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North Unit Scenic Drive In Theodore Roosevelt National Park Reopens To End

The entire 14 miles of the North Unit Scenic Drive in Theodore Roosevelt National Park reopens to traffic today at 9 a.m. after road slumps back in August 2011 forced closure of the last 7 miles of the drive.

Ghostly Tales From The National Parks: Voyageurs National Park

Ghostly encounters aren't commonplace in the National Park System, but then, they're not unheard of, either, as we'll point out in a series of stories this week. The first is from Voyageurs National Park.

Trails I've Hiked: Lewis Falls Trail In Shenandoah National Park

Fall might not be everyone's preferred season for hiking, but in Shenandoah National Park it can be one of the best seasons. Not only are crowds down to a small trickle, but the naked forests can make it easier to spot remnants of old homesteads.

Huge Naval Gun Will Help Tell A Story At Golden Gate National Recreation Area

In the years leading up to—and during—World War II, the technology and techniques for "homeland security" were much different than those used today. The recent arrival of a giant naval gun at Golden Gate National Recreation Area will help tell the story of coastal naval defenses during a key period in our nation's history.

Twenty-Six Places Designated As National Historic Landmarks

More than two dozen historically and culturally rich places in the United States have been added to the list of National Historic Landmarks by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

Lodging In Limbo On The Blue Ridge Parkway

There is a real possibility three of the four lodging facilities on the Blue Ridge Parkway will close or remain closed following the 2012 season.

97 Percent Of Visitors To Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Happy With Park Facilities, Experiences

How happy were you with your national park visits this year? At Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in Indiana, 97 percent of the visitors who were surveyed said they thought their experience was either "good" or "very good."

Climbing Fees At Mount Rainier National Park To Increase....By $1

Climbing fees at Mount Rainier National Park are going to increase next year...by $1.

Musings From Colorado National Monument

There is one good word that can sum up the first impression of Colorado National Monument. Wow!

Reader Participation Day: How Would You Construct The Perfect National Park Guide?

What do you think should be contained in the perfect national park guidebook?

Tallest Native Hardwood Tree In North America Is Located In A National Park

If you were looking for the tallest native hardwood tree in North America, where might you begin? A group of dedicated volunteers from the Native Tree Society has found the answer, and it's in a national park. Do you know which one can claim the honor?

Birding In The National Parks: Gros Morne National Park Will Satisfy The Most Dedicated Birder

Newfoundland's Gros Morne National Park can be difficult to reach, but for the determined birder, the effort is well worth it!

Olympic National Park Officials Say It's Too Expensive To Keep Hurricane Ridge Open Daily In Winter

In a move not popular with locals, Olympic National Park officials have decided they cannot afford to maintain daily access to Hurricane Ridge during the winter months.

Mirror Lake Loop Trail In Yosemite National Park Open Again To Hikers

A popular loop trail in the Yosemite Valley has been reopened to the public after being closed for more than three years due to a large rockfall, according to Yosemite National Park officials.

First "Net Zero" Visitor Center Makes NPS Greener

The NPS has gained its first “net zero” visitor center, the Anthony C. Beilenson Visitor Center at the King Gillette Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in California.

"Ghost Trains Of Scranton" On Display At Steamtown National Historic Site

They are called "ghost trains," but in truth they are simply old trains decaying on railroad sidings. And from November 4 through the end of the year you'll be able to enjoy some fantastic photos of these trains by Kathryn Scott Adams at Steamtown National Historic Site.

Are You Prepared For A Fall Hike In The National Parks?

Fall is an incredible time to hike in a national park. Deciduous forests are shucking their leafy mantles, wildlife is more visible, temperatures are moderate, if not cold, and the mountains and meadows are beckoning. Just make sure you go properly prepared.

Parks Beyond Borders: American And Irish Parks For Australians, More Funds For World Biodiversity

A round up of global national park news, this week featuring travel from Australia to parks in the United States and Ireland, and more funds for biodiversity in other global parks.

Winter Closures Coming To Shenandoah National Park

The forest colors are vibrant, but the occasional nip in the air foretells a change in the seasons is coming, and that means some facilities are getting ready to close at Shenandoah National Park.

Beauty, Adventure, And Thievery: Plundering Biscayne National Park's Sunken Treasures

Biscayne National Park is an incredibly alluring park, 95 percent of which lies underwater. But Biscayne does not always attract pleasant visitors. Plagued by looters, the park constantly must spend extra time and money to keep criminals away from plundering the shipwrecks.

10 (Or More) Reasons Not To Turn Your Backs On National Parks During The Winter Months

Sure, kids are back in school, the days have grown shorter, and in some places there's a decided bite in the air. But that doesn't mean you should ignore visiting a national park park. Here are 10 (or more) reasons to help you head to the parks in the months to come.

Logo Contest Being Staged For New Glacier National Park Conservancy

With the decision made to merge the Glacier Association with the Glacier National Park Fund, the new organization is going to need a new logo, and that's where you come in.

Cumberland Island National Seashore Turning 40

Another birthday cake soon will be needed for the National Park System, which on October 23 celebrates the 40th anniversary of Cumberland Island National Seashore's addition to the system.

A Tale Of Two Lighthouses

Two late-19th century lighthouses with rich histories have changed hands, with one going from the U.S. Coast Guard to Biscayne National Park and the other going to a local government in Puerto Rico.
Moon Acadia National Park (Moon Handbooks) The winter months are a great time to research next summer's vacations, and if you're considering Acadia National Park, well, Moon Handbooks has an updated guide for you to use.

Trails I've Hiked: The Ridgeline Nature Trail At Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Badlands sprawled out in every direction I looked. East, west, south, or north, from the Ridgeline Trail in the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park it was easy to understand how the "badlands" term was coined.

Rock Slide Forces A 50-Mile Detour At Olympic National Park

A rock slide on Highway 101 near Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park is forcing visitors to take a roughly 50-mile detour while crews clean up the rubble and stablize the cliffside.

Predictions Of Good Fall Color Proving True On Blue Ridge Parkway

Predictions on how colorful the fall foliage will be for any given year is always a bit of a dice roll, but the forecasts for the current season in eastern national parks were generally promising. So...how accurate were those educated guesses? I took a drive on a short section of the Blue Ridge Parkway this week to find ou

"Big Slackwater" Project Completed At Chesapeake And Ohio Canal National Historical Park

After more than 15 years, and $19 million, the 184-mile-long towpath along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal has been restored to its original alignment along the Potomac River.

Tickets For National Christmas Tree Lighting Go On Sale October 25

True, the year-end holidays are a ways off yet, but the lights on the National Christmas Tree in Washington will be turned on December 6, and if you want to be there in person it's time to start planning.