Visiting the Parks

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Announces 2013 Campground Schedule

Cape Hatteras National Seashore's campgrounds will begin to open for the season on April 5 when the Oregon Inlet, Frisco, and Ocracoke campgrounds open for business.

Clingmans Dome Road In Great Smoky Mountains National Park Could Open Today

Visitors to Great Smoky Mountains National Park could be able to drive up to Clingmans Dome as soon as today if conditions allow, though bad weather could force park officials to close the access road at any time.

Step Inside Weir Farm National Historic Site

Weir Was Here -- Secret Rooms, Doors and Windows is a traveling exhibit of photographs shot at Weir Farm National Historic Site by Xiomaro, a New York-based artist. You can glimpse the richness of this show via the following video.

Eastern National Park App Comes To 'Droids

It was just about a year ago that Eastern National, a non-proft that produces interpretive and educational materials for national parks, introduced its first cellphone app, for iPhones. Well, 'Droid users, your day is here. The organization just released a similar app for your phones.

Quick Ice Breakup Shows Challenge, And Dangers, Of Visiting Apostle Islands National Lakeshore's Ice Caves

Literally overnight the ice on Lake Superior at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore broke up, preventing an opportunity for visitors to walk across the ice and explore the lakeshore's "ice caves."

Series Of Snowshoe Hikes Planned At Voyageurs National Park

A weekly ranger-led snowshoe hike, including one by moonlight, is scheduled at Voyageurs National Park through the next month.

Let The Traveler Promote Your National Park Organization

Let the Traveler help promote your national park organization. Send us a decal of your logo and we'll add it to our rocket box atop our Subaru Outback.

One Day In Yosemite National Park

Thirty filmmakers gathered in Yosemite National Park on June 26, 2012, and spread out across the magnificent landscape to capture its essence. This collaborative effort resulted in the following video built on one day in Yosemite.

Exploring The National Park System's Underbelly

While white-nose syndrome continues to plague bats in the country's cave systems, there nevertheless are quite a few underground tours you can take in the National Park System, tours that not only will show off these unique resources but also provide education on the disease.
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Head To Obed Wild And Scenic River For Coffee And A Climbing Lesson

Climbing and coffee with a ranger? That's on the schedule beginning next month at Obed Wild and Scenic River in Tennessee.

Turn The Calendar Back To 1760 At Ninety Six National Historic Site

You'll be able to turn the calendar back 253 years at Ninety Six National Historic Site next month when the park marks the anniversary of the first Cherokee attack on Fort Ninety Six.

Trails I've Hiked: Old Settlers Trail In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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The Old Settlers Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a quiet, solitary experience. The trail is full of historic artifacts and is perfect for a winter ramble, even if there's not much winter in the southern Appalachians this year.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Offering Programs On Shipwrecks And "Cownose Rays"

Winter might not be the best time to enter the Atlantic at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, but it's a grea time to learn more about shipwrecks off the barrier island and a unique species of ray that swims its waters.

What To Look For When Shopping For Bear Spray For Your Next National Park Adventure

Summer backpack trips and hikes are months away, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be making up gear lists in January or February. And if you're heading to a national park frequented by grizzly or black bears, you'd be wise to look into bear sprays.

Rangers Will Show You Around Wupatki National Monument In Arizona

Rangers at Wupatki National Monument in Arizona will be leading "Discovery Hikes" through the monument on the second and fourth Saturdays of every month through March 23.

Nesting Birds Prompt Seasonal Closure Of Paurotis Pond At Everglades National Park

Hundreds of endangered Wood Storks are settling down for the nesting season at Paurotis Pond in Everglades National Park, and that means the pond and the surrounding area have been temporarily closed to visitors.

Winter Snowshoe Adventure Planned At Voyageurs National Park

If you enjoy the dark, don't mind the cold, and like to explore by snowshoe, considering joining the Night Light Snowshoe Hike at Voyageurs national Park later this month.

Blizzard Of '88 To Be Recalled At Homestead National Monument Of America

So many children were killed by the blizzard that swept the Plains states on January 12, 1888, that the storm became known as "the Children's Blizzard." Beginning Saturday, you'll be able to learn more about this storm at Homestead National Monument of America in Nebraska.

Find Yourself In Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Climbing Waterfalls

Propose a visit to a national lakeshore, and most folks will think you're talking about a warm-weather visit. But as the following video shows, winter can be a wonderful time to visit Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore to climb some waterfalls.

Tap Into The 2013 Natchez Trace Parkway Visitors Guide

Considering a drive down the 444-mile-long Natchez Trace Parkway this year? There's a brand new guide out there to help you plan your journey.

Rocky Mountain National Park Rangers Ready To Take You Snowshoeing In The Park

Exploring Rocky Mountain National Park by snowshoe is a wondrous experience, and park rangers are ready to lead you into this park this winter.

Didn't Get A Chance To Take In The Steam Festival At Golden Spike National Historic Site? Check Out These Videos And Photos

Couldn't make it to Golden Spike National Historic Site for the annual Steam Festival? Check out these photos and videos to experience it.

Fifty-Two (At Least) Ways To Enjoy Your Time In The National Park System This Year

Here we are, the very first day of 2013. Everything is fresh and open to possibilities when it comes to enjoying time in the National Park System. With that in mind, here are 52 suggestions on how to have fun in the parks this year.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park Christmas Bird Count Coming....In January

Planning to be in West Texas early next month? If so, consider heading over to Guadalupe Mountains National Park to join in the park's annual Christmas Bird Count.

Still Time To Join A Yellowstone Association Institute Course This Winter

If you have some time on your hands, a hankering for natural sciences, and always wanted to visit Yellowstone National Park winter, here's your chance.

Visiting Hawaii Volcanoes National Park In January? Check Out These Programs

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing After Dark in the Park and Hawaiian cultural programs with the community and visitors throughout January – which is also Volcano Awareness Month, established by the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

A Year In The Parks: From Arches National Park To Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Living in the Rocky Mountains is a great asset when it comes to visiting national parks, for there are so many in just about any direction you head. The past year took me north and south through the region to a diverse collection parks, and I also ventured to Virginia to explore the National Park System.

Florida National Scenic Trail To Turn 30 In 2013

The Florida National Scenic Trail will mark its 30th anniversary during 2013, and a special event is scheduled for January 4 to dedicate the trail's Southern Terminus with a monument at the Oasis Visitor Center in Big Cypress National Preserve.

Yosemite Steve Goes Snorkeling In Virgin Islands National Park

Steven Bumgardner, aka Yosemite Steve, typically restricts his videography to Yosemite National Park, but he recently visited Virgin Islands National Park and came away with a great video on snorkeling in the park.

Wind Cave National Park Programs Will Lead Kids Into The Backcountry

Programs for exploring nature with children and discovering the park’s backcountry will be offered this winter and spring at Wind Cave National Park.
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