The dismantling of dams along the Elwha River in, and just outside, Olympic National Park has been described as the largest dam removal project in U.S. history. Trying to follow the story from afar is difficult, at best, which makes Elwha, A River Reborn, a good book to read.
NPT Reviews of Books and other Material
A collection of book reviews to help you pick the perfect read for your national park escape
Hiking and Traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway by Leonard M. Adkins is the "go-to" book on every hike on the Parkway. From a few steps off the pavement to strenuous hikes, Mr. Adkins details every place you can walk. There is lots of invaluable information in the appendices, as well.
Young children can get a little stir crazy riding in cars or planes for long distances en route to a national park vacation. That's where books -- yes, books! -- come in. And with My Nature Book: A Journal and Activity Book for Kids in hand, your kids can prepare for their vacation while heading there, and then document it in the same book.
How many times have you found yourself in a national park gazing at an animal track, a tree, or perhaps just an insect, and wondered what exactly you were looking at? Well, if your plans are taking you to Yellowstone or Grand Teton national parks, you might want to pick up a copy of A Field Guide To Yellowstone And Grand Teton National Parks.
The Mountains-To-Sea Trail Across North Carolina, Walking A Thousand Miles Through Wildness, Culture And History
Not many new hiking trails arrive these years, so when a new one does surface, it's great to have a guide to help you plan a walk along it. What Danny Bernstein has done with The Mountains-to-Sea Trail Across North Carolina, is produce not a how-to book, but rather a why-to book.
On the Desert's Edge is a book for all those who cherish wild places. It is a collection of anecdotal essays, poetry and photos by Dale Pate and Ron Kerbo, present and former National Park Service cave specialists who have 36 years of combined experience living, working, and exploring in and around Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains National Parks.
Marjane Ambler's new book, Yellowstone Has Teeth, may be the tale of life behind the derring-do that hits home for readers not familiar with what the people in parks do, or why.
The Warbler Guide is 560 pages of identification tools that exceed anything on the market I have encountered for any other group of birds.
The features of today's cameras, coupled with the size of some national parks, can make photographing the parks on your vacation a daunting task. But when it comes to Big Bend National Park, Kathy Adams Clark has a book you should read.
Living in isolation offers perhaps the best opportunity for mind control. Of course, it also takes a strong personality to wield such control over those around you. Robert “Bobby” Hale had such a strong personality, and he found the seclusion he needed to control and manipulate his growing family in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in Alaska.
Called Again is the story of how Jennifer Pharr Davis broke the speed record on the Appalachian Trail. It's an honest book and good read of love and triumph.
By just about any measure, Capitol Reef National Park in south-central Utah is a sleeper. It falls in the shadow, largely, of the state's four other national parks. And for most people, a visit to the Fruita orchards, campground, and visitor center is the long and short of their experience with Capitol Reef.
In Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods, Christine Byl recalls long days of working on trails in Glacier and Denali national parks. She clears brush, digging ditches, building bridges, cleaning up after forest fires, and blasting snow. An inside look on what it takes to make trails accessible to hikers.
Dick Griffith might not be the last great American adventurer, but if such a tally is ever made he certainly deserves a place in the top two or three. For more than six decades, Mr. Griffith has been exploring wild and rugged corners of the world, and on the cusp of 86 he's still not finished.
If you, too, have paused before an faded and worn map of Yellowstone and wondered the same, then Yellowstone, Land Of Wonders: Promenade in North America's National Park is for you. But not only does this travelogue carry you back to the Yellowstone of 1883, but it's cast through the eyes of a Belgian writer who spent 10 days in the park that summer.