Essential Spring Guide '15: Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park, Mammoth Cave National Park, Big South Fork National River And Recreation Area

Spring is a lovely time for a visit to the Cumberland Mountains. On rocky slopes up high the Catawba rhododendron blooms. The Painted Trillium, spring beauty, and red buds burst forth from their dormancy in all of their beauty. Take a few days to fill your eyes with beauty, your soul with history, and your body with adventure.

Spring Is No Season To Be Cooped Up

Springtime is a bit of an “in-between” season. It’s somewhere between the longer, warmer days of summer, and the cooler and muddier days of a late winter. Hopefully you’ll find your place farther from winter’s cold and closer to summer’s breezes.

American Chestnut Trees, Hopefully Resistant To Blight, Will Be Planted At Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park

Can the American chestnut tree recovery from the devastating blight that has plagued it for decades? We could find out from a planting next weekend at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park in Kentucky, where staff will plant 20 potentially blight-resistant American chestnut trees at the national park's picnic area.

Can You Identify These "Historic Firsts" In The National Park System?

The country's first National Historic Site celebrated its 75th anniversary earlier this month, and the occasion offers the opportunity for some fun challenges for NPS trivia buffs. Can you identify the NPS area claiming this historic "first"? How about the location of America's first National Battlefield, or the former national park that's now a national monument?

"Give A Lincoln" To Help Preserve National Park Service Sites Tied to the Former President

While the 200th anniversary of President Lincoln's birth has passed us by, that doesn't mean you still can't help preserve not just his memory but places in the National Park System tied to Honest Abe.

National Park Quiz 41: Lincolnalia

Tomorrow is the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. If you’re up to snuff on your Lincolnalia, you’ll do just fine on this week’s quiz. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you recite the Gettysburg Address backwards.

Having a Bad Day? Consider the Plight of Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park

Ict storm damage at the park.
If you think you're having a tough day at work, perhaps a look at the challenges facing the staff at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park will provide a little perspective.