There are national park units long-accepted for their fall colors, and then there are the surprising destinations that brighten up the landscape. Here are a handful of them for your consideration.
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
First there was Utah's "Mighty Five" campaign to encourage you to visit all the national parks in the Beehive State. Now Kentucky is offering its "Parks Pentathlon" to nudge you to visit the state's five National Park System sites.
In the late 1700s when Daniel Boone came through the Cumberland Gap and into the land that would eventually become the state of Kentucky, black bears were common and brought the respect of settlers coming through. Today at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park staff is working to see that today's visitors to this landscape continue to respect the bears.
Cumberland Gap has been called the "first great gateway to the West," and on Saturday, September 27, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park will offer its popular "Within the Shadows of Cumberland Gap Heritage Walk." Here's your chance to "meet" characters from the colorful past of these historic mountains.
Some of the fascinating history of the region surrounding Cumberland Gap National Historical Park will unfold Saturday during the 3rd Annual Within the Shadows of Cumberland Gap Heritage Walk.
With springtime drawing near, another park is proposing an inrease in campground fees. At Cumberland Gap National Historical Park in Kentucky, a hike of not quite 15 percent in the fees charged at the Wilderness Road Campground is under consideration.
Kilroy? Not likely, as his graffiti rose to fame during World War II. Nevertheless, present-day graffiti artists are finding the Civil War cannons at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park in Kentucky irresistable for their scribblings.
Denali National Park and Preserve seems to be quite popular this August with congressional staffers, though a number of other parks also are destinations for politicians and their staff during the August recess.
John-Boy might not be there, but you'll still get a taste of Appalachian Christmas cheer with a visit to Cumberland Gap National Historical Park this coming Saturday.