With an eye on the prize, this year's crop of would-be Appalachian Trail thru-hikers are getting ready to hit the trail. With that in mind, here are some stats, courtesy of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, to help them stay focused.
Submitted by NPT Staff on February 7, 2012 - 2:58am
With nearly 400 units of the National Park System, one probably is close enough for you to visit in a day. But how should you organize those visits? Karen Beck-Herzog, the management assistant at Shenandoah National Park, put together the following primer for exploring her park.
Might there be a new concessions company running the lodgings and retail outlets at Shenandoah National Park? Stay tuned, as the Park Service recently released a prospectus soliciting proposals for a 10-year concession contract for the park.
Submitted by NPT Staff on January 10, 2012 - 2:57am
Shenandoah National Park displays so many different moods throughout the year, that it's hard to capture them all. A photographic exhibition that opens Thursday in Orange, Virginia, promises to display many of the park's moods.
When the snow closure signs go up on portions of the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, and the Great Smoky Mountains, cross country skiers and snowshoers are often seen striding and stomping into a winter wonderland.
America is abundantly rich in the "natural assets" found within the National Park System, but inadequate funding by Congress is threatening the core health of that system, according to the National Parks Conservation Association.