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Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

  • When I was a volunteer at the desk at Oconaluftee Visitor Center at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most frequent question on the phone was, "Is US 441 open through to Gatlinburg?"

    That was easy to answer officially, either "yes" or "no."

    But they were not all that easy.

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

  • Editor's note: The Traveler is expanding the coverage we devote to national parks in other nations. Throughout the year we'll be rolling out a major series of stories on international park destinations with plenty of travel insight, but we're also launching recurring smaller stories such as this one that bring you park news from other nations. Stay tuned for more on global parks.

  • Editor's note: Back in November we told you about Jeff Doran's efforts to build a website focused on hiking in Glacier National Park.

Monday, February 13th, 2012

  • [i]Editor's note: This provides additional details on the budget proposal, a look at previous funding, and adds Park Service Director Jarvis's reaction.

  • Two portions of the Blue Ridge Parkway will be closed to traffic between mid-February and mid-April to facilitate “tunnel safety projects.” An 11.2-mile stretch south of Asheville and a 13.4-mile section north of Cherokee will be interdicted “without implementation of a signed detour.”

    The closure near Asheville, between State Route 191