Odds and Ends From Visitor Surveys at National Parks: You'd Be Surprised At Some of the Answers

Pay attention, national park managers and staff. If there's nothing else you do well, be sure to keep the restrooms clean and stocked.

Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park Buys 20 Acres for The Park

All it took to expand Great Smoky Mountains National Park by 20 acres was a little more than three-quarters of a million dollars.

Fall Spectacular: Fall Colors Delight Motorists on National Park Roads -- Part I, Eastern States

Many national park scenic drives offer fall colors as a seasonal bonus. Here are some picks and tips for following the crowd or taking the road less traveled in the eastern states.

Fall Spectacular: What's That Sound? Where To Listen To -- And Look For -- Wildlife in the National Parks

In the fall, animals and birds prepare for winter. Bears eat constantly to fatten up before they slow down. Many birds are already on their migration path. Elk and other ungulates are preparing for the mating ritual, the rut. Take a look -- or stop and listen -- in many national parks this Fall and you'll catch a glimpse of this autumnal spectacular.

Fall Spectacular: Elk Once Again Bugle In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A male elk ambles through the field checking his harem. He sidles up to each cow and sniffs her rump. Raising his massive rack of antlers, he sees two young bucks, chases them out of the field, and resumes his inspection. He lifts his face to the sky and bugles – a loud, mournful sound that resounds throughout the area. Bugling tells females he’s here and warns other males to stay away.

Road Work Will Close Clingmans Dome Road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Mid-September

There will be a one-week closure of the Clingmans Dome Road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park later this month so crews can finish paving and striping the road.

Water Safety for Hikers Featured in New Podcast from the Great Smoky Mountains Association

A podcast about water safety might sound like a project from a park located on the beach rather than in the mountains, but there are good reasons for a new free video offered by the Great Smoky Mountains Association. Here's where you can view "Water Safety and Day Hiking"—and why everyone who enjoys the out-of-doors should see it.

Donate To a Good Cause And You Could Wind Up with a Log Cabin Near Great Smoky Mountains National Park

For a $100 donation you could help a good cause and possibly find yourself with the keys to a log cabin near Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

National Geographic's Trails Illustrated Division Ships New Maps on Great Smoky, Voyageurs National Parks

Maps are wonderful things to have, even if you do no more with them than pull them out, ponder over them for a while, and then return them to safe storage. New releases from National Geographic's Trails Illustrated division give you more reason to dream about exploring the National Park System.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Ready to Remove "Experimental" Tag From Elk Herd

After nine years of nurturing an elk herd, biologists at Great Smoky Mountains National Park believe they can remove the "experiemental" tag from the herd and develop a long-term management program for it.