Statement of Significance (as of designation - September 25, 1997):
This was the largest and one of the best examples of Depression-era recreational demonstration area (RDA) planning and design in the country. Forty-six RDA/state parks were planned by the National Park Service during the New Deal. In addition to providing recreation, RDAs were intended to "retire" marginal agricultural lands for the new and better use. The many remaining structures built by the Civilian Conservation Corps typify the intentionally rustic style so popular for park design at the time.