The mountainous landscape of Snowdonia sits in the northwestern section of Wales. The name “Snowdonia” comes from the term “Snowdon,” the highest mountain in Wales. In 1951, the area was officially listed as a national park, making Snowdonia the third in the United Kingdom and the first in the country. The Snowdonia National Park Authority, consisting of both local and Welsh representatives, governs the area. The land belongs to both private and public planning authorities. Roughly 26,000 people inhabit the park, which consists of 823 square miles (2,132 sq. km). In the past, “Snowdonia” covered a much smaller area, mainly the upland and northern region of Gwynedd. The vast amount of mountainous terrain makes the park popular among hikers. Lakes, rivers, mixed forests, rocky terrain and various flora species are found throughout the landscape.