An aggressive black bear has led Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials to close the Mount Le Conte backcountry shelter and trails to the Cliff Tops area.
Located roughly mid-way between New York City and Philadelphia, the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is a verdant, mountainous oasis cut by a cooling river that attracts millions every year, with most coming during the summer months to relax and gain a bit of respite from the region's notorious humidity. Those millions, though, can be oppressive when squeezed too closely together.
Barring unforeseen circumstances, a two-year project to restore the trail to Alum Cave at Great Smoky Mountains National Park begins today.
The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is scheduled to open at noon today. The road has been closed since November 1st, so that crews could replace eight bridges.
Skim down through the list of centennial projects that will help paint buildings, repair trails, restore fisheries, help giant sequoias thrive, involve youth in the parks, and you have to give thanks to park friends groups. Corporate America? Not so much.
If you've always wanted to see fireflies flash in sync, plan to visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park in early June.
On a day set aside to celebrate the Earth and the environmental movement, the Interior Department and National Park Service gave us dollars and cents.
Top Interior Department and National Park Service officials used Earth Day to promote the National Park System as an economic engine with an annual output of $30 billion and which serves as a carbon sink with an additional value of nearly $600 million.
In the late 1700s when Daniel Boone came through the Cumberland Gap and into the land that would eventually become the state of Kentucky, black bears were common and brought the respect of settlers coming through. Today at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park staff is working to see that today's visitors to this landscape continue to respect the bears.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park will hold its 11th annual “Music of the Mountains” celebration April 17-19 with a mix of music that harkens to the "Old-Time" music that long has reverberated through the mountains.