There are hundreds of locations across the United States that are only accessible with barbless hooks. Here is a selection of the most popular National Parks that offer barbless fishing opportunities.
Stretching across parts of Tennessee and North Carolina, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers more than 2,000 miles of fishable rivers and streams. Breathtaking mountain views and miles of accessible hiking trails draw millions of visitors each year. With 67 species of fish present in the park and no entrance fees, outdoor enthusiasts can easily afford an unforgettable adventure.
On the Pacific Coast of Washington state, Olympic National Park features snowcapped mountains, verdant rain forests, and expansive beaches. These three distinct ecosystems offer visitors a variety of wildlife to discover. With 4,000 miles of fishable waters, 600 high country lakes, and 70 miles of tidewater habitats, Olympic National Park offers excellent fishing for 31 species of fish.
Majestic mountains, fields of wildflowers, and flowing streams characterize the Rocky Mountain National Park outside Denver, Colorado. Rocky Mountain National Park offers opportunities for hiking, climbing, and horseback riding. Trout fishing is popular here, with the headwaters of the Colorado, Cache la Poudre, and Big Thompson Rivers providing 150 miles of fishable waters.
Paralleling much of the Appalachian Trail in Virginia, Shenandoah National Park offers breathtaking Blue Ridge vistas, woodland trails, and cascading waterfalls. Shenandoah is best known for its beautiful fall foliage. With more than 70 mountain streams and 38 species of fish present here, the Shenandoah National Park is a remarkable getaway spot for outdoor enthusiasts.
Famed for its geysers and plentiful wildlife, Yellowstone National Park offers many exciting destinations and activities to explore. Watching Old Faithful erupt is a highpoint to any trip to Yellowstone. Visitors also enjoy hiking, camping, biking, and boating through the raw natural setting. About 50,000 of the park’s three million annual sightseers fish while in Yellowstone.
Most renowned for its dramatic waterfalls, Yosemite National Park stretches nearly 1,200 square miles across deep valleys, high cliffs, winding creeks and rivers, ancient giant sequoias, and a vast wilderness area. Yosemite is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, about 200 miles east of San Francisco, 300 miles northwest of Los Angeles, and 400 miles northwest of Las Vegas.