Shenandoah National Park

Blind Hiker Plans to Hike The Entire Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Hundreds of hikers set out along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail from Springer Mountain, Georgia, come springtime with sights set on reaching Mount Kathadin in Maine before summer expires. But how many are blind?

Reader Participation Day: Where Are the Best Waterfalls In the National Park System?

Waterfall Ohe o Gorge, Haleakala National Park, copyright Q.T. Luong
Two of the most incredible waterfalls in the National Park System can be found in Yellowstone National Park. But it certainly doesn't have a monopoly on waterworks. Olympic National Park boasts the beautifully secluded Marymere Falls, Glacier National Park the towering Bird Woman Falls, and Great Smoky Mountain National Park the comparatively small but gorgeous-just-the-same Abrams Falls. What other waterfalls in the park system deserve to be singled out for their beauty?

Ban On Outside Firewood Brought Into Shenandoah National Park Starts March 1

If you're planning a trip to Shenandoah National Park, be aware that as of March 1 you won't be able to bring firewood into the park. The ban is an effort to stop the spread of a nasty beetle that could greatly impact the park's ash trees.

A Look at Some More Somewhat Unusual Lodges in the National Park System

If you're looking for a national park lodge that isn't on everybody's tongue, you might want to consider one of the following.

Dining At The Parks: Chicken Riesling From Shenandoah National Park's Big Meadows Lodge

Frequent visitors to the Big Meadows Lodge or Skyland Resort in Shenandoah National Park no doubt are familiar with Executive Chef Peter Bizon's chicken riesling dish. For those who want to try it at home, here's the recipe.

What "Off-Season"? Recent Rescues Keep Rangers Busy at Shenandoah National Park

Dark Hollow Falls in winter, Shenandoah National Park.
Park visitors occasionally ask rangers, "What do you find to do during the off-season?" There's rarely a shortage of work any time of the year, and a recent series of incidents at Shenandoah National Park offers a reminder that the term "off-season" is often a misnomer.

Deadly Weather Buffets Great Smoky Mountains, Shenandoah National Parks

Powerful winds and heavy rains descended on the Appalachians on Sunday and lingered into Monday, downing trees, flooding roads, and resulting in a death in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Winter Storm Closes Shenandoah’s Skyline Drive and Some Sections of Blue Ridge Parkway

A major winter storm has created hazardous driving conditions in the three major Appalachian parks. All of Skyline Drive and some sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway have been closed. Great Smoky's Newfound Gap Road is subject to closures at night due to ice.

2009 in Review: National Park Brain Teasers

During 2009, Traveler posted 67 national park-themed quizzes, mystery photos, mystery spots, and mystery plants. They’re all listed here, complete with links.

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.
To those who love mushrooms, what could be finer than sauteing up a mess of freshly collected 'shrooms to go along with your freeze-dried dinner or the trout you hooked in the backcountry of a national park? A teaspoon of garlic, a dash of salt, and a couple cranks of the pepper mill and you'll have a wonderful complement to your meal. Unless, of course, you picked the wrong mushroom, in which case this could be your last meal.

Lodging in the Parks: Sleeping Along the Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park

Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park is best known for Skyline Drive, the picturesque 105-mile-long road that winds the length of the park along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Dotting that road are some charming lodgings that make great spots to spend the night.

Teach Your Kids to Enjoy Hiking With Shenandoah National Park's Family Hiking Program

Hiking is an easy and enjoyable activity that can quickly turn into a lifelong passion. And while it's as easy as setting one foot in front of another on a path through the woods, sometimes the fleeting attention spans of kids can make that difficult. That's where the rangers of Shenandoah National Park come in.

Shenandoah National Park Offers Family Camping Program

While August traditionally is the worst month to be in Washington, D.C., due to the high humidity, Shenandoah National Park officials hope to entice a few families into the mountains in late June: They're offering a family camping program.

Take a Hike In Shenandoah National Park to Celebrate National Trails Day

National Trails Day falls on Saturday, June 6, and the folks at Shenandoah National Park have plenty of ways for you to celebrate.

Don't Take National Park Landscapes for Granted

How comfortable have we become with national park settings? With the big sweep of granite that frames the Yosemite Valley, with Old Faithful's not-quite-so-faithful demonstrations of steam and hot water, with the fall's colorful deciduous forests of Great Smoky and Shenandoah?

Spring Openings on Tap for Shenandoah National Park

Winter's worst apparently is behind in the mid-Atlantic states, as Shenandoah National Park is beginning to open its facilities for the spring. In fact, the Big Meadows Campground opens Friday.

Spring Blooms Not Too Far Away in Shenandoah, Blue Ridge Parkway, And Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Sunflowers, violets, trillium and other wildflowers are just around the proverbial corner in the Appalachian Mountains. You can spot these and dozens of others in Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains national parks, as well as along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

National Park Quiz 45: Green

St. Patrick’s Day is less than a week away, so this week’s quiz will see if you’re ready to start thinking green. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you write on the whiteboard 100 times: “The shamrock of Irish legend is a three-leaf clover symbolizing the Holy Trinity.”

Book An Early Season Trip to Shenandoah National Park and Save on Lodging

Shenandoah National Park in late spring and early summer can be a glorious place, with wildflowers popping up in the meadows, songbirds returning to the mountainous setting, streams running full, and warm breezes.

It's Not Too Early To Start Planning This Summer's National Park Vacation

Sure, the calendar says January, there's a lot of snow out there across the country, and you haven't even thought about filing your income taxes. But it's still not too early to begin planning your national park vacation for this summer.
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