Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park in eastern Central California was first created as a forest reserve by President Lincoln in 1864. At 747,956 acres, the park is known for its waterfalls and granite features such as El Capitan, Half Dome, and Glacier Point. More than 800 miles of hiking trails exist within the park. Millions of visitors from all over the world come to the park each year. Mt. Lyell, over 13,000 feet, is the highest elevation within park boundaries. Yosemite Valley, the most frequently visited destination, provides camping and lodging for visitors. The valley is bisected by the main branch of the Merced River.