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Friday, June 12th, 2009

  • Shared by Tennessee and North Carolina, Great Smoky Mountains National Park stretches for more than 521,000 acres in the rumples of the Southern Appalachians. The park is easily one of the National Park Service's largest properties east of the Mississippi, so it is no wonder that many first-time visitors are overwhelmed.

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

  • Wouldn't it be great if roadwork could be done during the off-season months, say November through April? Sadly, the weather makes that difficult and so you'll have to tolerate traffic at a snail's pace at times if you head to Sequoia National Park this summer.

  • A surprise inspection of tour buses at Yosemite National Park the other day turned up a high number of buses with safety issues, and two were immediately taken out of service, according to park officials.

  • [i]Editor's note: This past Sunday's incident in Glacier National Park in which a trail runner was bitten by a grizzly bear was just the latest in which a runner came face-to-face with a grizzly bear. Michael Dunn's encounter in the backcountry of Grand Teton National Park was much more life-threatening. Indeed, he was lucky to survive. This story, which I wrote in September 1994 as Mr.

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

  • Multiple sources say the nomination of Jon Jarvis as the next director of the National Park Service will be announced in the very near future.

    The nomination of Mr. Jarvis, currently head of the agency's Pacific West regional office, has cleared the White House and only the delicacy of political timing remains before it is publicly announced, the Traveler has learned.