Some Out of the Ordinary National Park Trips To Consider

For most, a national park vacation entails booking a room in a lodge or reserving a spot in a campground, arriving at the park and checking in, and then spending a number of days hiking, paddling, or traveling the park to view various sites, whether they focus on waterfalls, geysers, deep forests, museums, or cultural focal points. Here are some alternatives to that approach, some pricey, some not so.

National Park Mystery Plant: 4: This “Tree from Hell” Smells Like Rancid Peanut Butter

This tree is an Asian import that grows fast, spreads fast, damages ecosystems and crop land, and is very tough to eradicate. It stinks, too.

Shenandoah National Park Set to Ban Visitors From Bringing Their Own Firewood Into Park

In a bid to stop the spread of a beetle that could devastate Shenandoah National Park's ash trees, park officials are instituting a ban against firewood brought into the park by campers.

Nighttime Closures of Skyline Drive Through Shenandoah National Park Planned to Thwart Poachers

In a bid to thwart poachers in Shenandoah National Park this hunting season, park officials will be closing sections of the Skyline Drive at night.

Lodging Deals From Coast to Coast in the National Parks

Whether you can thank the hoopla around National Parks: America's Best Idea, or attribute it to the weak economy, there are a number of lodging deals available to be had around the National Park System.

Mention Officially Designated Wilderness, and How Many Folks Think of Shenandoah National Park?

When talk turns to officially designated wilderness, how much of the conversation swings on eastern parks such as Shenandoah National Park?

Wildlife on the Move: Migrations in the National Parks

As the weather cools and available daylight decreases, many wild animals become restless. They know winter is on the way and they could face months of freezing temperatures and food shortages.

Luring Kids into the National Parks With Scavenger "Hikes"

Leading kids into national parks has gotten a little bit easier, thanks to the creative genius of Kat and John LaFevre. This couple has come up with a creative hiking guide for youngsters that encourages them to go down the trail in search of items perfect for a scavenger hunt.

National Park Quiz 68: Fishing

Take this quiz and see if you are piscatorially competent. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we'll make you tell us where the fish are biting.

Climate Change and National Parks: A Survival Guide for a Warming World -- Northern Flying Squirrel and other Threatened Mammals

The climate is not static. Ice ages come and go, pushing rivers of ice south and then pulling them back north across continents as temperatures and snowfalls rise and fall. Animal and plant species either stay ahead of these icy incursions and adapt, or perish.