Parks

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.

Biking along the Stanley Park Seawall

Stanley Park Seawall. Photo courtesy of Vancouver.ca

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.

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Elephants in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

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…

A
Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Andorra
Angola
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Aruba
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan


B
Bahamas, The
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belarus
Belgium
Belize
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana
Brazil
Brunei
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Burma
Burundi


C
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Cape Verde
Central African Republic
Chad
Chile (3)
China
Colombia
Comoros
Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Congo, Republic of the
Costa Rica
Cote d’Ivoire
Croatia
Cuba
Curacao
Cyprus
Czech Republic


D
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic


E
East Timor
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia


F
Fiji
Finland
France


G
Gabon
Gambia, The
Georgia
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Grenada
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana


H
Haiti
Holy See
Honduras
Hong Kong
Hungary


I
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Ireland
Israel
Italy


J
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan


K
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
Korea, North
Korea, South
Kosovo
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan


L
Laos
Latvia
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg


M
Macau
Macedonia
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mexico
Micronesia
Moldova
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco
Mozambique


N
Namibia
Nauru
Nepal
Netherlands
Netherlands Antilles
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
North Korea
Norway


O
Oman


P
Pakistan
Palau
Palestinian Territories
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal


Q
Qatar


R
Romania
Russia
Rwanda


S
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
San Marino
Sao Tome and Principe
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Saint Maarten
Slovakia
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Africa
South Korea
South Sudan
Spain
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Suriname
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland
Syria


T
Taiwan
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
Timor-Leste
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu


U
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States of America
Uruguay
Uzbekistan


V
Vanuatu
Venezuela
Vietnam


Y
Yemen


Z
Zambia
Zimbabwe


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