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I found Theodore Roosevelt's description of this place to be pretty accurate based on my experience. "I grew very fond of this place, and it certainly has a desolate, grim beauty of its own, that has a curious fascination for me." The landscape is grayish and light brown, the grass isn't extraordinarily green, and the river is a muddy. There are snakes everywhere (I counted over 10 in 3 days). There was a rotting dead buffalo on the side of the road and to top things off I witnessed a young wild horse taking it's last breaths. This all sounds...

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Badlands National Park encompasses about 244,000 acres in the southwestern grass prairies of South Dakota. The park contains sharply eroded rocks of all shapes and sizes, in some parts resembling landscape closer to mars than earth.   To appreciate this park's full beauty you'll need an interest in natural history because that is what makes this place so unique. Don't get me wrong, the abundance of wildlife, and strange rock formations are enough to make this place pretty awesome but you can't fully appreciate what the park has to off if you don't have the curiosity to learn about what...

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This itinerary isn’t for everyone but if you have limited time and are in great hiking shape this three day plan is for you. I did this exact itinerary with a few friends one weekend in Summer of 2015. It consists of five of the best day hikes the Smokies has to offer. This itinerary was made with time restraints, convenience, and hike difficulty considerations but also enables you drive Cades Cove and Newfoundland Gap Road along the journey. Also keep in mind these aren’t the only good day hikes in the park. The Smokies are known for its nearly...

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Charlie Adams or better known on the trail as “Pretty Boy” is from Atlanta GA and after graduating high school in 2016 he thru hiked the Appalachian Trail southbound. What inspired you to hike the AT? I went on a backpacking trip in Maine the year before, summited Katahdin, and explored some of Baxter Sate Park. I really fell in love with backpacking then. Later in the fall, me and my dad went on some backpacking trips on the AT in Georgia, and I met some thru hikers. At that point, I started to think about a thru hike, but...

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Everglades National Park covers 1,509,000 acres of South Florida tropical wilderness. It is the third largest National Park in the lower 48 states behind Death Valley and Yellowstone, was designated as a National Park in 1947, and a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1973. As with any wild place in America in order to get the most out of a visit to Everglades National Park you must do your research and plan properly to ensure you have a positive experience. Here are some dos and don'ts for the average visitor to Everglades National Park. DOs Hike Anhinga trail. This is...

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