Shenandoah National Park

Grassroots Environmental Organization Raises Cry For Better National Park Funding

An environmental organization with chapters in a handful of Eastern states has launched a campaign to get the public to lobby Congress for better funding for national parks.

Shenandoah National Park Trust Has Ambitious Plans For 2014

A new year often brings a new set of goals for many, and the Shenandoah National Park Trust is no exception.

Shenandoah National Park's Byrd Visitor Center To Be Open Weekends This Winter

Good news for travelers to Shenandoah National Park this winter: The Harry F. Byrd Sr. Visitor Center at Big Meadows will be open weekends, weather allowing, of course.

Nature Could Have A Solution For Emerald Ash Borer Problem In National Parks

Nature might be able to provide a partial solution, at least, to emerald ash borer problems in national parks such as Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains as well as Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. It turns out that woodpeckers and nuthatches, which are present in those parks, are developing an appetite for the non-native insects.

Around The Parks: Give Back Shenandoah, Point Reyes NS Elk, Rocky Mountain NP Visitation Plunges

A Virginia politician wants the state to take back Shenandoah National Park, ranchers say there are too many elk at Point Reyes National Seashore, and plunging visitation at Rocky Mountain National Park is costly.

Portions Of Skyline Drive Through Shenandoah National Park To Close Nightly During Hunting Season

With hunting season in Virginia arriving soon, Shenandoah National Park officials have announced that portions of Skyline Drive through the park will be close nightly, beginning on Monday.

NPCA: Reopen The National Parks, Then Fund Them Properly

Once the partial government shutdown ends -- and it will -- and the National Park System is back in business, advocates want to see Congress properly fund the National Park Service.

Traveler's View: The Arrogance Of Congress

The arrogance of Congress is withering and shameful.

Update 3: Closed For Business: America's National Parks

Once-in-a-lifetime trips to majestic places such as the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone crumbled Tuesday as Congress's failure to avert a shutdown of the federal government interrupted countless vacation plans as closure gates came down across the National Park System.

Just How Big Is Wrangell-St. Elias National Park? Take A Look

Just how big is Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve? To give you an idea, check out the accompanying map. It shows how Wrangell-St. Elias would swallow a number of parks you might have considered to be large themselves.

With Debt Ceiling Approaching, How Will National Park Service React To Congressional Gridlock?

With the clock, and the calendar, ticking closer to congressional gridlock over the country's debt ceiling, how might the National Park Service react if October 1 arrives without an increase in the ceiling?

Elite National Park Service Helicopter Unit Marks Forty Years Of Service

News of a dramatic rescue via helicopter in a national park often involves locations like Yosemite or Grand Teton National Parks, but there's also an elite National Park Service helicopter rescue team based in the East. This year marks 40 years of service by the United States Park Police (USPP) Aviation Unit, and the group has been involved in some unusual and high-profile incidents

Emerald Ash Borer Turns Up In Shenandoah National Park

The arrival of the emerald ash borer into Shenandoah National Park heightens the concern over what this invasive insect might do to the park's forests, and reinforces why the park asks that you not bring firewood into the park.

Shenandoah National Park's Wilderness Weekend Coming In September

Though located in one of the most urban areas of the country, Shenandoah National Park has an impressive amount of officially designated wilderness. And on September 14 and 15 the park will be celebrating that wilderness with its 13th annual Wilderness Weekend.

Fall In The National Parks: A Perfect Season For Catching The Wild Side Of The Park System

Wonderment and joy unfold in the national parks come fall when the wild kingdom becomes more visible, literally voicing the call of the wild in parks such as Great Smoky Mountains or Rocky Mountain or winging overhead in any number of parks.

Fall In The National Parks: A Kaleidoscope Of National Park Leaf-Peeping Drives

There is a magical quality to fall visits to Shenandoah National Park as mile after mile of trees blazing with vivid reds, oranges, and yellows come into view along Skyline Drive. In Rocky Mountain National Park, the aspen groves you see along the lower reaches of Trail Ridge Road turn so vividly gold in the fall that they take your breath away.

No New Entrance Coming To Shenandoah National Park

There will be no new entranceway to Shenandoah National Park in the near future, as Superintendent Jim Northup has denied a request to allow one via the Rapidan Road.

Body Of Man Missing In Shenandoah National Park Found

The body of a man missing in Shenandoah National Park since last weekend has been found, although a cause of death has not yet been determined.

Search Under Way For Missing Man In Shenandoah National Park

A search was under way Wednesday for a Virginia man who failed to return from a weekend trip to Shenandoah National Park.

Take A Hike In Shenandoah National Park For National Trails Day

National Trails Day arrives on June 1, and you can celebrate it at Shenandoah National Park that day by taking a hike.

Searching For Wildflowers In The National Parks Of The Southern And Middle Appalachians

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This is the time for wildflowers in the Appalachians. Where can you see them? Wildflower weekends are being hosted by many parks in the next few weeks. Going with an expert is the best way to learn about wildflowers.

Shenandoah National Park Facilities To Open For Spring

With the arrival of spring in the Appalachians facilities in Shenandoah National Park will soon be open for visitors to take a break from their ride along Skyline Drive.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park's Backcountry Fee Draws Lawsuit

What authority does the National Park Service have to charge access fees in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and, presumably, other national parks? That question is the focus of a lawsuit filed in a bid to overturn the Smokies' move to charge backcountry users.

Traveler's Gear Box: Tubbs Wilderness Snowshoes

It must be tough to be a snowshoe manufacturer. Since most recreational shoes moved away from wooden frames to aluminum ones, their lifespan went up incredibly. But that doesn't mean it might not be time for you to upgrade to one of the latest models.

Let The Traveler Promote Your National Park Organization

Let the Traveler help promote your national park organization. Send us a decal of your logo and we'll add it to our rocket box atop our Subaru Outback.

Shenandoah National Park Developing Vision For Loft Mountain Wayside

How best can the Loft Mountain Wayside in Shenandoah National Park serve park visitors? That's the question park staff are working on with help from the Shenandoah National Park Trust.

A Year In The Parks: From Arches National Park To Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Living in the Rocky Mountains is a great asset when it comes to visiting national parks, for there are so many in just about any direction you head. The past year took me north and south through the region to a diverse collection parks, and I also ventured to Virginia to explore the National Park System.

Trails We Hiked in 2012 That We Think You'll Like

Few national park visits are complete without a hike of some distance and duration. We made the following hikes in the parks the past year, and think you'll find them interesting possibilities for 2013.

National Park Lodging: Who's Taking Care Of These Buildings? Part II

While many national park lodges are on the National Register of Historic Places, not all lodges reflect the preservation and well-maintained appearance you might expect for such properties. In this, the second of our two-part series, the Traveler looks at why some properties are not as well-maintained as you might expect.

National Park Lodging: Who's Taking Care Of These Buildings? Part I

While many national park lodges are on the National Register of Historic Places, not all lodges reflect the preservation and well-maintained appearance you might expect for such properties. In a two-part series, the Traveler looks at the highs and lows of upkeep in the National Park System.
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