National Parks That Have Grown Most in Popularity Since 1980

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35. Wind Cave NP
> Change in visits, 1980-2020: -5.2%
> Recreation visits in 1980: 473,061 — 0.88% of all NP recreation visits in 1980
> Recreation visits in 2020: 448,405 — 0.66% of all NP recreation visits in 2020
> Recreation visits in 2019: 615,350 — 0.68% of all NP recreation visits in 2019
> Change in visits, 1980-2019 30.1% — the 12th smallest increase

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34. Acadia NP
> Change in visits, 1980-2020: -4.0%
> Recreation visits in 1980: 2,779,666 — 5.16% of all NP recreation visits in 1980
> Recreation visits in 2020: 2,669,034 — 3.93% of all NP recreation visits in 2020
> Recreation visits in 2019: 3,437,286 — 3.78% of all NP recreation visits in 2019
> Change in visits, 1980-2019 23.7% — the 9th smallest increase

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33. Badlands NP
> Change in visits, 1980-2020: -3.7%
> Recreation visits in 1980: 952,652 — 1.77% of all NP recreation visits in 1980
> Recreation visits in 2020: 916,932 — 1.35% of all NP recreation visits in 2020
> Recreation visits in 2019: 970,998 — 1.07% of all NP recreation visits in 2019
> Change in visits, 1980-2019 1.9% — the smallest increase

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32. Shenandoah NP
> Change in visits, 1980-2020: -1.9%
> Recreation visits in 1980: 1,699,228 — 3.15% of all NP recreation visits in 1980
> Recreation visits in 2020: 1,666,265 — 2.45% of all NP recreation visits in 2020
> Recreation visits in 2019: 1,425,507 — 1.57% of all NP recreation visits in 2019
> Change in visits, 1980-2019 -16.1% — the 3rd smallest decrease

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31. Voyageurs NP
> Change in visits, 1980-2020: -1.4%
> Recreation visits in 1980: 266,935 — 0.50% of all NP recreation visits in 1980
> Recreation visits in 2020: 263,091 — 0.39% of all NP recreation visits in 2020
> Recreation visits in 2019: 232,974 — 0.26% of all NP recreation visits in 2019
> Change in visits, 1980-2019 -12.7% — the 2nd smallest decrease