So the Golden Gate National Recreation Area was the most-visited part of the National Park Service last year. It attracted more than 14 million people. No idea how that number came about as whenever I hike there, I never check in, but maybe cars are counted and other measurements are taken. In any case, when I see a news report with a claim like that, I sometimes put on my old reporter’s hat (yes, I was a reporter long ago….) and check out the primary source behind the claim. In this case, the National Park Service was able to provide the complete list of its 369 locations.

Of the 8 within the Bay Area, here’s how many visitors the others received. (The complete list is below.)

  • Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site – 2,929 people
  • Fort Point National Historic Site – 1.6 million
  • John Muir National Historic Site – 37,777 people
  • Muir Woods National Monument – 954,125 people
  • Point Reyes National Seashore – 2.6 million
  • Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park – 31,514
  • San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park – 4.1 million

And here’s the mind-numbingly long and unpleasant-looking complete list, courtesy of the National Park Service:

Golden Gate NRA
1
14,289,121
5.22%
Blue Ridge PKWY
2
12,877,368
4.71%
Great Smoky Mountains NP
3
9,354,695
3.42%
George Washington MEM PKWY
4
7,360,392
2.69%
Lincoln Memorial
5
6,546,518
2.39%
Lake Mead NRA
6
6,344,714
2.32%
Gateway NRA
7
6,191,246
2.26%
Natchez Trace PKWY
8
6,012,740
2.20%
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal NHP
9
4,941,367
1.81%
Delaware Water Gap NRA
10
4,843,350
1.77%
Gulf Islands NS
11
4,837,965
1.77%
Grand Canyon NP
12
4,564,840
1.67%
Cape Cod NS
13
4,501,898
1.65%
San Francisco Maritime NHP
14
4,154,455
1.52%
Vietnam Veterans MEM
15
4,142,721
1.51%
World War II Memorial
16
3,934,166
1.44%
Yosemite NP
17
3,691,191
1.35%
Independence NHP
18
3,553,070
1.30%
Korean War Veterans Memorial
19
3,209,279
1.17%
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
20
3,205,654
1.17%
Yellowstone NP
21
3,188,030
1.17%
Colonial NHP
22
3,168,731
1.16%
Olympic NP
23
3,085,340
1.13%
Chattahoochee River NRA
24
3,039,892
1.11%
Rocky Mountain NP
25
2,991,141
1.09%
Franklin Delano Roosevelt MEM
26
2,837,729
1.04%
Zion NP
27
2,807,387
1.03%
Grand Teton NP
28
2,688,794
0.98%
Point Reyes NS
29
2,641,808
0.97%
Thomas Jefferson MEM
30
2,609,463
0.95%
Jefferson NEM
31
2,377,258
0.87%
Acadia NP
32
2,254,922
0.82%
Boston NHP
33
2,245,875
0.82%
Cape Hatteras NS
34
2,214,565
0.81%
Glacier NP
35
2,190,374
0.80%
Castle Clinton NM
36
2,180,694
0.80%
Mount Rushmore NMEM
37
2,162,998
0.79%
Cuyahoga Valley NP
38
2,103,010
0.77%
Assateague Island NS
39
2,056,828
0.75%
Glen Canyon NRA
40
1,991,924
0.73%
Rock Creek Park
41
1,968,995
0.72%
Valley Forge NHP
42
1,962,889
0.72%
Kennesaw Mountain NBP
43
1,924,076
0.70%
Statue of Liberty NM
44
1,883,544
0.69%
World War II Valor in the Pacific NM
45
1,786,024
0.65%
National Capital Parks Central
46
1,712,858
0.63%
Indiana Dunes NL
47
1,681,695
0.61%
Fort Point NHS
48
1,591,312
0.58%
Hawaii Volcanoes NP
49
1,583,209
0.58%
Joshua Tree NP
50
1,383,340
0.51%
Sleeping Bear Dunes NL
51
1,340,007
0.49%
San Juan NHS
52
1,328,802
0.49%
Hot Springs NP
53
1,325,719
0.48%
Bryce Canyon NP
54
1,311,875
0.48%
Lake Roosevelt NRA
55
1,254,409
0.46%
Ozark NSR
56
1,253,703
0.46%
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. MEM PKWY
57
1,228,502
0.45%
Gettysburg NMP
58
1,213,349
0.44%
Mount Rainier NP
59
1,148,552
0.42%
Shenandoah NP
60
1,136,505
0.42%
Canaveral NS
61
1,133,688
0.41%
Buffalo NR
62
1,125,227
0.41%
Chickasaw NRA
63
1,099,669
0.40%
National Capital Parks East
64
1,091,661
0.40%
Arches NP
65
1,082,866
0.40%
New River Gorge NR
66
1,071,823
0.39%
Everglades NP
67
1,047,116
0.38%
Timucuan EHP
68
1,031,667
0.38%
Amistad NRA
69
1,025,151
0.37%
Big Cypress NPRES
70
1,007,788
0.37%
Muir Woods NM
71
954,125
0.35%
Death Valley NP
72
951,972
0.35%
Minute Man NHP
73
947,894
0.35%
Klondike Gold Rush NHP Alaska
74
928,150
0.34%
Sequoia NP
75
909,274
0.33%
Chickamauga & Chattanooga NMP
76
905,984
0.33%
Badlands NP
77
892,372
0.33%
Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania NMP
78
880,251
0.32%
Cabrillo NM
79
856,128
0.31%
Canyon de Chelly NM
80
828,478
0.30%
Fort Sumter NM
81
815,007
0.30%
Curecanti NRA
82
814,163
0.30%
Haleakala NP
83
785,300
0.29%
Castillo de San Marcos NM
84
778,128
0.28%
Whiskeytown NRA
85
776,025
0.28%
Cumberland Gap NHP
86
768,363
0.28%
Fort Vancouver NHS
87
733,540
0.27%
Ross Lake NRA
88
725,917
0.27%
Martin Luther King, Jr. NHS
89
704,168
0.26%
Fort McHenry NM & HS
90
678,431
0.25%
Saguaro NP
91
678,261
0.25%
Ford’s Theatre NHS
92
665,876
0.24%
Capitol Reef NP
93
663,670
0.24%
President’s Park
94
658,065
0.24%
Petrified Forest NP
95
644,648
0.24%
Santa Monica Mountains NRA
96
633,054
0.23%
Arlington House The R.E. Lee MEM
97
586,531
0.21%
Pictured Rocks NL
98
575,450
0.21%
Vicksburg NMP
99
573,838
0.21%
Kings Canyon NP
100
567,544
0.21%
Big South Fork NRRA
101
565,063
0.21%
Lake Meredith NRA
102
554,272
0.20%
Mojave NPRES
103
549,599
0.20%
Theodore Roosevelt NP
104
545,090
0.20%
Guilford Courthouse NMP
105
541,581
0.20%
Manassas NBP
106
538,888
0.20%
Shiloh NMP
107
536,206
0.20%
Denali NP & PRES
108
530,922
0.19%
Fort Matanzas NM
109
523,694
0.19%
Crater Lake NP
110
523,027
0.19%
San Antonio Missions NHP
111
521,705
0.19%
Lowell NHP
112
517,763
0.19%
Wind Cave NP
113
516,142
0.19%
Padre Island NS
114
515,830
0.19%
Glacier Bay NP & PRES
115
500,590
0.18%
Mammoth Cave NP
116
494,541
0.18%
White Sands NM
117
490,544
0.18%
Biscayne NP
118
486,848
0.18%
Cedar Breaks NM
119
466,450
0.17%
Canyonlands NP
120
462,242
0.17%
Mesa Verde NP
121
460,237
0.17%
Wright Brothers NMEM
122
447,796
0.16%
Fort Washington Park
123
443,918
0.16%
Wolf Trap NP for the Performing Arts
124
441,166
0.16%
Virgin Islands NP
125
438,601
0.16%
Lassen Volcanic NP
126
427,409
0.16%
Salem Maritime NHS
127
426,328
0.16%
Devils Tower NM
128
417,326
0.15%
Cape Lookout NS
129
416,568
0.15%
Colorado NM
130
409,351
0.15%
Jean Lafitte NHP & PRES
131
400,128
0.15%
Redwood NP
132
393,364
0.14%
Montezuma Castle NM
133
389,091
0.14%
Carlsbad Caverns NP
134
388,566
0.14%
Boston African American NHS
135
386,084
0.14%
Fort Pulaski NM
136
374,408
0.14%
Vanderbilt Mansion NHS
137
372,569
0.14%
Antietam NB
138
370,832
0.14%
Pu’uhonua o Honaunau NHP
139
363,282
0.13%
Governors Island NM
140
355,553
0.13%
Saint Croix NSR
141
342,942
0.13%
Appomattox Court House NHP
142
317,660
0.12%
Big Bend NP
143
316,953
0.12%
Prince William Forest Park
144
309,298
0.11%
Fort Caroline NMEM
145
307,086
0.11%
Morristown NHP
146
304,941
0.11%
Nez Perce NHP
147
297,973
0.11%
LBJ Memorial Grove on the Potomac
148
294,979
0.11%
Fire Island NS
149
294,219
0.11%
Adams NHP
150
285,501
0.10%
Kenai Fjords NP
151
283,502
0.10%
De Soto NMEM
152
279,924
0.10%
Little Bighorn Battlefield NM
153
277,883
0.10%
New Bedford Whaling NHP
154
276,374
0.10%
Dinosaur NM
155
274,361
0.10%
War in the Pacific NHP
156
266,267
0.10%
Flight 93 NMEM
157
265,924
0.10%
Fort Raleigh NHS
158
263,598
0.10%
Stones River NB
159
258,242
0.09%
Pennsylvania Avenue NHS
160
257,831
0.09%
Harpers Ferry NHP
161
255,714
0.09%
Fort Donelson NB
162
247,734
0.09%
Kings Mountain NMP
163
247,632
0.09%
Great Sand Dunes NP & PRES
164
242,841
0.09%
Bighorn Canyon NRA
165
241,527
0.09%
Pinnacles NP
166
237,677
0.09%
Voyageurs NP
167
233,390
0.09%
White House
168
231,627
0.08%
Upper Delaware S&RR
169
228,464
0.08%
San Juan Island NHP
170
220,960
0.08%
Fort Frederica NM
171
217,580
0.08%
Lewis & Clark NHP
172
217,022
0.08%
Cowpens NB
173
216,239
0.08%
Channel Islands NP
174
212,029
0.08%
Lincoln Home NHS
175
209,405
0.08%
Organ Pipe Cactus NM
176
206,860
0.08%
Craters of the Moon NM
177
200,525
0.07%
Obed W&SR
178
198,367
0.07%
New Orleans Jazz NHP
179
198,363
0.07%
Natchez NHP
180
191,095
0.07%
Wupatki NM
181
190,878
0.07%
Petersburg NB
182
190,086
0.07%
Little River Canyon NPRES
183
185,477
0.07%
Sunset Crater Volcano NM
184
184,864
0.07%
Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP
185
175,852
0.06%
Catoctin Mountain Park
186
175,213
0.06%
Missouri NRR
187
169,698
0.06%
Fort Necessity NB
188
165,159
0.06%
Abraham Lincoln Birthplace NHP
189
163,928
0.06%
Theodore Roosevelt Island
190
162,599
0.06%
Piscataway Park
191
161,999
0.06%
Sitka NHP
192
161,157
0.06%
Perry’s Victory & Intl. Peace MEM
193
158,231
0.06%
Kaloko Honokohau NHP
194
158,124
0.06%
Wilson’s Creek NB
195
157,309
0.06%
John Day Fossil Beds NM
196
156,285
0.06%
Richmond NBP
197
151,240
0.06%
Federal Hall NMEM
198
148,647
0.05%
Apostle Islands NL
199
148,556
0.05%
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt NHS
200
147,218
0.05%
Guadalupe Mountains NP
201
145,670
0.05%
Greenbelt Park
202
142,742
0.05%
El Malpais NM
203
137,904
0.05%
Gauley River NRA
204
135,309
0.05%
George Washington Birthplace NM
205
131,683
0.05%
Fort Stanwix NM
206
129,089
0.05%
Herbert Hoover NHS
207
128,919
0.05%
George Rogers Clark NHP
208
128,531
0.05%
Bandelier NM
209
126,682
0.05%
Pu’ukohola Heiau NHS
210
125,645
0.05%
Walnut Canyon NM
211
125,267
0.05%
Lincoln Boyhood NMEM
212
125,069
0.05%
Chamizal NMEM
213
121,937
0.04%
Johnstown Flood NMEM
214
121,923
0.04%
Congaree NP
215
120,340
0.04%
Big Thicket NPRES
216
120,108
0.04%
Christiansted NHS
217
118,638
0.04%
Ocmulgee NM
218
115,801
0.04%
Petroglyph NM
219
115,075
0.04%
Little Rock Central High School NHS
220
114,144
0.04%
Scotts Bluff NM
221
108,127
0.04%
Allegheny Portage Railroad NHS
222
107,977
0.04%
Lava Beds NM
223
105,395
0.04%
Kalaupapa NHP
224
101,112
0.04%
Mississippi NRRA
225
100,111
0.04%
Andersonville NHS
226
98,771
0.04%
Jewel Cave NM
227
98,259
0.04%
Pea Ridge NMP
228
95,251
0.03%
City of Rocks NRES
229
94,906
0.03%
African Burial Ground NM
230
93,234
0.03%
Coronado NMEM
231
92,936
0.03%
Great Basin NP
232
92,893
0.03%
Devils Postpile NM
233
91,794
0.03%
Timpanogos Cave NM
234
91,269
0.03%
Grand Portage NM
235
88,598
0.03%
Tuzigoot NM
236
85,746
0.03%
General Grant NMEM
237
83,440
0.03%
Lyndon B. Johnson NHP
238
82,369
0.03%
Natural Bridges NM
239
82,330
0.03%
Carl Sandburg Home NHS
240
81,710
0.03%
Steamtown NHS
241
81,174
0.03%
Manzanar NHS
242
77,511
0.03%
Minuteman Missile NHS
243
76,261
0.03%
Hubbell Trading Post NHS
244
75,678
0.03%
Oregon Caves NM
245
72,717
0.03%
Moores Creek NB
246
72,330
0.03%
Niobrara NSR
247
71,876
0.03%
Effigy Mounds NM
248
71,074
0.03%
Wrangell-St. Elias NP & PRES
249
69,984
0.03%
Ninety Six NHS
250
69,624
0.03%
Fort Smith NHS
251
69,584
0.03%
Jimmy Carter NHS
252
67,455
0.02%
Homestead NM of America
253
67,396
0.02%
Casa Grande Ruins NM
254
65,106
0.02%
Pipestone NM
255
64,760
0.02%
Klondike Gold Rush NHP Seattle
256
61,942
0.02%
Dayton Aviation Heritage NHP
257
59,274
0.02%
Eisenhower NHS
258
59,179
0.02%
Dry Tortugas NP
259
58,401
0.02%
Florissant Fossil Beds NM
260
58,032
0.02%
Whitman Mission NHS
261
57,686
0.02%
River Raisin NBP
262
57,464
0.02%
Horseshoe Bend NMP
263
55,965
0.02%
Rainbow Bridge NM
264
54,773
0.02%
Saratoga NHP
265
54,364
0.02%
Navajo NM
266
54,168
0.02%
Fort Laramie NHS
267
54,057
0.02%
Cumberland Island NS
268
51,435
0.02%
Pipe Spring NM
269
51,118
0.02%
Roger Williams NMEM
270
48,677
0.02%
Capulin Volcano NM
271
48,466
0.02%
Tuskegee Institute NHS
272
47,766
0.02%
Frederick Douglass NHS
273
47,625
0.02%
Charles Pinckney NHS
274
47,309
0.02%
Thomas Edison NHP
275
46,677
0.02%
Hopewell Furnace NHS
276
46,138
0.02%
Eleanor Roosevelt NHS
277
43,686
0.02%
Fort Davis NHS
278
43,277
0.02%
Andrew Johnson NHS
279
42,929
0.02%
Aztec Ruins NM
280
41,312
0.02%
Golden Spike NHS
281
40,704
0.01%
Chiricahua NM
282
40,646
0.01%
Longfellow NHS
283
40,554
0.01%
El Morro NM
284
40,051
0.01%
Tonto NM
285
39,632
0.01%
Ulysses S. Grant NHS
286
38,604
0.01%
Big Hole NB
287
38,092
0.01%
Saint-Gaudens NHS
288
37,837
0.01%
John Muir NHS
289
37,777
0.01%
Monocacy NB
290
37,647
0.01%
Lake Chelan NRA
291
37,315
0.01%
Arkansas Post NMEM
292
36,420
0.01%
Bluestone NSR
293
36,266
0.01%
Friendship Hill NHS
294
34,372
0.01%
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP
295
34,112
0.01%
George Washington Carver NM
296
33,061
0.01%
Palo Alto Battlefield NHP
297
32,522
0.01%
Pecos NHP
298
32,386
0.01%
Hampton NHS
299
32,262
0.01%
Hopewell Culture NHP
300
32,206
0.01%
Rosie The Riveter WWII Home Front
301
31,514
0.01%
Tumacacori NHP
302
31,433
0.01%
Women’s Rights NHP
303
30,137
0.01%
Chaco Culture NHP
304
29,917
0.01%
Harry S Truman NHS
305
28,977
0.01%
Buck Island Reef NM
306
28,972
0.01%
Katmai NP & PRES
307
28,966
0.01%
Gila Cliff Dwellings NM
308
27,825
0.01%
Fort Larned NHS
309
27,432
0.01%
Fort Scott NHS
310
25,773
0.01%
Cane River Creole NHP
311
25,556
0.01%
Hovenweep NM
312
24,959
0.01%
Salinas Pueblo Missions NM
313
24,836
0.01%
Bent’s Old Fort NHS
314
23,324
0.01%
Weir Farm NHS
315
22,862
0.01%
Clara Barton NHS
316
22,737
0.01%
Booker T. Washington NM
317
22,103
0.01%
North Cascades NP
318
21,623
0.01%
William Howard Taft NHS
319
21,102
0.01%
James A. Garfield NHS
320
21,027
0.01%
Hagerman Fossil Beds NM
321
21,008
0.01%
Russell Cave NM
322
20,456
0.01%
Hamilton Grange NMEM
323
20,429
0.01%
Brown v. Board of Education NHS
324
19,356
0.01%
Tuskegee Airmen NHS
325
19,301
0.01%
Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural NHS
326
19,198
0.01%
Grant-Kohrs Ranch NHS
327
18,848
0.01%
Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace NHS
328
18,676
0.01%
Cape Krusenstern NM
329
18,225
0.01%
National Park of American Samoa
330
17,919
0.01%
Springfield Armory NHS
331
17,782
0.01%
Fossil Butte NM
332
17,662
0.01%
John F. Kennedy NHS
333
17,273
0.01%
Noatak NPRES
334
16,907
0.01%
Kobuk Valley NP
335
16,875
0.01%
Isle Royale NP
336
16,274
0.01%
Martin Van Buren NHS
337
16,229
0.01%
Tallgrass Prairie NPRES
338
16,128
0.01%
Sagamore Hill NHS
339
14,639
0.01%
Knife River Indian Villages NHS
340
14,476
0.01%
Saint Paul’s Church NHS
341
14,016
0.01%
Lake Clark NP & PRES
342
13,000
0.00%
Fort Union Trading Post NHS
343
12,908
0.00%
Gates of the Arctic NP & PRES
344
11,012
0.00%
Saint Croix Island International Historic Site
345
10,709
0.00%
Agate Fossil Beds NM
346
10,504
0.00%
First Ladies NHS
347
10,068
0.00%
President W.J. Clinton Birthplace Home NHS
348
9,838
0.00%
Fort Union NM
349
8,965
0.00%
Washita Battlefield NHS
350
8,434
0.00%
Cesar E. Chavez NM
351
8,157
0.00%
Saugus Iron Works NHS
352
8,154
0.00%
Fort Bowie NHS
353
8,082
0.00%
Maggie L. Walker NHS
354
7,013
0.00%
Frederick Law Olmsted NHS
355
6,570
0.00%
Thomas Stone NHS
356
6,013
0.00%
Edgar Allan Poe NHS
357
5,884
0.00%
Mary McLeod Bethune Council House NHS
358
5,686
0.00%
Sand Creek Massacre NHS
359
4,795
0.00%
Salt River Bay NHP & Ecological Pres
360
4,791
0.00%
Yukon-Charley Rivers NPRES
361
3,914
0.00%
Nicodemus NHS
362
3,241
0.00%
Eugene O’Neill NHS
363
2,929
0.00%
Bering Land Bridge NPRES
364
2,642
0.00%
Thaddeus Kosciuszko NMEM
365
1,682
0.00%
Alibates Flint Quarries NM
366
1,555
0.00%
Rio Grande W&SR
367
703
0.00%
Port Chicago Naval Magazine NM
368
596
0.00%
Aniakchak NM & PRES
369
134
0.00%