San Diego-based mom of two Audrey Patterson frequently vacations in an RV with her family. But she’s actually only driven an RV once — a brief stretch near Burbank, California — en route to Yosemite National Park for their 2021 summer vacation.
GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — A campground at Great Smoky Mountains National Park that has been closed for nine years has been reopened, park officials said.
Look Rock Campground is a 68-site facility that provides camping along one of the park's most scenic drive, according to Superintendent Cassius Cash.
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.
The contest aims to attract more travelers and showcase these "places of beauty, from scenic mountain views to tranquil beaches,” Kentucky Department of Parks Commissioner Russ Meyer said this week in a statement.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A polar bear attacked a campsite Monday in Norway’s remote Arctic Svalbard Islands, injuring a French tourist, authorities said, adding that the wounds weren't life-threatening.
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.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A California woman who was fatally mauled by a grizzly bear in western Montana last summer was the victim of a rare predatory attack by a bear that had learned to seek out human food and was likely attracted scents near her tent and others left behind from recent Independence Day picnics, wildlife officials said.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Authorities are working to identity a body that turned up in Lake Sakakawea on Saturday.
The Bismarck Tribune reported Sunday that an angler found the body along the eastern shoreline about 3 miles south of Four Bears Bridge.
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.
The U.S. Forest Service issued the warning for Pisgah and Nantahala national forests.
DENVER (AP) — The Rainbow Gathering of the Tribes plans to return to Colorado this summer to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The weeks-long confab that draws tens of thousands of hippie campers to public lands announced this week that the national gathering of possibly 30,000 would be returning to Colorado.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority says its seasonal campgrounds are reopening, just in time for spring.
The federally-owned electricity provider said that its camping season began Tuesday and runs through November 15.
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — The cost of backcountry camping overnight in Grand Canyon National Park will go up this summer.
Park officials announced Monday that the nightly fee for backcountry camping areas will increase from $8 to $12 per person starting July 1.
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.'s birthday on Monday.
The park says it is authorizing one night of free camping at Alum Ford Campground.