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Whoa! Did a bunch of garland-wearing, fringe-loving, long, flowing skirted hippies just crash your campsite? No, you’re not crazy; it’s festival season! And it just so happens that there are some awesome music festivals in state parks. So, check it out now (funk soul brothers)—here’s our list. 1. Newport Folk Festival (Fort Adams State Park, Rhode […]
Wharton State Forest made headlines recently (you can read our own take here) when residents of New York and Philadelphia awoke to the unfamiliar sight and smell of wood smoke from a brush fire that consumed 1,600 acres. The state forest, which at 110,000 acres is New Jersey’s largest, makes up only one tenth of […]
Are you looking for an escape from New York City that also provides its own unique blend of the outdoors and art? If you’re a lover of these things and are in the New York State area, then have we got an answer for you! The Storm King Art Center, located in Orange County in […]
It’s almost that time of year again—Earth Day! Today we’ll be sharing our annual list of Earth Day events at state parks. Before you start digging holes in the soil in an attempt to plant a tree, a shrub, or any type of greenery, we’d like to give you a mini history lesson so you […]
Let’s say you’re walking along, you find yourself at some kind of park, and you strike up a conversation with a person that you begin to fancy. All’s going well: you’re talking about your favorite books and bands, where you grew up, and other such things that occur in potential pre-first date conversations. But then, […]
In an animal kingdom that features many characters, few would argue that bears are the most fascinating. From the diminutive Sun Bear to the massive Kodiak and Polar Bears, there are many variations among these mammals. There are also many variations in documentaries about bears. There’s even a Disney documentary appropriately titled Bears coming out […]
Contributed by Alex Vail, The Flying Kayak With the popularity of kayaking and kayak fishing steadily on the rise, more and more people are beginning to get away from the traditional canoe and switch to kayaks for their camping excursions. But there are several things that a person must take into consideration before attempting to camp […]
Contributed by Michael Restivo of Mike off the Map The Mountain Loop Highway bordering the North Cascades has spectacular and secretive trails that can be hiked year round, ensuring an enchanting view of the mountainous landscape. This past March, I was invited to hike Deer Creek Road, a winding snowshoe trail. While it wasn’t steep, it […]
A forest fire at a New Jersey state forest made big news on Monday in New York City. The fire, which was in Wharton State Forest, caused a strong smoky smell that pervaded all over New York City, home of the ParksByNature office. Some even described the experience of waking up Monday morning like they […]
Put on your polo, grab your clubs, and hop on that cart because’s it’s Golfer’s Day! In honor of this oft-forgotten holiday, we’re giving you ‘fore’ of our favorite state park golf courses. (You don’t even need to say it. We’re cheesy. And we’re proud of it.) Arrowhead Pointe, Richard B. Russell State Park Golfweek ranks […]
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We love camping because it gives us a chance to leave behind all the stress, all the technology, all the appliances, all the people, all the social media, all the television and video games…all the things that are fun? Let’s face it, sometimes camping can be boring. There’s usually one surefire way to bring some […]
Contributed by Al Quackenbush, The SoCal Bowhunter Right out of the box the SOG Woodline fixed blade knife separated the elk hide from flesh like it was warm butter. It was sharp, fit perfectly in my hand and was a comfortable weight. Even though I had bloody hands, the SOG Woodline fixed blade knife is an […]
Contributed by Bill Howard. I keep a backpack I use on those “special” hunting trips where I may be gone from home for several days in the wilderness. I keep things such as an extra fall restraint system (in case my safety vest were to either get damaged or get used for its purpose, I […]
Just when you thought a busy mother of three young children couldn’t possibly add one more thing to an already jam-packed schedule, Tiffany Akin proves there’s always room for adventure. The Campy Mom, as Akin’s known in the blogosphere, not only makes time for the outdoors but she also makes sure it’s part of her […]
Bill Howard‘s second offering of free gear is here! To enter, tell us in the comments section what you need for your next outdoor—you might just win your very own! We’ll announce the winner next Friday after our third installment. Good luck! LifeStraw Personal Water Filter I once posted that I find it as a […]
Starting today, and running consecutively for the following four Fridays, our contributor Bill Howard (Bow America) will be sharing his suggestions for best hunting and fishing gear under $20. Do you agree with his favorite finds? Be sure to tell us in the comment below, as we will be giving away some of these items […]
Contributed by Will Jenkins, The Will to Hunt I’m a wimp, I hate the cold. Unfortunately I love hunting too much to let the cold keep me away. If you’ve ever been hunting you know that keeping warm is the biggest challenge in the late season and one of the reasons many people don’t hunt a […]
Contributed by Jacqueline Basallo, The Basallo Brainery. I have a confession to make: I’m a born-and-raised Miamian who can’t swim. (Even those of us who live within close proximity to the water have a hard time staying afloat.) I’ve mastered the doggy paddle and my underwater skills are up to par with Ariel but, beyond […]
Contributed by Al Quackenbush, The SoCal Bowhunter Over the past two decades I have seen hunting backpacks grow in popularity and size. Not only cubic inches, but number of pockets and where we can strap things. Don’t be sucked into the thought that you have to fill each and every pocket or empty space with something. […]
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