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Goats Do Roam The Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Goat from the Baatany project
On the Appalachian Trail, goats keep the balds bald. Hikers can see the goats on Roan Mountain and adopt one.

Essential Friends + Gateways: West Yellowstone, A Gateway Town Worth Hanging Around

For more than a century, West Yellowstone, Montana, has been a key jumping off point for a once-in-a-lifetime visit to the world’s first national park.

Wales' Snowdonia: The UK’s Top National Park?

The British Isles have some great national parks—but for the best scenery with easiest access, I’d choose Snowdonia National Park in Wales. Here's why...

Essential Friends + Gateways: Preserving Wonderland, The Yellowstone Park Foundation

Preserving ‘Wonderland’ is an on-the-ground, daily mission of the Yellowstone Park Foundation.

Essential Friends + Gateways: Take A Long, Slow, Ride Along The Natchez Trace

From Nashville to Natchez, you’ll enjoy an incredible experience thanks to the Natchez Trace Compact.

Essential Friends + Gateways: Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, A Great Gateway To The Smokies

What could be better than combining the Great Smokies, America’s most-visited national park, with an iconic gateway to summer fun in the South?

Exploring The Parks: City Of Rocks National Reserve

There are hybrid cars, hybrid corn, hybrid cattle, so why not a hybrid park? City of Rocks in south central Idaho is one. City of Rocks National Reserve is part of the national park system, but there are no NPS personnel there.

Tent Flap With A View: 25 Favorite Backcountry Campsites

Where are some of the best backcountry campsites in the world (as well as the national parks)? Michael Lanza, Northwest editor of Backpacker Magazine, shares his thoughts on 25 of the best places to pitch your tent.

Next Time You’re Looking For Lodging During Your National Park Vacation, Consider A Dude Ranch

How many times have you started planning your national park vacation, only to suddenly and regretfully realize that you started too late and all the lodgings inside the park are booked for the dates you wanted to travel? Well, perhaps you should consider staying at a dude ranch near one of the national parks on your itinerary.

Essential Friends + Gateways: Let The Grand Canyon Association Introduce You To Grand Canyon National Park

First-timers to the Grand Canyon can quickly be overwhelmed, and not just by the depth and breadth of this world famous canyon. Where do you begin to explore this wondrous landscape? While the National Park Service provides a good foundation of interpretive materials, it lacks the staff and resources to develop the robust array of materials that the Grand Canyon Association does.

Exploring The Parks: Cape Lookout National Seashore's Historic District

Original life saving station
Summer is a perfect time to explore Cape Lookout National Seashore. A visit to the Cape Lookout Village Historic District rewards you with fascinating structures from a bygone era. Located only two miles from the cape's lighthouse, village visitors are almost guaranteed solitude.

Essential Friends + Gateways: Merging Two Great Groups To Benefit Glacier National Park

This year’s merger of the Glacier National Park Fund and the Glacier Association produced a stronger organization working on behalf of Glacier National Park.

From Visitor To Advocate: A Student’s Journey Through National Parks

How can you interest today's youth in national parks and the outdoors? Have them join the Student Conservation Association and take their park experiences a few steps beyond summer vacation trips.

Essential Friends + Gateways: The Boone Area High Country, An NC Parkway Gateway

The scenery and attractions of the lofty Blue Ridge Mountain bastion called the High Country are a pinnacle of the Blue Ridge Parkway experience.

Essential Friends + Gateways: The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, Long On Road, Innovation, And Impact

Innovations the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is introducing on America’s most scenic road are finding their way all over the nation.

Secret Sleeps, Tips For Snagging A National Park Campsite This Summer

There is nothing as traditional as camping out in the national parks for summer vacation. Reserving a campsite on www.recreation.gov can lock in a site long before you hit the road, but sometimes you just don’t get around to doing that. So what to do?

Essential Friends + Gateways: Friends Of Acadia, Working On The Next 100 Years

Though the centennial for Acadia National Park, and the National Park Service, still is three years offer, Friends of Acadia already are working towards ensuring the park has a memorable second century.

Essential Friends + Gateways: Trust For the National Mall, New Efforts To Save Our Icons

National Mall at night, copyright Stephen R. Brown
The term “national park” has a kneejerk meaning to many—only the clued-in know how diverse “units” of the park system really are. Towering Half Dome in Yosemite National Park isn’t the only grand granite monument protected by the National Park Service—and you don’t even need to look beyond the borders of Washington, D.C., to prove it.

Biscayne, The Closest National Park To Miami, Remains A Mystery

Miami’s number one boating destination has an identity crisis. While it has won over Washington D.C. politicians, residents look right past it. Even thousand of volunteers who care enough to clean up the city’s main body of water, Biscayne Bay, don’t know that they are touching holy waters of the federal kind.

National Parks Traveler's Essential Friends + Gateways

Traveler's 2nd Annual Essential Friends + Gateways publication, a collaboration between the Traveler and a core group of national park foundations, cooperating associations, trusts, friends groups, and gateway communities, is aimed at enhancing and furthering the now nationally significant role of these organizations and entities in the preservation and enjoyment of our parks.