ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah (AP) — A man found dead at the bottom of a popular narrow trail bordered by steep drops at Zion National Park has been identified as a hiker from Salt Lake City.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission said Wednesday that it would cost $1.7 million to make a beloved, well-known hiking trail safe for the public — which is why the agency plans to close it...
JIM THORPE, Pa. (AP) — Jacqueline Zito spends as much time as she can on the Glen Onoko Falls Trail — one of the most scenic and well-known hiking paths in all of Pennsylvania — and was eager to...
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico State Land Office has given a coalition the OK to issue hiking and horseback riding permits to cross state land on the Continental Divide Trail.
Rockingham approves addition to Oak Hill trail
BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont community has agreed to contribute a piece of land to a proposed network of hiking and mountain biking trails.
LOUISVILLE, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has scheduled at outdoors day for women at a park along the Platte River.
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BOULDER CITY, Nev. (AP) — Boulder City officials have asked state lawmakers to provide funding to expand the Nevada Southern Railroad Museum and build an urban park.
LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) — California officials have a message for people eager to see a rare wildflower bloom: please don't land your helicopter on our poppy fields.
New York acquires Catskill land, site of historic hotel
CATSKILL, N.Y. (AP) — New York state has acquired a tract in the Catskills that includes remnants of a historic hotel and provides increased access to a popular network of hiking and cross-country...
Game wardens rescue 2 hikers who underestimated trail
CUTLER, Maine (AP) — Maine game wardens say they rescued two hikers stranded on a trail overnight.
Authorities say the 53-year old and the 73-year old began hiking the Bold Coast Trail in...
Forest cites land addition, road upgrades, volunteers
CAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — The caretakers of the White Mountain National Forest count among their 2018 accomplishments a land addition, investment in roads and trails and support from...
Tennessee state parks offer free hikes guided by ranger
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Rangers at all 56 state parks in Tennessee are offering free guided hikes later this month.
Tennessee State Parks said in a news release Monday that free hikes are...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities have released a sketch of a young girl whose body was found along a Southern California hiking trail.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Wednesday...
VALLEY FORGE, Pa. (AP) — The national park on the site where George Washington and the struggling Continental Army endured a tough winter during the American Revolution boasts a new feature that's...
SUNDERLAND, Mass. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of the man found dead near a popular hiking area in western Massachusetts last weekend, but the death remains under...
HACIENDA HEIGHTS, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say they've found the body of a child along a Los Angeles hiking trail.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says the child, believed to be...
Dead body found near Massachusetts hiking trails
SUNDERLAND, Mass. (AP) — Authorities are working to figure out how a man whose body was found in area of western Massachusetts popular with hikers died.
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Dozens of Indiana counties are hoping to dip into a state grant program that will fund efforts to improve or build hiking and biking trails.
Kentucky’s Salato Wildlife Education Center is reopening
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Salato Wildlife Education Center is reopening this week, complete with renovations made during the facility's winter closure.
South Carolina buys Upstate land for fishing and hunting
CLEVELAND, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has added land along the South Saluda River it plans to let people use for fishing, hunting and hiking.
The Department of Natural Resources said the 2.7 square-mile (711-hectare) parcel of land in northern Greenville County was bought for $4 million thanks to $3 million from the state Conservation Bank. The agency's Heritage Land Trust Fund and timber account paid for the rest.
Dog defends owner from rabid raccoon during Poconos hike
BUSHKILL, Pa. (AP) — Officials say a hiker in Pennsylvania's Poconos Mountains was attacked by a rabid raccoon and defended by his dog, who pulled the varmint off.
Marine Corps veteran readies for 7,000-mile hike
EAST LYME, Conn. (AP) — It will take Marine Corps veteran Steven Lesage of Plainfield about 18 months to hike The American Discovery Trail. Organized as a system of recreational trails and roads that collectively form a coast-to-coast hiking route, the American Discovery Trail extends 6,800 miles, through 15 different states, from California to Delaware.
Oregon parks report presses for money for urban trails
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A new report by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department calls for more funding for hiking and walking trails in urban centers.
The Statesman Journal reports that the agency says $640 million is needed to create those trails for a population that's getting older, more diverse and more urbanized.
First Day Hike tradition celebrates new year in nature
SEVEN SPRINGS, N.C. (AP) — Quinn Sigman and her sister Peighton Sigman raced through the woods, leaped over tree roots and trudged up steep hills at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park on the afternoon of Jan. 1 — all while wearing tutus, spotted leggings and a pair of shiny cat ears on their heads.
Man rescued after being stranded in ravine in Duluth
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Police in Duluth say a man has been rescued after being stranded for days in a remote area near the Superior Hiking Trail.
Officials were called Monday afternoon to an area near the trail and the Lake Superior Zoo about a person needing medical assistance.
Fire crews rescued the 36-year-old man from the ravine. Police believe he may have been there for three to four days.
Assistant Fire Chief Clinton Reff says the victim has hypothermia, but is in stable condition.
North Dakota state park launches annual hiking challenge
MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — Hikers are set to welcome the New Year in Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park south of Mandan.
The state park launches its fourth annual 12-for-12 hiking challenge on Jan. 1.
Clean water fund helps with park road restoration
BOLTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation says it will improve a state forest access road in Camel's Humpy State Park with the help of state funding.
Missouri park officials weigh new hiking, biking trail
EUGENE, Mo. (AP) — Missouri parks officials will soon have to decide whether or not to accept a planned donation of a rail line and turn the corridor into a biking and hiking trail.
New Year’s Day hikes planned in 19 of 26 Kansas state parks
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Nineteen of the 26 Kansas state parks are offering guided New Year's Day hikes as part of a nationwide initiative.
Asheville man gives Parkinson’s the boot climbing 40 peaks
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Mary Fond Daughtridge knew her husband was whip-smart, quick-witted and physically fit. Still, each time Bob DeBrecht came home from a hike over the past two years, Daughtridge checked him over for places that might be oozing blood, banged up or broken.
Access to parks in US Southwest a mixed bag during shutdown
PHOENIX (AP) — The federal government's shutdown presents visitors with a mixed bag at national parks and monuments in the US Southwest, home to some of the parks system's crown jewels.
Pat Jones, whose contribution paved way for Katy Trail, dies
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Pat Jones, who along with her husband provided the initial donation that led to development of Missouri's popular Katy Trail State Park hiking and biking path, has died.
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources says Jones died Monday. A cause of death was not disclosed. She was 93.
Man dies after falling at Manoa Falls on Oahu
HONOLULU (AP) — A 27-year-old man has died after falling from near the top of a waterfall in a popular hiking area on Oahu, authorities said.
The man was found in the pool at the bottom of Manoa Falls on Monday morning after he fell more than 75 feet (23 meters).
Ailish Rincon, who was at the pool with her sister Rocio Crowley and brother-in-law Warren Crowley, witnessed the man's fall.
2 Scandinavian women found dead in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Authorities in Morocco say the bodies of two Scandinavian women have been found in the Atlas Mountains, a popular hiking destination.
According to a statement from the Interior Ministry, the women from Denmark and Norway were discovered on Monday with "evidence of violence on their necks" inflicted by a "cold weapon."
55 Tennessee state parks to offer free guided hiking events
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is offering free guided hikes at 55 state parks to kick off 2019.
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation announced the free offering as part of its annual First Day Hike program, part of America's State Parks First Day Hikes in all 50 states.
The hikes are for all ages and abilities and are each led by an experienced ranger. They will take place from Dec. 31 to Jan. 6 at the various parks.
Trains briefly halted after California bluff collapse
DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — Train service was briefly interrupted when part of a seaside bluff collapsed near tracks just north of San Diego.
Officials in the city of Del Mar say nobody was hurt when the rain-saturated cliff came tumbling down shortly before 9 a.m. Monday.
Train traffic was halted for about two hours while crews cleared and assessed the tracks.
Michigan officials hope to redevelop Henry Ford mills
DETROIT (AP) — County officials in southeastern Michigan want to redevelop historic Henry Ford mills to create a more vibrant parks system.
Wayne County officials hope the project along the Middle Rouge River will bring more visitors into Hines Park, which features hiking trails, pocket parks and ponds, The Detroit Free Press reported .
Completion of Maricopa Trail links parks around Phoenix
PHOENIX (AP) — There's a new way to get around metro Phoenix, or at least its circumference.
Maricopa County has completed a 315-mile (507-kilometer) hiking and biking trail that circles Phoenix and most of its suburbs.
Breckenridge task force will find new home for troll
BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado ski resort town has set up a task force to find a new home for a huge wooden troll sculpture.
The 15-foot (4.5 meter) work known as Isak Heartstone was dismantled last week after it attracted crowds of people to a hiking trail in a residential area in Breckenridge.
Permit system to limit hiking in Oregon wilderness areas
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is planning to implement a new permit system to limit the number of hikers in three of Oregon's most popular wilderness areas.
Free hikes offered at state parks day after Thanksgiving
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Need to walk off your Thanksgiving Day meal? Tennessee's state parks are offering free hikes the day after the holiday later this month.
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation officials say all 56 state parks will be offering free guided hikes on Nov. 23.
Boy Scouts, anglers help save brothers after kayaks capsize
PERU, Ind. (AP) — Members of a Boy Scout troop are winning praise for helping save two brothers whose kayaks capsized on northern Indiana's Mississinewa (mis-ih-SIHN'-uh-wah) Lake.
The Miami County Sheriff's Office says the scouts and two fishermen who found the brothers "undoubtedly saved the lives of the two kayakers."
Police say Tim and Jimmy Ratliff may have been in the chilly lake for an hour Saturday before Boy Scouts who'd been hiking around the lake heard their cries for help.
The Latest: Moon gives condolences for Korean climbers
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The Latest on mountaineering deaths in Nepal (all times local):
South Korean President Moon Jae-in, an amateur hiking enthusiast who visited Nepal in 2016, has expressed condolences for the climbers who died in a storm on a Nepal mountain.
Five South Koreans and four Nepalese guides died Friday when a storm swept their base camp on Gurja Himal mountain, and their bodies were retrieved Sunday.
Hike, drive or ride to New England summits for foliage
For an ever-changing perspective on the fall foliage, try viewing the colors from a higher elevation by hiking, driving or taking a ski lift up one of New England's mountains.
The foliage starts to turn orange, deep red and gold first in the mountains and other colder spots. The color emerges as the days shorten and leaves lose their green chlorophyll pigments. Stress like cold temperature or drought also trigger some tree species to generate a red pigment.
Hiker airlifted from Maine state park after breaking ankle
MILLINOCKET, Maine (AP) — Authorities say a hiker who fractured her ankle hiking a trail on Mount Katahdin has been airlifted to safety.
Zion National Park reopens flood-damaged Angels Landing
ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — Zion National Park has reopened the trail to one of its most popular hiking destinations for the first time since flood waters ravaged the southwestern Utah canyon in July.
The (St. George) Spectrum reports the West Rim Trail to Angels Landing reopened on Saturday.
Motorists were stranded for hours when a July 11 thunderstorm caused mudslides and rockfalls throughout the park.
Officials consider making Devil’s Bathtub an official trail
SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) — U.S. Forest Service officials are considering a proposal to turn a little-known hiking trail in the Black Hills National Forest into a recognized attraction.
Northern Hills District Ranger Steve Kozel is looking into the project to make Devil's Bathtub a designated hiking trail, the Rapid City Journal reported.
The Latest: No evidence of bear attack at Colorado park
DENVER (AP) — The Latest on a woman who reported being attacked by a black bear in a Colorado state park (all times local):
Colorado wildlife officials say evidence does not support a woman's claim that she was attacked by a black bear while hiking with her dog at a state park northwest of Denver.
Bear reportedly injures hiker at state park in Colorado
DENVER (AP) — Colorado wildlife officials say a woman hiking with her dog reported being attacked by a black bear at a state park northwest of Denver.
KMGH-TV in Denver reports Colorado Parks and Wildlife is investigating the incident at Golden Gate Canyon State Park on Wednesday afternoon. The woman, whose name has not been released, was able to walk down a trail to an ambulance.