The Latest News & Views

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

  • It might not cost you extra to venture off into the backcountry of Great Smoky Mountains National Park for an overnighter next year.

  • The National Park Service recently released a concession proposal for retail services at two locations in the Florida unit of Gulf Islands National Seashore.

    Both concessions, one a campground store, and the other a snack bar, are near Fort Pickens on the western end of seven-mile long Santa Rosa Island.

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

  • A forest fire has forced the closure of the Avalanche Lake Trail, a relatively short hike with an impressive payoff, in Glacier National Park.

    The "Avalanche Wildland Fire," believed to have been sparked by lightning on Saturday, covers roughly 45 acres, park officials said Monday.

  • All six Cape Cod National Seashore beaches were open on Labor Day despite the sightings of great white sharks in nearby waters.

    Though some beaches managed by towns along the cape had been closed in recent days due to shark sightings, on the national seashore all six of their beaches were open with lifeguards posted, according to personnel at the Salt Pond Vis

  • Raise a toast to the Blue Ridge Parkway—and do it while enjoying a great meal at one of dozens of restaurants sponsoring the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation's “Plates for the Parkway” benefit on September 18th, 2012.

    The first annual event will include restaurants that agree to donate a minimum of 10% of a meal or the day’s sales to benefit the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation’s efforts to pr