National Park Nightlife

By: 
Neil Miele

When the sun sets on a beautiful day in our national parks, don’t think that the fun is over! These eight national parks assure us that nature never sleeps with exciting after-hour adventures. Make sure you take advantage of these experiences before the last of the warm summer nights are gone!

From a casual stroll on a sunset-soaked trail, to a lantern-lit expedition, there are countless ways to enjoy a night in the parks. Gaze up at nature’s night-light and create new bedtime stories that will leave you dreaming of more wonderful national park experiences to come!

Cape Cod National Park (Massachusetts)
Relax at Herring Cove Beach and enjoy the waves crashing along the shore as you relax in the sand next to a warm campfire.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore (North Carolina)
Gaze at the elegance and beauty of the full moon from atop historic Cape Hatteras or Bodie Island Lighthouses.

Cedar Breaks National Monument (Utah)
Escape the city lights and enjoy a clear night sky under the brilliance of the stars.

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (Georgia)
End your day with a ranger-led kayak tour down the scenic river and enjoy the majestic sunset off the shimmering water.

Craters of the Moon National Park & Preserve (Idaho)
Take a walk to North Crater Cinder Cone and observe the setting sun over the unique lava landscape.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park (Ohio)
Listen to the sounds of the nightlife around you as you experience the park by moonlight.

El Morro National Monument (New Mexico)
Challenge all five senses as you explore the mysteries of El Morro after dark.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Tennessee)
Explore Cades Cove on an easy 2.5-mile moonlight hike or embrace the beauty of Cataract Falls after a lantern-lit stroll through the old Forks of the River community.

Whether you’re looking to relax after a long day of work or searching for a way to spend a weekend night, an evening in the national parks is always a great way to wrap your day! Check out the National Park Service’s event calendar to discover all of the night time adventures in national parks near you!