The Latest News & Views

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

  • A fire reported at Cumberland Island National Seashore a week ago is almost fully contained, park officials said Wednesday. The "Hickory Hill Fire" was 95 percent contained, although it continues to smolder, officials said.

    On Tuesday, fire crews transitioned from a large, 20-person crew focused on line construction and containment to a smaller three-pe

  • A $10,000 grant from REI to Friends of the Smokies will make it a little bit easier for the friends group to improve trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

    The money went towards a new Trails Forever equipment trailer.

  • How much of a national park do you feel you need to see or understand to feel you've "done it"?

  • How vast is your national park knowledge? Each month the Traveler offers you a chance to prove your mettle with Mystery Spots and Mystery Photos. To further encourage your participation, we're going to start handing out prizes.

    Don't worry, these prizes won't be large enough that you'll have to declare your winnings on your tax return.

  • 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? The staff at Big Bend National Park put together the following primer for exploring their park.