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Finding Winter Bliss in a National Park Lodge

Winter can be a blissful time to visit the national parks. You can head south, and enjoy the warm weather and simply pitch your tent, or you can head to the snow belt and explore the parks on skis or snowshoes. But where should you stay? We asked our lodging experts, David and Kay Scott, for their recommendations.

Trails I've Hiked: The Bloody Angle at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park

From his cabin, Willis Landram had a front-row perch to one of the bloodiest days of the Civil War. Today, a trail leads you across the landscape now recalled as the "Bloody Angle" at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.

A Holiday Gift List For National Park Travelers

What do you get for that national park lover in the family? The options are more diverse than you might imagine.

Winter, A Season of Contrasts Across the National Park System

This week the Traveler offers you a series of stories to help you enjoy the coming months in the national parks. We'll take a look at some great lodges to call home for your visit, point out some cold-weather -- and warm-weather -- parks to enjoy (and how to enjoy them), touch on seasonal wildlife moves, and even offer some suggestions on how to stay safe in the parks.

By the Numbers: Cumberland Island National Seashore

Accessible only by boat, Georgia's Cumberland Island National Seashore features undeveloped beaches, maritime forests, huge marshes, historic structures, abundant wildlife, and more. Here are some numbers that tell the story.

Touring The Continental Army's Huts At Valley Forge National Historical Park

Among the highlights of a visit to Valley Forge National Historical Park is looking at, and into, the log cabins the Continental Army built to survive the winter encampment of 1777-78. In the following video from the park, you can gain some insights of the cabins that remain and how proud the soldiers were of what they built.

Republicans On House Natural Resources Committee Planning Big Changes For Public Lands

Fresh off their Election Day tidal wave, and energized by it, Republican members of the House Natural Resources Committee are planning big changes for public lands in the West, changes that could greatly impact national parks.

Yosemite Nature Notes: Glaciers

Last month we let you take a peek "behind the scenes" with Steven Bumgardner and his crew at Yosemite Nature Notes as they were working on a segment about glaciers in Yosemite National Park. Well, here's the resulting product, which is a great primer on the park's glaciers.

GAO Report: Environmental Laws Don't Greatly Impede Border Security In the Southwest

A nearly year-long review by the U.S. Government Accountability Office determined that while environmental regulations at times slowed Border Patrol operations in the Southwest, a strong majority of agents-in-charge "reported that the overall security status of their jurisdiction is not affected by land management laws."

Oprah Went Camping in Yosemite National Park, But Will She Remain A Fan of the National Parks?

Oprah Winfrey took her star power camping in Yosemite National Park at the invitation of Ranger Shelton Johnson. While one of her goals was to encourage more “people of color” to enjoy our national parks, it remains to be seen whether she can now shoulder the mantle of national parks ambassador.

Counting Sea Turtles in the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary off Olympic National Park

Counting sea turtles is no easy task when you're scanning the ocean looking for them, but that's just what the National Ocean Service's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and the National Marine Fisheries Service did earlier this fall.

Do You Know Where Stonewall Jackson's Left Arm is Buried?

There is in a secluded setting behind historic Ellwood Manor at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park a low stone monument that marks the spot where Confederate General Stonewall Jackson's amputated left arm is supposedly buried. But is it really there?
From time to time speculation arises over whether General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson's amputated left arm really is buried at historic Ellwood Manor at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. In this podcast, the park's chief historian, John Hennessy, discusses the debate and voices his opinion on the matter.

Report Counters GOP Arguments That Environmental Regs, Agencies Hampering Border Security

For months Republicans on the House Natural Resources Committee have claimed that environmental regulations are hampering border control in the Southwest. But a new study notes that "there are numerous examples" of how various federal agencies are working together on border control.
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Rock Falls In Yosemite National Park Provide Homes For Curious Scorpion-Like Creature

Just in time for Halloween -- a new bug to give you the creeps. This newly found arachnid apparently has been living in caves created by rock falls in Yosemite National Park for some time.

Claw and Horn In Yellowstone

Due to possible copyright issues, we've taken down the photo of the bison being chased by a grizzly in Yellowstone National Park.

The Wonder That Is The Linn Cove Viaduct On the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Linn Cove Viaduct on the Blue Ridge Parkway was featured on the History Channel’s Modern Marvels series, for heaven’s sake. Nevertheless, it’s not widely understood why or how it’s noteworthy. The High Country landmark might be nothing less than the combined genius of the 20th century’s two top bridge designers.

Gary Everhardt's Impact on the Blue Ridge Parkway

During his nearly quarter-century as superintendent of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Gary Everhardt developed partnerships to both protect and better the Parkway.

Gary Everhardt: The “Right Man at the Right Time” on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Nations everywhere name buildings to honor pivotal figures, the people whose contributions form the foundation on which the future stands. We all see such structures, but it’s rare to wander the halls of one with the person whose name is chiseled on the plaque and attached to the boulder out front -- especially when it’s the headquarters of the most visited unit of the National Park system.

Proposal For State-Federal Collaboration on Combating White-Nose Syndrome in Bats Out for Public Review

While state and federal authorities are developing a plan of attack for dealing with white-nose syndrome in bat populations, a non-profit organization is criticizing the federal government for moving too slowly on this growing problem.