Can you think of a better way to celebrate the arrival of spring than with an adventurous visit to one (or even a few) of the many verdant and blooming national parks strewn across the U.S.?
Each park has a truly unique outdoor experience to offer and spring is one of the best times of year for sightseeing, exploring and partaking in all types of other exhilarating activities.
Our friends at the National Park Foundation recently put together a list of must-see and do seasonal attractions taking place this spring at a handful of the most scenic and ornate national parks across the U.S.
From hiking river-side trails and birdwatching to a mini “triathlon” and educational nature adventures, these national park events and activities are the perfect opportunities for celebrating the great outdoors as spring begins to blossom.
Russell Cave National Monument, Ala.
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At Russel Cave you can choose from a handful of intriguing outdoor activities. Take a stroll through the picturesque wildflower meadow, home to vibrant perennials, like black-eyed susans and purple cone flowers, or take a hike along the North Alabama Birding Trail: a 1.2-mile route through the lively forest of Montage Mountain where you can spot 115 different species of birds and maybe even a red fox. Visitors can also reconnect with their ancestors through a prehistoric tools and weapons demonstration hosted by park rangers.
Buffalo National River, Ark.
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The fourth annual Spring Fling Hike at the Buffalo National River follows the 3-mile route along the park’s River View Trail and offers participants the chance to learn about the area’s history through a guided park ranger tour. An easy- to moderate-level hike, you’ll stop at the Sod Collier Homestead for a lunch break before heading back to the Visitor Center while learning about plants and wildflowers along the way.