GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — A campground at Great Smoky Mountains National Park that has been closed for nine years has been reopened, park officials said.
ONEIDA, Tenn. (AP) — Back country permits and free camping are being offered in celebration of National Public Lands Day at Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in Tennessee and Kentucky.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky State Parks has launched a photo contest that encourages visitors to capture some of the best parts of their stay.
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The sister of a St. Louis man who died while hiking in the Badlands of South Dakota said Friday that he was camping as part of a trip to celebrate graduating from college and got lost trying to find his way back to his car.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Authorities are working to identity a body that turned up in Lake Sakakawea on Saturday.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Visitors to national forests in western North Carolina are being warned that bears are getting close to humans and even circling campsites.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority says its seasonal campgrounds are reopening, just in time for spring.
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — The cost of backcountry camping overnight in Grand Canyon National Park will go up this summer.
ONEIDA, Tenn. (AP) — Visitors to Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area can enjoy a free night of camping to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’
MUNISING, Mich. (AP) — Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore will soon begin charging visitors entrance fees for the first time in the 55-year history of the tourist destination in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A night in a sleeping bag is costing more at Michigan campgrounds.

Rates have gone up between $2 and $8 a night, depending on the campground and the day, the Department of Natural Resources said.
SACO, Maine (AP) — Maine’s state park campers set another record this year.

Maine is home to 48 state parks and historic sites, and attendance and camping at the parks have soared during the coronavirus pandemic.
ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — No, you’re not imagining it. Camping has gone crazy on Utah’s public lands.

A new report from the advocacy organization Center for Western Priorities released Thursday said occupied reservations for campsites on public lands increased by 39% during peak season from 2014 to 2020.
COLFAX, Calif. (AP) — A California wildfire that destroyed 142 structures in the Sierra Nevada last month was human-caused, authorities said Friday, but they did not reveal what led to that conclusion.
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Erika Jostad’s baseline for what Grand Teton National Park is like in the summer is skewed by 2021, easily the busiest year in the park’s 92-year-and-running history.
ONEIDA, Tenn. (AP) — The Big South Fork National Recreation Area along the Kentucky-Tennessee border is celebrating a national parks milestone by offering free camping later this month.
ONEIDA, Tenn. (AP) — Visitors to Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area can enjoy some free camping this week to celebrate the first anniversary of the signing of the Great American Outdoors Act.
WELD, Maine (AP) — Maine conservation official said camping on a popular hiking mountain has been prohibited due to misuse of the area by some visitors.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho’s most popular state parks started doubling camping fees for out-of-state residents on Thursday as required by a new state law.
ROBBINSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — After recent reports of bears stealing backpacks and food, the U.S. Forest Service is warning hikers and campers to take precautions when visiting a national forest in North Carolina.
LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) — It’s been three decades since the reunification of Germany, but camping enthusiasts from the former East Germany allow themselves twice a year to relive the past and forget about how much has changed.
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A former oil and gas well pad has been converted into a campground for visitors to Carlsbad Caverns National Park and Guadalupe Mountains National Park in New Mexico.
NEW YORK (AP) — A Georgia overnight camp hit by a coronavirus outbreak took many precautions, but didn’t make campers wear masks or have proper ventilation in buildings, according to a government report released Friday.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Lassen Volcanic National Park in northern California has temporarily banned overnight camping in some parts of its park after several interactions between campers and foraging bears.
Jim Klug’s office phone rings off the hook with anxious anglers inquiring about the status of their upcoming fly-fishing trips.
STURGIS, S.D. (AP) — A man and a woman from North Dakota have died of carbon monoxide poisoning while camping during the Sturgis motorcycle rally in South Dakota.
CAVE CITY, Ky. (AP) — Federal officials are investigating a report that a man fired a gunshot while camping at Mammoth Cave National Park, an incident that another camper says was prompted by an alleged sighting of Bigfoot.
BLUE SPRING STATE PARK, Fla. (AP) — An 11-year-old girl is recovering after being bitten by a pygmy rattlesnake while camping at Blue Spring State Park.
For some parents, it can be plenty challenging just to take young children on a trip to the mall. Then there are those who take their tiny hikers into the wilderness.