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Outdoor recreation highlighted in Kentucky visitor's guide

Jan. 15, 2021 8:14 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Official Kentucky Visitor's Guide for 2021 highlights outdoor recreation opportunities for travelers in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The guide notes outdoor adventures, Kentucky State Parks, racetracks, distilleries and wineries as opportunities that allow for safe travel...

FILE - This May 28, 2013 file photo shows a on a rock formation known as The Wave in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona. Outdoor enthusiasts and nature photographers hoping to explore the colorful, contoured landscape of the hugely popular trail in the U.S. Southwest will now have a better chance at landing one of the elusive permits after the U.S. government Monday, Jan. 11,2021 tripled the number of daily visitors allowed. (AP Photo/Brian Witte, File)

US triples daily numbers allowed at Southwest hike The Wave

Jan. 11, 2021 8:39 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Outdoor enthusiasts and landscape photographers hoping to land one of the elusive permits needed to explore the colorful, contoured landscape of a hike called The Wave in the U.S. Southwest will have a better chance under a federal plan announced Monday that allows more than three...

'Forest Bathing' trail in NC invites people to nature

Jan. 11, 2021 12:01 AM EST

STATE ROAD, N.C. (AP) — The pine needles blanketing the trail feel soft underfoot and the gurgling Grassy Creek provides a soothing soundtrack as hikers amble along a narrow footpath that meanders through the woods. The Klondike Lake Trail was built earlier this year specifically to keep the firehose of...

Woman seriously hurt in fall at Pilot Mountain State Park

Jan. 10, 2021 3:54 PM EST

PINNACLE, N.C. (AP) — A woman who fell from a considerable height at a North Carolina state park is being treated for her injuries at a hospital, a state parks spokeswoman said. The woman in her 60s from the Charlotte area slipped and fell “a considerable distance” while hiking at Pilot...

Veteran breaks record for 'Pitchell' race in NC city

Jan. 10, 2021 12:01 AM EST

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — When most kids return home to see their parents for Christmas, couch lounging and hot cocoa are typically in order. But not for Kyle Curtin. The 34-year-old Army veteran helicopter electrician and long-distance runner thought a holiday trip to Asheville to see his folks would be...

Increased recreation amid virus takes environmental toll

Jan. 9, 2021 10:10 AM EST

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Scott Fitzwilliams was supposed to be off work. But as supervisor of America’s most trafficked national forest,“ you’re never off work,” he says. So there he was Fourth of July weekend, supposed to be enjoying the serenity he had always known at a...

Jeremy Barnum stands for a portrait Dec. 11, 2020, on the frozen surface of Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park, Wyo. Barnum officially started his tenure as Grand Teton's chief of staff in May. A native of northern Utah, his career with the U.S. Foreign Service sent him to Finland and Ecuador before landing back in Washington, D.C., where he pivoted to communications work with the National Park Service. (Ryan Dorgan/Jackson Hole News & Guide via AP)

New Grand Teton official took international path to Wyoming

Jan. 2, 2021 10:10 AM EST

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A Finnish mission trip early on in life didn’t do much to tamp down Jeremy Barnum’s hunger to branch out and experience the varied cultures, cities and wild places of Planet Earth. Instead, two years in Scandinavia had the opposite effect. “Having that experience...

Cuomo: New York finishes work on 750-mile Empire State Trail

Jan. 1, 2021 6:19 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York State officials say they have finished work on a 750-mile trail for cyclists, hikers and runners that spans the state. The Empire State Trail is expected to attract 8.6 million residents and tourists a year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said this week. The trail, most of which is off...

Vermonters encouraged to start the new year with a hike

Jan. 1, 2021 10:11 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation is encouraging Vermonters to celebrate the new year with a first day hike. Entry to Vermont's 55 state parks is free on New Year's Day and all winter long. The first day hikes will be different this year because of the...

First Day Hike tradition continues, with virus precautions

Jan. 1, 2021 9:56 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The First Day Hike tradition is continuing in Rhode Island for 2021, but with several changes because of the coronavirus pandemic, state environmental officials say. The Department of Environmental Management is inviting residents to #WalkOff2020 and celebrate the New Year on Friday...