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Thursday, January 26th, 2012

  • The Blue Ridge Parkway is a globally recognized icon of the American landscape.

    Stretches of road elsewhere in the United States may indeed be spectacular, but nothing matches this manicured, uniquely uncommercialized, half a thousand mile thoroughfare through the lofty heart of America’s first frontier.

  • A $5,000 "in-kind" grant from the federal Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program will allow for development of a plan to extend the "Red Canyon Trail" to Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah.

    The National Park Service has awarded the grant to the Scenic Byway 12 Committee for work on extending the Red Canyon Bicycle/Pedestrian

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

  • Surprise encounters can add spice to hiking in our national parks. Consider this one, for example. Last August I was hiking the Hidden Falls Trail on the far side of Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park when I bumped into my old friend Tommy.

  • With an eye on improving the safety of hikers heading to the top of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park officials are proposing to reduce the number of daily permits from 400 to 300, according to a proposed management plan.

    The Half Dome Trail Stewardship Plan Draft Environmental Assessment, now open for public review through March 15, says limiting the daily allotment to 300 "provides the best c

  • Editor's note: With nearly 400 units of the National Park System, one probably is close enough for you to visit in a day. But how should you organize those visits? Laura Henning, the chief of interpretation at Canaveral National Seashore in Florida, put together the following primer for exploring her park.