright Brothers Memorial in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
areas include four parks with outstanding beaches along the Atlantic and Gulf
coasts. Also, there are two national or wild and scenic rivers in the