Cades Cove Loop In Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Be Closed for Bug Spraying

The 11-mile-long Loop Road through Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is scheduled to be closed Wednesday and part of Thursday for bug spraying operations, according to park officials.

National Park Mystery Plant 14 Revealed: It's the Devil's Walking Stick

The Aralia spinosa acquired its devilish name for good reason

Reader Participation Day: What is the Greatest Threat To Our National Parks?

It seems not a week goes by without some dire issue being identified as a threat to the national parks. One week it might be funding woes, another week pollution, another diversity concerns, and then, of course, there's climate change.

These Worms Can Jump -- And They're Unwelcome Pests At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A worm with a lot of body English might be good for fishing, but when it's an uninvited pest introduced to the forest duff of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, well, it's just bad news.

National Park Service Establishing Protocols For Dealing With White-Nose Syndrome in Bat Populations

It looks somewhat like a dusting of confectioner's sugar, but the white coating that is showing up on more and more noses and wings of bats is the signature of a dire fungal disease that threatens to decimate bat colonies across the country.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Plans To Burn Fields in Cades Cove This Week

If you're planning a drive through Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountains National Park this week, you might want to postpone it, as park crews are planning to burn about 700 acres of fields in the cove.

Add Cataloochee Campground in Great Smoky Mountains National Park To List of Reservation Sites

The cost of camping at Cataloochee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is going up next year, but you'll also be able to reserve a spot, rather than risk being the odd one out under the previous first-come, first-served approach.

National Park Quiz 88: Potpourri V

We haven't had a grab bag quiz for quite a while, so let's go with a potpourri and see what shakes out.

Reader Participation Day: Do You Love Fall Colors, or Spring Blooms?

During my recent hike in Shenandoah National Park along the Appalachian Trail, I came upon a tight crook in the trail that carried Ivy Creek downhill amid a flurry of gold, red, orange and yellow leaves of fall. There can be no more spectacular setting that the hardwood forests of the East. Unless it's set ablaze by the pastel daubs of spring wildflowers in places such as Glacier, Saquaro or Canyonlands national parks.

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.