NPS National Heritage Areas quest

National Heritage Areas are not national park units, but are a public-private partnership aimed preserving and promoting a local historical or cultural context, while providing an opportunity for heritage tourism.

National Heritage Areas (NHAs) are designated by Congress as places where natural, cultural, and historic resources combine to form a cohesive, nationally important landscape. Through their resources, NHAs tell nationally important stories that celebrate our nation’s diverse heritage. NHAs are lived-in landscapes. Consequently, NHA entities collaborate with communities to determine how to make heritage relevant to local interests and needs.

What is a National Heritage Area? (via NPS)

Here’s an interactive map showing NHA boundaries. As you’ll see, many of them include rather large areas (the entire state of Tennessee is one big NHA!), so “what counts as a visit” is a bit more unclear than with many other quests.

Completed (50)

  1. Abraham Lincoln NHA
  2. Appalachian Forest NHA
  3. Atchafalaya NHA
  4. Aviation NHA
  5. Baltimore NHA
  6. Blue Ridge NHA
  7. Cache la Poudre River NHA
  8. Cane River NHA
  9. Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership
  10. Coal National Heritage Area
  11. Crossroads of the American Revolution NHA
  12. Delaware and Lehigh NHC
  13. Erie Canalway NHC
  14. Essex NHA
  15. Freedom’s Frontier NHA
  16. Freedom’s Way NHA
  17. Great Basin NHA
  18. Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor
  19. Illinois and Michigan Canal NHC
  20. John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley NHC
  21. Journey Through Hallowed Ground NHA
  22. Kenai Mountains – Turnagain Arm NHA
  23. Lackawanna Heritage Valley NHA
  24. Last Green Valley NHC
  25. Maritime Washington NHA
  26. Maurice D. Hinchey Hudson River Valley NHA
  27. Mississippi Delta NHA
  28. Mississippi Hills NHA
  29. Mormon Pioneer NHA
  30. Mountains to Sound Greenway NHA
  31. MotorCities NHA
  32. Muscle Shoals NHA
  33. Niagara Falls NHA
  34. Northern Plains NHA
  35. Northern Rio Grande NHA
  36. Ohio and Erie Canal National Heritage Canalway
  37. Oil Region NHA
  38. Path of Progress National Heritage Tour Route
  39. Rivers of Steel NHA
  40. Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta NHA
  41. Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District
  42. Sangre de Cristo NHA
  43. Santa Cruz Valley NHA
  44. Schuylkill River Valley NHA
  45. Silos and Smokestacks NHA
  46. South Carolina NHC
  47. Susquehanna NHA
  48. Tennessee Civil War NHA
  49. Upper Housatonic Valley NHA
  50. Wheeling NHA

Remaining (5)

  1. Arabia Mountain NHA
  2. Augusta Canal NHA
  3. Mississippi Gulf Coast NHA
  4. South Park NHA
  5. Yuma Crossing NHA

Quest adopted: May 2021
Last updated: September 5, 2021