NPS 100

2016 marks 100 years since the establishment of the National Park Service. We’re celebrating America’s national parks by profiling some of the best NPS units within the Blue Ridge and beyond and the endless opportunity for outdoor adventure that they offer.

5 Best NPS Battlefields for Outdoor Recreation

By Laura Ingles | 15 Nov 17
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We’ve put together a list of some of the best battlefields and historical sites where you can also get your outdoor adventure on.

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An Insider’s Guide to Exploring the New River Gorge National River

By Katie Dunn | 13 Nov 17
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Heading to West Virginia’s New River Gorge this summer? Here are 5 sites you should know about before you go.

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10 Must-Do Hikes in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

By Annabell Plush | 26 Sep 17
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Within a day’s drive of 2/3 of the U.S. population lies 520,000 acres of some of the oldest mountains in the world.

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10 Stunning Viewpoints Along the Appalachian Trail

By Grace Brookshire | 20 Jul 17
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Searching for a good day hike? Check out the ten best viewpoints along the Appalachian Trail.

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Ten Spectacular Overnight Trips in Shenandoah National Park

By Gordon Knapp | 23 Apr 17
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Just 75 miles from Washington D.C. and less than 30 minutes from Charlottesville, Shenandoah National Park is ideal as a weekend getaway or as a spot to polish backcountry skills.

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House Bill Seeks to Weaken Drilling Restrictions in Certain National Parks

By Travis Hall | 01 Feb 17
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H.J. Res. 46 would lift crucial drilling restrictions in more than 40 national parks across the country.

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Birthday Beers

By Graham Averill | 16 Sep 16
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Sixteen different breweries created tribute beers for the Parkway, many naming their beers after their favorite spots along the long road, others using ingredients sourced from the Parkway’s open space.

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A National Park Traveler Comes Home

By Darius Nabors | 23 Aug 16
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Darius Nabors, who is on a quest to visit all 59 U.S. National Parks in celebration if 100th anniversary of NPS, gives us his latest update from the road.

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Celebrating the National Parks: The Parks Less Travelled

By Jess Daddio | 22 Aug 16
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Shenandoah, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and the Blue Ridge Parkway are three of the country’s most popular national parks, with a combined total of more than 30 million visitors annually. But there are over 50 other national park units across the South.

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Blue Ridge Parkway to Receive $3.1 Million Land Grant

By Travis Hall | 17 Aug 16
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The Blue Ridge Parkway is set to expand by 1,654 acres near the Plott Balsam Mountains of Jackson County, North Carolina.

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The Hard Truth about Horses

By Carol Ruckdeschel | 09 Aug 16
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The beloved horses of Cumberland Island are starving and suffering. Using contraception to humanely reduce their numbers is the best long-term solution.

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12 Top Swimming Holes in our National Parks

By Chris Gragtmans | 05 Aug 16
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In honor of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, conservation, and preservation, we have compiled 12 of the best swimming holes in National Park units of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic.

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Bear Encounter in Shenandoah National Park Results in Dog Death

By BRO Staff | 04 Aug 16
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The release states that the hiker happened upon the sow black bear and her two cubs when hiking on the Snead Farm Fire Road near the Dickey Ridge Visitor Center.

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What Not To Do in Our National Parks

By Travis Hall | 23 Jun 16
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Are you planning on visiting one of America’s many national parks this summer? Follow these tips on what not to do, and stay alive to enjoy the journey.

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Every National Park Map Now Digitized for Your Convenience

By Travis Hall | 15 Jun 16
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Summer is here and America’s national parks are brimming with visitors. If you currently are or plan to soon be on of those visitors, you’ll want to be aware of this awesome new resource.

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