We managed to get out on some national park trails during 2011 -- not as many as we'd like, but still a few that brought smiles to our faces. Here's a look back at those trails.
Why are national parks so dang controversial?
Birds, paddling, and photography -- with some history and nature tossed in -- are all part of the 15th Annual Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival that's running for the rest of the week along the Outer Banks of North Carolina, including Cape Hatteras and Cape Lookout national seashores.
With the last holiday weekend of the summer rolling out today, National Park Service crews are trying to get as much open as possible at hurricane-ravaged Cape Lookout and Cape Hatteras national seashores. Nevertheless, there will be limits on what you can do if you're visiting either this weekend.
Updated: Cape Lookout National Seashore Heavily Damaged By Hurricane Irene, Other Units Have Varying Degrees Of Damage
Cape Lookout National Seashore, the spot where Hurricane Irene came ashore in the United States last Saturday, was heavily damaged by the storm, according to latest reports. Other National Park System units along the East Coast received varying amounts of damage, but most are open for visitors.
Hurricane Irene Washes Out Road at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Various Damage At Other East Coast National Park Units
Reaching Cape Hatteras National Seashore by vehicle in the near future will be hard, if not impossible, due to breaching of Highway 12 by storm waters from Hurricane Irene.
Dare County, Core Of Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Orders Mandatory Evacuation Ahead of Hurricane Irene
With concerns growing that Hurricane Irene could make a direct hit on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, officials for Dare County have ordered a mandatory evacuation of the island that is the setting for Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
A young North Carolina girl was recovering Wednesday from a shark attack sustained in the surf at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.