The Latest News & Views

Friday, October 7th, 2011

  • The late entertainer Art Linkletter was known for his "Kids Say the Darndest Things" interviews, but a recent trip to a park reminded me that grown-ups aren't immune from that tendency either—especially when they're on vacation.

    My wife Velma and I made a stop at Clingmans Dome during a visit to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and in the brief s

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

  • Cape Lookout National Seashore officials have selected a new location in Beaufort, North Carolina, to base a ferry service serving Shackleford Banks and the Cape Lookout area of the national seashore.

    However, the new service won't be operating until 2014 as the seashore still has to solicit bids for a concessionaire to run the ferry.

    Superintendent Pat Ken

  • An ambitious look at how to improve the concessions available at Grant Grove in Kings Canyon National Park has come to disappointing conclusion: The Park Service can't afford to make all of the proposed changes, and so will focus on only one aspect of the initial proposal.

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  • If you live close to the Blue Ridge Parkway, you might consider visiting Mabry Mill on weekends this month to enjoy programs ranging from making apple butter to basket-making demonstrations.

    Fall Gathering Days will happen on October 8, 15, and 22 from 10 a.m.

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

  • The Ozark Hellbender, the largest member of the salamander family, today was designated as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act by the U.S.