"Upper Lot" At Ridge Trailhead on Old Rag in Shenandoah National Park To Be Permanently Closed

With the spring hiking season not far off, this news from Shenandoah National Park might not thrill everyone. They're permanently closing the "upper lot" parking area at the Ridge Trailhead for Old Rag Mountain.

Shenandoah National Park Soon to Open Facilities For Spring, Summer

Shenandoah National Park Superintendent Martha Bogle has announced that facilities closed during the winter season will begin opening later this month and will continue to open through the spring.

Blind Hiker Plans to Hike The Entire Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Hundreds of hikers set out along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail from Springer Mountain, Georgia, come springtime with sights set on reaching Mount Kathadin in Maine before summer expires. But how many are blind?

Reader Participation Day: Where Are the Best Waterfalls In the National Park System?

Waterfall Ohe o Gorge, Haleakala National Park, copyright Q.T. Luong
Two of the most incredible waterfalls in the National Park System can be found in Yellowstone National Park. But it certainly doesn't have a monopoly on waterworks. Olympic National Park boasts the beautifully secluded Marymere Falls, Glacier National Park the towering Bird Woman Falls, and Great Smoky Mountain National Park the comparatively small but gorgeous-just-the-same Abrams Falls. What other waterfalls in the park system deserve to be singled out for their beauty?

Ban On Outside Firewood Brought Into Shenandoah National Park Starts March 1

If you're planning a trip to Shenandoah National Park, be aware that as of March 1 you won't be able to bring firewood into the park. The ban is an effort to stop the spread of a nasty beetle that could greatly impact the park's ash trees.

A Look at Some More Somewhat Unusual Lodges in the National Park System

If you're looking for a national park lodge that isn't on everybody's tongue, you might want to consider one of the following.

Dining At The Parks: Chicken Riesling From Shenandoah National Park's Big Meadows Lodge

Frequent visitors to the Big Meadows Lodge or Skyland Resort in Shenandoah National Park no doubt are familiar with Executive Chef Peter Bizon's chicken riesling dish. For those who want to try it at home, here's the recipe.

What "Off-Season"? Recent Rescues Keep Rangers Busy at Shenandoah National Park

Dark Hollow Falls in winter, Shenandoah National Park.
Park visitors occasionally ask rangers, "What do you find to do during the off-season?" There's rarely a shortage of work any time of the year, and a recent series of incidents at Shenandoah National Park offers a reminder that the term "off-season" is often a misnomer.

Deadly Weather Buffets Great Smoky Mountains, Shenandoah National Parks

Powerful winds and heavy rains descended on the Appalachians on Sunday and lingered into Monday, downing trees, flooding roads, and resulting in a death in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Winter Storm Closes Shenandoah’s Skyline Drive and Some Sections of Blue Ridge Parkway

A major winter storm has created hazardous driving conditions in the three major Appalachian parks. All of Skyline Drive and some sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway have been closed. Great Smoky's Newfound Gap Road is subject to closures at night due to ice.