While it once covered a million acres of the Colonies, the Great Dismal Swamp, now protected by the Great Dismal Swamp NWR founded in 1974, encompasses 112,000 acres of pine uplands and cypress-tupelo swamps criss-crossed by ditches and levees used by loggers for more than a century.
Visiting National Parks
Visiting National Parks in the United States and abroad
I was fortunate to grow up in a small town where the Appalachian Trail danced along the mountaintops that I could see from my bedroom window.
Great authors, creative souls, artistic minds: all need time and space to create, and a well to dip into for inspiration. Carl Sandburg found it in the mountains of North Carolina.
Established in the 1750s, Ninety Six, SC grew around an important crossroads. Its role in the American Revolution is now interpreted at this National Historic Site.
Our friend Bob “TruckrBob” Finley shares his experience with planning, and reaching, the toughest park to visit in Florida: Dry Tortugas National Park, 70 miles offshore from Key West.
Gettysburg is an uneasy place. So much bloodshed. So much pain. And yet there is beauty on the battlefield, the forests and hills, the monuments placed skillfully so as to invite reflection.
At Nepal’s Royal Chitwan National Park, every moment is an adventure. Especially when you encounter rhinos up close, and on foot.
Visiting the North Rim of the Grand Canyon isn’t easy, but it’s worth it. On Memorial Day weekend there were still piles of snow all along the entrance road.
On Chincoteague Island on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, the fame of one fictional pony brought world awareness of the wild ponies of Assateague Island and fueled every little girl’s desire to have her own pony.
Reflections on our National Parks during the Centennial celebration this week, with a wander through Canaveral National Seashore in both New Smyrna Beach and Titusville