Updated: Phone App Reviews: Chimani's Acadia and Nomad's Great Smoky Mountains

The number of national park phone applications recently grew by two, with Chimani's Acadia National Park and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park guide(s) recently sent to market by Nomad Mobile Guides. We recently test drove both. Here's what we found.

With A Growing Number of National Park Phone Apps, What Should You Expect?

Like it or not, we are indeed becoming a society tethered to our electronics. If anyone doubts that this is the "information age," know that recent surveys estimate that nearly 40 percent of the U.S. population carries a smart phone in their pocket or purse.
Dream Hikes Coast to Coast: Your Guide to America In Dream Hikes Coast to Coast author Jack Bennett has done something more than a few folks would like to do: Head out on some great hikes, and then write about them. In assembling his hiking list, he took an approach that is both laudable...and disappointing.

Interpreting National Park Settings Is a Skill, Not Something You Wing

In National Park Service lingo, interpretation is the process of providing each visitor an opportunity to personally connect with a place. We interpret for the visitor informally when we talk to them in the visitor center or on the trail and formally when we give a program.

Got Time to Volunteer in Great Smoky Mountains National Park? Great Opening At Clingmans Dome

Do you have an encyclopedic knowledge of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and like to volunteer? If so, there's a great opening in the park at Clingmans Dome this summer.

Ever See Fireflies All Blink In Unison? It Happens at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

There are few places where you can see fireflies all flicker at the same time, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of them.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Roadwork Taking Longer Than Anticipated

It's taking a wee bit longer than expected to complete some road projects in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Reader Participation Day: Which Is Your Favorite National Park Gateway Town?

If you had to pick a gateway town to live in -- not because of its associated national park, but because of its atmosphere -- which would you choose?

By The Numbers: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

When you start looking at the numbers associated with Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the "national park" that boasts the greatest visitation year after year after year, it's easy to get numbed. From the millions of dollars this park receives, and generates in tourism, to the number of visitors each year, Great Smoky is an over-achiever.

National Trails Day is Right Around the Corner; Check out a National Park Trail

National Trails Day is just a couple weeks off, and with it comes time to savor, support, and celebrate the trails that wind not only through the National Park System, but throughout all public lands.