The Latest News & Views

Friday, January 27th, 2012

  • With winter breaks arriving for many school systems in February, it's not too early to begin mapping out ways to keep your kids occupied.

  • If you think driving the 469 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway is a long and meandering journey, just take a glimpse at “Driving Through Time: The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.” You will be amazed that the road was ever finished.

    Even parks comprised of large tracts of contiguous lands are difficult to forge and fill with divers

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.