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Thursday, August 16th, 2012

  • The Great Smokies’ stellar Mountain Farm Museum at the new Oconaluftee Visitor Center may just be a stroll, but combine it with one of the Smokies best-kept-secret easy walks, the Oconaluftee River Trail, and you have one of the park’s best combinations of scenery and int

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

  • National Park Service officials again have declined to approve a professional bicycle race through Colorado National Monument, saying the event "conflicts with federal regulations and agency management policies."

    In turning down the request to hold a stage of the 2013 USA Pro Challenge bicycle race in the monument in western Colorado, Park Service officials sa

  • With school vacations about to end, now's a great time to begin planning for your fall getaway to a national park. With that in mind, here are some offers from parks around the country.

    Death Valley National Park, California. Unlike most national parks, fall is just the beginning of the park’s peak season.

  • Just about every national park unit of any size or age evokes at least one or more “urban legend,” tall tales that are widely accepted as true, but alas, for a good story, are not.

    Battlefield parks are particularly susceptible to urban legends as they produce strong emotions.

  • When your family sits down to choose a vacation destination, what possibilities arise to compete with a national park vacation?

    We hear constantly that visitation to the National Park System is flat, that Americans are heading to theme parks and on cruises rather than choosing to visit a national park.