Amid all the hoopla, celebration, and excitement surrounding the National Park Service's 100th birthday this year, one fact is inescapable: Lodging in the parks this summer will be hard to find. But...it won't be impossible to find.
Shenandoah National Park
Firefighters from as far away as New Mexico were heading to Shenandoan National Park in Virginia on Monday to help battle a backcountry fire that led to the temporary closure of a short stretch of Skyline Drive as well as a portion of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.
A wildfire possibly started by a backcountry traveler spread Sunday to roughly 500 acres at Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, leading officials to close sections of both Skyline Drive and the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.
I’ve written a few times about the national parks I consider the best for birding, but several readers have asked which would be the best to visit to maximize the diversity of birds seen. When we talk about number of different birds seen, I always think about a big year. During a big year, a birder tries to see as many birds as possible in one calendar year within a certain geographic range, or under certain conditions.
In a continuing series of videos on Shenandoah National Park, this episode looks at the park as a place to play. "As our world speeds up, you can always find refuge here in Shenandoah National Park," says the National Park Service. "We live in such a fast-paced world that we can forget to play, but don't worry. You can come unwind here. From the very inception of Shenandoah, it has been a place for people to play and become rejuvenated in the natural world."
To highlight the wonders and resources to be found at Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, the National Park Service has created a series of short videos. This, the first in that series, introduces viewers to the nation's national parks in general, as well as Shenandoah, A Park Among Parks.
Weary roads and bridges, visitor center needs, and trail maintenance are among the items behind the $90 million in deferred maintenance at Shenandoah National Park.
As Winter Storm Jonas delivered a pounding to the Northeast on Saturday, national park units in the mid-Atlantic region were shuttered and some planned to remain closed through Sunday.
Planning to hike the entire Appalachian National Scenic Trail this year? Then you might consider a flip-flop, or going against the tide of hikers coming north from Springer Mountain in Georgia.
Today's the day, folks. The last day of 2015, and the last day you can make a donation to the national park friends organization of your choice and claim a tax deduction if the group is a non-profit.