Roaming the gift shop in Yellowstone National Park in search of a book to fill any idle hours I might encounter after the sun went down, I spied a paperback edition of Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods, and figured that now, almost two decades after it came out, was as good a time as any to add his Appalachian Trail odyssey to my library. I wasn't disappointed.
The latest news from around the National Park System.
An unprecedented 40-year experiment in a 40,000-acre valley of Yosemite National Park strongly supports the idea that managing fire, rather than suppressing it, makes wilderness areas more resilient to fire, with the added benefit of increased water availability and resistance to drought.
Closing the Park Loop Road to private vehicles during peak season, a reservation system on Cadillac Mountain, and car quotas on Ocean Drive are among the ideas under consideration as Acadia National Park forms a transportation plan aimed at improving the visitor experience while preserving natural and cultural resources.
National Park Service Proposing To Let Nature Take Its Course With Breach At Fire Island National Seashore
Natural processes, specifically the ebb and flow of the Atlantic Ocean, should be allowed to continue at Fire Island National Seashore, where the National Park Service is willing to let a breach in the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dunes Wilderness open and close as the waves dictate.
Rooms in Mount Rainier National Park will be hard to come by during the next two summers, with safety upgrades at the Paradise Inn closing more than half of all the overnight lodging in the Washington park until 2019.
Hidden among the beautiful cliffs and beaches at Point Reyes National Seashore in California are fossilized links to the past, perhaps even undiscovered species of animals.
Hiking trails don't have to meander for miles over hill and dale to be worthwhile, and the Limberlost Trail in Shenandoah National is proof of that.
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Whichever nominee is next to call 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue home, they should have plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs readily at hand thanks to Michelle Obama, the National Park Service, and now the Burpee Foundation and the W. Atlee Burpee Company.
Bison will be celebrated as the nation's official mammal when Wind Cave National Park serves as the backdrop for speakers and entertainment celebrating the shaggy ungulate on November 1.
Newly released US Topo maps for Great Smoky Mountains National Park provide more detail on the park, displaying the locations of trails, campgrounds, visitor centers, boundaries and other visitor information for the national park.
Zion National Park Foundation is hosting 24 artists for a week of creativity and inspiration, November 7-13, as part of the eighth annual Zion National Park Plein Air Art Invitational. It is being billed as the "Centennial Edition," celebrating the influence of original art in the founding of the National Park Service one hundred years ago
With the season's first snowflakes having fallen in Utah, the staff at Bryce Canyon National Park is getting their park ready for winter.
The Statue of Liberty’s original torch, a welcoming beacon for immigrants and boats in New York Harbor for nearly a century, will be the highlight of a new $70 million museum that depicts the statue’s history, influence, and legacy in the world.
Starting this November, the historic Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center will undergo a rehabilitation project to preserve and restore its existing architecturally significant features and to rehabilitate its mechanical and electrical systems. A temporary visitor center will be available for visitors during the rehabilitation.
A search was continuing Thursday for an experienced, 74-year-old backpacker who failed to return on schedule from a trek through Kings Canyon National Park in California.
With Hispanic Heritage Month now behind us and as the National Park Service Centennial year comes to a close, the time for action is now. From the earliest Spanish explorers to contemporary leaders in civics, the arts and industry, our heritage is an essential part of the American story. Yet, only a few sites in the National Park System currently preserve and interpret such history and culture. Fortunately, there has been some progress in recognizing and protecting these important sites.
An annual hunt aimed at managing the population of elk in the Jackson Hole valley gets under way in Grand Teton National Park on Saturday and will continue into early December.
A secondary screening facility is being proposed for use at Statue of Liberty National Monument, where officials say it is needed to screen visitors and provide lockers for personal items not allowed in the Statue, such as backpacks, large purses, diaper bags, strollers, etc.
An anonymous donor is raising the stakes at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway with a matching challenge. Each donation designated for the former estate near Blowing Rock, North Carolina, will be matched dollar for dollar if the $300,000 goal is reached.