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

  • Tuesday, April 15, 2014
    National Park Service Ranger Betty Soskin
    Upon reaching 92, I have collected so many memories and experiences. The story I want to share today is my national park story. In 1942, I worked as a 20-year-old clerk in the... more
  • Friday, April 11, 2014
    The magnificence of our national parks can be experienced in countless ways. Some visitors are content to quietly stand before the greatness of the parks and commit the moment to... more
  • Monday, March 24, 2014
    Neil Mulholland, President and CEO
    This is an exciting moment for the National Park Foundation. Today we unveil a new look for our organization – one that underscores our role as the nonprofit partner of the... more
  • Thursday, March 20, 2014
    NPS Ranger Samantha Christine, Central District, National Capital Parks - East
    On February 26, 1955, at the Brotherhood Luncheon held in her honor, Mrs. Mary McLeod Bethune delivered the last speech she would ever give. In that speech, she poignantly stated... more
  • Friday, March 14, 2014
    Rocío Lower
    Are you ready to stop hiding under covers, puffy jackets, and warm hats? Are you counting down the days until you can get outside and enjoy the sights and sounds of spring? We... more
  • Wednesday, March 05, 2014
    Steven Gadecki
    For my birthday last year, my wife and son surprised me with a trip to Channel Islands National Park. Visiting the islands has been on my wish list since I moved to California 13... more
  • Thursday, February 27, 2014
    Dr. Joy G. Kinard, Central District Manager of National Capital Parks-East
    “If a race has no history, if it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.” – Dr.... more
  • Tuesday, February 25, 2014
    National Park Superintendent Cherie Butler
    What’s your story? For some, the right story at the right moment can brighten a day; for others, it can even make the world seem like a better place. Everyone has a story to tell... more
  • Tuesday, February 18, 2014
    From 1997 to 2001, the National Park Service was led by its 15th Director – a leader who was unanimously confirmed and proudly served as the first African American Director of... more
  • Sunday, February 16, 2014
    Rocío Lower
    We’re excited to celebrate Presidents Day this year, especially since the grand occasion calls for another stretch of fee-free days! Do you have any plans for visiting a national... more