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2021-02-25 16:21
With great sadness, I am announcing that this will be my last post on this blog. Yesterday I finalized the sale of this blog and my website,, to the owners of SmokyMoun… Read More
2021-02-20 12:00
Are you planning to visit Glacier National Park this summer - or anytime down the road? I wanted to let you know about an eBook we published last year that provides hikers with access to det… Read More
2021-02-11 12:00
Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that the Cades Cove Loop Road will be fully closed for three weeks in September to resurface the popular roadway which is used by more… Read More
2020-12-30 12:00
Camping in the last two months reached historic highs in Tennessee State Parks. The parks saw 62,124 nights camping in October, a one-month record for camping stays in the system, topping t… Read More
2020-12-15 12:00
Christmas is just over a week away! The good news is that you still have time to purchase stocking stuffers for all your favorite hikers. If you need a gift idea, both the paperback and E-bo… Read More
2020-12-12 12:00
With over 400 miles of trails, Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area is seeking volunteers to assist in keeping them in great shape. If you enjoy the outdoors, and spending tim… Read More
2020-12-07 12:00
This was posted on the North Carolina state parks website this past week: All North Carolina state parks are closed on Christmas Day, December 25. Parks are open every other day of the hol… Read More
2020-11-28 12:00
At 1:40 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24, Great Smoky Mountains National Park rangers responded to a Chimney Tops overlook along Newfound Gap Road after receiving a report that a man fell approx… Read More
2020-11-19 12:00
Shenandoah National Park continues to experience an increase in emergency calls, prompting park officials to remind visitors of the need to plan their hiking trips and be prepared. This is e… Read More
2020-11-17 12:00
Christmas is only a few weeks away. So now is a great time to begin thinking about stocking stuffers for all your favorite hikers. With that in mind, I wanted to let you know that both the p… Read More
Earthquake In The Smokies
2020-11-13 00:42
The Great Smoky Mountains reported that an earthquake took place in the park yesterday. Here's the post from their Facebook page: Park officials confirmed the detection by the United State… Read More
Red River Gorge Public Meeting Nov. 10
2020-11-02 17:55
The Daniel Boone National Forest has begun a public planning process that will help shape the future of the Red River Gorge. Changes that have occurred in the area since the last public plan… Read More Adds Two New Hikes
2020-10-20 17:44
As mentioned a few weeks ago, my wife and I visited Grand Teton National Park last month. As a result of that trip we were able to add two new hikes to our website, Th… Read More
2020-10-13 11:00
A few weeks ago I saw a post on Twitter about an "air ambulance jet suit" being tested in the Lake District of northern England. If this invention is proven to be viable, it could mean that… Read More
Driving Through The Thick Of It
2020-09-29 11:00
This isn't a storm: From a far-off distance my wife and I both thought we were approaching another storm as we traveled across southeastern Wyoming this past Saturday. Earlier that mornin… Read More
How Wolves Change Rivers
2020-09-24 11:00
Although this short video is a little dated (from 2014), it still highlights an important lesson that continues to be valid today. The video discusses how the introduction of wolves in Yello… Read More
2020-08-18 20:54
Great Smoky Mountains National Park reported today the death of a cyclist in Cades Cove. The cyclist, 60-year old Harold D. Pardue from Elkin, NC suffered severe head trauma and was unconsci… Read More
Single-Lane Closures On The Spur
2020-08-16 11:00
The Great Smoky Mountains announced that there will be single-lane closures in effect from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, each week (the park did not specify when this s… Read More
Weekend Camping In Linville Gorge
2020-08-12 23:11
Permits are now required to camp in the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area on Friday and Saturday nights and holidays through the end of October. To reserve a permit, backpackers must call the G… Read More
2020-07-28 19:27
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park cited an interesting stat in a Facebook post earlier today with regards to Search and Rescues (SARs) within the park. Here's the post: Know your… Read More
A.T. Volunteers Return To The Trail
2020-06-30 11:00
Appalachian Trail (A.T.) volunteers have been given the green light to resume Trail maintenance following guidelines offered by the National Park Service and the Appalachian Trail Conservanc… Read More
2020-06-16 22:21
Diana Graves, age 67, of Chesterfield, VA, was hiking with her family when she experienced a cardiac event approximately 0.5 mile from the trailhead. Bystanders immediately performed CPR unt… Read More
Brewpub Seeks
2020-06-02 14:18
Hard to believe, but this is no joke! In fact, this just might be dream come true for one lucky, beer-loving hiker! The Devils Backbone Brewing Company is currently accepting applications fo… Read More
National Trails Day® 2020 Goes Virtual
2020-06-01 11:00
Each year people all across the country unite on the first Saturday of June to celebrate American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day®. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, events won&rs&hell…Read More
2020-05-21 11:00
Michael Barker, age 59 from Seymour, TN, was riding his bicycle approximately 5 miles east of Walland when he suffered a cardiac arrest. Emergency responders and medically trained bystanders… Read More
N.C. State Parks Begin Phased Reopening
2020-05-11 17:46
Following guidance from the Governor’s office and the Department of Health and Human Services, North Carolina’s state parks will increase recreational access and services beginni… Read More

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