There are more than a handful of women whose contributions toward parks did not go unnoticed, which sometimes ends with a dedication to them in the form of a state park name. It’s a pretty big honor, and it also goes to show that women have done a lot to help the outdoors industry expand as well as contribute to our beloved parks. So this Women’s History Month—and really, what should be the standard all year round—we’re tipping our hats to these awesome female-inspired parks.
Women’s Rights National Historical Park and the Cayuga-Seneca Canal, New YorkThis glorious national historic park represents the area where men and women first gathered to discuss the possibility of women’s rights, the location of the first Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls. You can watch a film talking about the amazing women who fought for women’s right to vote, then head to the museum and the Wesleyan Chapel where the convention was held. There are also tours of the homes of suffragists Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Mary Ann M’Clintock, and Jane Hunt. It’s a great place to start when looking to gain more information about the importance of equal rights in America.
Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, KentuckyOriginally named Dewey Lake State Park, this park was renamed in the late 1950s shortly after becoming an official Kentucky State Park for badass frontierwoman Virginia “Jenny” Sellards Wiley. Jenny was a tough woman who endured an accidental Indian attack that was meant as revenge against her neighbors; she watched her attackers kill all of her children, and was then taken hostage by them for 11 months. Although she faced horrors that many cannot even fathom, she remained resolved to escape from her captors. After almost being killed by a tribe, she eventually escaped and found her way back home. Now that’s a strong lady and an aptly named park!
Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument, CaliforniaAlthough not necessarily named for a woman, the famous Hearst Castle was designed by an awesome female designer, Julia Morgan. In 1894, she was the first woman to graduate from the University of California’s School of Engineering. She went on to design more than 800 buildings in California, including the San Francisco Fairmont Hotel. If that isn’t impressive, we’re not sure what is.
Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park, FloridaThis park gets its name from environmental activist Anna Dagny Johnson, who was the leader of many groups (including the Upper Keys Citizens Association and the Izaak Walton League) that worked to stop planned developments in north Key Largo. They rallied together under Johnson’s leadership to preserve onshore communities and protect offshore coral reefs. Now that’s an admirable lady!
Even though Women’s History Month is over, you’re free to enjoy these lovely parks still—we won’t judge you for your late arrival. Make sure you have our handy dandy Pocket Ranger® mobile apps with you to make your trips more enjoyable and easy.