111th Congress Did Well When it Comes to National Park Wilderness, But It Could Have Done Better

A review of how Congress acted on wilderness legislation shows that the National Park System benefited quite nicely during the 111th session, but it could have fared better.

Looking Back On 2010 Across the National Park System

What were the top stories across the National Park System in 2010? There were more than a few, ranging from the tragic loss of three Katmai National Park and Preserve employees to a small-plane crash to the ongoing controversy over whether birds, turtles and off-road vehicles can co-exist at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Let's take a look back through the year at some of the stories.

A Year's Worth of Trails to Hike in the National Parks

Hiking trails are one of the best ways to enjoy national parks. They lead you out into nature, get you some exercise, and quite often showcase some gorgeous vistas. Here's a look back at some of the great trails we've mentioned on the Traveler during the past 12 months.

Books We've Read, And Liked, in 2010

There were quite a few books relating to national parks that arrived in 2010, and while we didn't get to read them all, the ones we did we liked. Here's a look back at our Fireside Reads from the year.

Jennifer Pharr Davis Discusses Speed Hiking, Long-Distance Hiking, And Youth in the Outdoors

For some, hiking can be addicting. For Jennifer Pharr Davis, it became both an avocation and her vocation.

Holiday Homecoming At Oconaluftee In Great Smoky Mountains National Park Set for December 18

An old-time mountain Holiday Homecoming will be held December 18 at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center and the Mountain Farm Museum in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, complete with hot cider and cornshuck dolls.

Counting Birds in National Parks This Holiday Season

'Tis is the season for counting birds as the 111th annual Christmas Bird Count rolls out across the country, and more than a few national parks are welcoming you to count birds.

Foothills Parkway Construction Continues in Great Smoky Mountains National Park With "Missing Link"

A nearly $34 million contract has been awarded for continued work on the so-called "Missing Link" of the Foothills Parkway in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Welcome Friends of the Smokies To the Traveler's List of Sponsors!

We'd like to welcome Friends of the Smokies to the Traveler's list of sponsors and invite you to check out this organization that makes so many possibilities turn into realities at Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Grant Helps Great Smoky Mountains National Park Add to Its Fleet of Hybrid Vehicles

A handful of shiny, new hybrid Ford Escapes will soon be tooling about the North Carolina side of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, thanks to a grant from the North Carolina Department of Transportation.