Trail Talk

The National Park Foundation Blog

Ever wonder about the best hikes, sites and activities in America's national parks? Are you unsure about where to plan your next park adventure or what you should pack? NPF's blog, Trail Talk, is a great place to find all the answers!

Trail Talk is your tool to share information from your park adventures and learn about the endless possibilities within these treasured places. We invite each of you to write about your experiences, share your tips and stories so that others can follow along. If you’re interested in joining the fun, submit your post to

  • Monday, January 30, 2012
    Rock Creek Park, the largest urban park in the National Park system, is truly a gem in our nation's capital with more than 1,700 acres of hardwood forest, meadows, and streams. ... more
  • Monday, January 30, 2012
    Located in northeastern Ohio along the banks of the Cuyahoga River, Cuyahoga Valley National Park protects and preserves 33,000 acres of deep forests, rolling hills and open... more
  • Monday, January 30, 2012
    World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, Great... more
  • Monday, January 30, 2012
    As the first national park east of the Mississippi River, Acadia National Park has preserved the rugged beauty of Maine’s Mount Desert Island for nearly 100 years.  The park is... more
  • Tuesday, January 24, 2012
    Encompassing three distinct ecosystems and nearly one million acres, Olympic National Park has limitless opportunities for outdoor adventure, discovery and relaxation.  With... more
  • Monday, January 09, 2012
    Neil Mulholland, President & CEO
    On New Year's Day, the national parks community suffered a great loss as Ranger Margaret Anderson at Mount Rainier National Park was tragically shot and killed. Like you, I was... more
  • Saturday, December 31, 2011
    By Alanna Sobel on 12/31/2011 Can you believe it’s already New Year’s Eve? Boy did this year fly by fast! Just yesterday, I found myself reflecting on how meaningful this holiday... more
  • Thursday, December 15, 2011
    By Alanna Sobel on 12/15/2011 There are so many great ways to visit, share and support America's iconic, national treasures during the holiday season. Here are a handful of our... more
  • Wednesday, November 30, 2011
    By Alanna Sobel on 11/30/2011 The 89thNational Christmas Tree Lighting is almost here! Yes, I'm talking about the incredible, one-of-a-kind, can't-miss, national event in... more
  • Tuesday, November 15, 2011
    Alanna Sobel
    For more than 50 years, our friends at North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) have been tracking Santa's holiday travels around the globe. Throughout the month of... more