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Friday, December 30th, 2011

  • Year-end usually leads to reflection, and we'd be more than remiss if we didn't take a moment to thank all of you who read the Traveler.

    Without your surfing by on a regular basis to see what news there is across the National Park System we'd have little motivation to keep plugging away.

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

  • Not all stories have to have a hard edge to them to be considered nicely done. What follows are some 2011 stories from, or revolving around, the National Park System that we liked for what they had to say, or how they had to say it, or what we learned from them. We hope you enjoyed them, too.

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a year-round destination for hikers. By choosing hikes that stay low in altitude, you can avoid dealing with serious ice on the trail.

  • During the past year we published 11 checklists to help you plan your national park visits. Here's a rundown of them.

    Guilford Courthouse National Military Park

    Guilford Courthouse National Military Park offers a quiet oasis of Revolutionary War history and good walking paths in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

  • We managed to get out on some national park trails during 2011 -- not as many as we'd like, but still a few that brought smiles to our faces. Here's a look back at those trails.

    The Smokemont Loop Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Hike the Smokemont Loop in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the winter.