15 Stellar Hiking Trails On National Wildlife Refuges

A young hiker tackles a rock scramble along the Charon’s Garden Trail in Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. Refuges offer outstanding fall hiking, from mild to strenuous. Photo: David SmithWhy see Labor Day as a season ender? One of the year’s best hiking times is about to begin. For a treat this fall, explore some standout trails on national wildlife refuges.

Pumpkin Patch Train Kicks off in October

Pumpkin Patch at Grand Canyon RailwayAll aboard for a trip to all things autumn! For the second year Grand Canyon Railway will offer its special “Pumpkin Patch Train” on all weekends in October.

Astoria Park: Beyond the Pool

Astoria Park. Photo by Kacey Herlihy.Astoria Park, located in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens, New York, contains over 56 acres of sprawling lawns, walking trails, extensive facilities, and exquisite views.


The land was acquired by the City of New York as parkland in 1913. Rich in history and splendor, Astoria Park is an oasis in the busy city of New York providing plenty of activities and relaxation.

Visit Your National Wildlife Refuges: October 14-20, 2012 Blog Post by Susan Morse, Writer/Editor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Visit a national wildlife refuge for National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 14-20. Celebrate America’s wildlife heritage and see what refuges are doing to conserve it.

Catch the Beauty of the Annual Monarch Butterfly Migration

From early September to late October, witness one of the most delicate migrations in the animal kingdom! The only insect in the world known to do so, the monarch butterfly makes its annual southern migration in the fall, travelling up to 3,000 miles to overwinter in Mexico.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy to Celebrate 2nd Annual Family Hiking Day

Built over the course of 15 years, the Appalachian Trail was completed on Aug. 14, 1937. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the completion of the trail, and what better way to celebrate than joining the Appalachian Trail Conservancy for the 2nd Annual Family Hiking Day!

Gear Review: Chaco Women's Updraft Bulloo

Chaco Updraft Bulloo Sandal ReviewBy Nadia Gomez

I have to confess that I've been a quiet admirer of the Chaco line of sport sandals for some years now. As a person who is forever on a quest for the perfect walking shoe—especially for the summer months—I've been drawn to their chunky ergonomic soles, sturdy straps and unassuming style.

FREE Entry to National Parks on National Public Lands Day 2012

National Public Lands DayGet out your hiking boots and prepare the kids for a super Saturday in the great outdoors. National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is September 29, 2012 and allows visitors to gain FREE entrance to select public lands. Here’s your opportunity to visit that park you’ve always wanted to check out.

We’ve just Launched the (FREE!) Official New York State Parks Mobile App

Oh, Ranger! NY State Parks mobile appWe’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation to launch the official Oh, Ranger!

Grand Teton National Park Film Festival 2012

Schwabachers Landing, Grand Teton National Park. Photo Credit: National Park ServiceFor the second year in a row, Grand Teton National Park will be hosting a special film festival featuring films focused on the great outdoors.

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