The National Park Service will explore opportunities to enhance public access to the Anacostia River in the District of Columbia after Anacostia Park's Buzzard Point Marina closes on December 31, the expiration of the concession contract.
Parks in the News
Services are nearing an end for the year at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area in northern Wyoming, as park staff are eying winter and getting the NRA's facilities ready for it.
In an ongoing effort to come up with rules for beach fires at Golden Gate National Recreation Area, park officials have scheduled a public meeting for September 24 to go over proposed guidelines and permitting.
For nearly a century, a popular story has linked the origins of the National Park Service to the genius of one man. In 1914, Stephen T. Mather, a self-made millionaire in the borax industry, visited Yosemite and Sequoia national parks. Finding both of them poorly managed he wrote Secretary of the Interior Franklin K. Lane and complained. “Dear Steve,” Lane allegedly replied, “If you don’t like the way the national parks are being run, come on down to Washington and run them yourself.”
In a bid to get more senior citizens out into the National Park System, "Senior Skip Day" is coming to the parks on October 8. The day, promoted by health-care company Humana, Inc., lets everyone age 62 and older into the National Park System for free.
Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, some have four legs. Last week, park mules and a horse transported two injured hikers suffering from dehydration to safety.
A section of a popular trail at New River Gorge National River in West Virginia has been closed for the forseeable future due to erosion problems.
Cape Point Campground at Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina will remain open two extra months, through the Thanksgiving weekend in late November.
If you're in Grand Teton National Park later this month, keep your eyes open for signs warning about grizzly bear trapping operations.
Careless campers at Rocky Mountain National Park have left smoldering campfires behind, though fortunately rangers were able to douse them before they blew up into major wildfires. But one day they might not be able to respond so quickly.