Virtually every country on the planet has some land set aside to be national, regional or city parks. Parks fall into two basic categories…
Natural park lands can be comprised of land set aside for the protection of wildlife and their habitats, fauna, unique geographical formations, wetlands, waterway, lakes or areas of ocean.
Semi natural parks are usually planted land set aside for recreation and general enjoyment. Semi natural parks may consist of maintained grassy areas, forest, rock formations, water sources, or a combination of all four. Semi natural parks may also contain buildings, monuments, or playground areas. Many parks have fields for playing sports.
Many natural parks have trails for hiking, biking or horseback riding and bodies of water for boating, kayaking, canoeing, and/or swimming.
Parks in urban areas are generally small and located within a a few minutes walk of residents they were designed to benefit. Although open and usually without access restrictions, urban parks generally are not available for camping. Urban parks are likely to have benches for sitting, sometimes picnic tables, even barbecue grills. Some urban parks prohibit dogs, while some allow them but only if on a leash. Some parks permit dogs to run off leash. Signage is posted notifying park users what, if any restrictions there are pertaining to dogs.
The largest parks are usually natural, wilderness areas and can cover hundreds of thousands of square kilometers and be home to wildlife and natural features such as mountains, lakes and rivers. These large parks are almost always national parks or regional parks. In many natural large parks, camping in tents is allowed with a permit. Some even permit overnight or limited stays in motor homes. Most natural parks are protected areas and users may find that there are rules against open fires. Large national and regional parks are usually overseen by park rangers or some other form of park management authority.
There are literally hundreds of thousands of urban, regional and national parks around the world. Thus the directory of parks below, organized by country, then listed alphabetically, may never be complete…
Antigua and Barbuda
Papua New Guinea
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