The Most Clever National Park Social Media Accounts
Our national parks have some hilarious and inspirational social media accounts. These are our favorites to follow.
Outside's long reads email newsletter features our strongest writing, most ambitious reporting, and award-winning storytelling about the outdoors. Sign up today.
Since 1916, the National Park Service has protected and preserved over 400 parks and monuments in the United States. While the employees at these cultural champions and nature lovers take their responsibilities seriously, they also know how to cut loose online with oddball antics and wisecracks.
These are the NPS social media accounts we go to when we need a shot of laughter or inspiration.
National Park Service HQ
If you like to achieve the coveted spit-take level of humor when you scroll your morning feed, then the National Park Service’s main IG account, @nationalparkservice, has you covered. With blazing sarcasm and a healthy dose of raunchy innuendo, NPS manages to keep everyone at rapt attention as they impart crucial wisdom about park safety and the amazing ecosystems they care for.
The account is a smorgasbord of all the national parks so there are plenty of stunning landscapes and factoids to provide the wow factor, too.
Zion National Park
The Zion National Park Instagram is full of clever quips and gorgeous shots of the Utah park’s terrain and its inhabitants and blends entertainment and education. Add this boredom buster to your daily scroll and you will never be disappointed.
Katmai National Park
Come for the corny puns, stay for the bears. Katmai in Alaska provides some lighthearted posts wielding witty wordplay and emphasizing the incredible features of their park. The highlight of this profile is the live-stream action of bears at Brooks Falls. Completely endearing, their antics will leave you utterly obsessed.
Bryce Canyon National Park
Clever jests and playful best practice videos pack the Bryce Canyon IG page, but what truly makes it dazzle is how they hit home. Park employees have the right mix of silly and significant that can keep you both cognizant of our harmful actions and in awe of the terrain’s allure. Plus, the park’s amusing animal content will really enrich your feed.
While he’s not technically a public land, nothing represents how we view this nation’s park systems quite like Smokey Bear. An icon of childhood, Smokey Bear’s tweets bring on nostalgia overload. Full of retro PSAs and lively photos, this profile is sure to bring out plenty of fond chuckles to perk up your day.
While many parks have yet to make the leap into the halls of TikTok, Yellowstone National Park has a hit on its hands. Their TikTok account is aimed at recruiting potential employees and dips behind the scenes of park life, showcasing priceless videos of absurd guest questions and what really goes on just behind that perfect picture.
Redwood National Park
What makes Redwood’s profile edge out other NPS sites is not simply the goofy puns, but their feather-friendly niche. While most park sites have the typical landscape-creature combo, Redwood shines a spotlight on eagles, falcons, condors, and the avian programs they launch.