| Feb 20, 2014
| 7:51 AM
A week before the Polar Bear Plunge at Sandy Point State Park was canceled because of high winds and freezing temperatures, a hardy group of North County folks took their own dip into frigid water.
On Jan. 18, some 15 members of Ravens Roost 99...
| Feb 21, 2014
| 12:48 PM
Camping can be a road trip or a commando course, a sizzling theme park or a pup tent under the trees.
Many Florida parents take children camping from Day One. Others are new to the campground scene. If your children are ready to graduate from a play...
| Apr 18, 2014
Destination weddings have become a popular option as couples look for alternatives to nuptials in metro Chicago.
Combining an exchange of vows with a getaway with family and friends "is one of the hottest trends," said Laura Lukasik, manager of Viking...
| Mar 28, 2014
| 9:42 AM
It's hard to imagine what Hurd State Park would look like if Jesse S. Miller had won.
Places within the 940-acre park in East Hampton, like the popular "Split Rock" — a granite fissure on the northern edge of White Mountain with its tremendous...
| Apr 18, 2014
| 12:11 PM
Ever since the state purchased the abandoned Sunrise Resort in 2009, it has been known as an attractive nuisance. The 82 buildings — from cabins to kitchens to dance halls — along with a giant pool, as well as pingpong tables and paddleboats...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 10:12 AM
A quandary presented itself in the wilds of Massachusetts.
A few years ago, after visiting all the "big and famous" waterfalls in the state, I crowned Enders Falls as the king of Connecticut's grand plunges. Well, how did I know Connecticut had a...
| Feb 21, 2014
| 7:34 PM
California State Parks has added a portion of Huntington State Beach to its short list of beaches charging visitors for parking by the hour as opposed to a flat, $15 day rate.
The pilot program, already in place in Crystal Cove, could one day be...
| Feb 24, 2014
| 9:20 AM
Money to begin developing a 431-acre state park in Gloucester didn't get funded in budgets from the House and Senate of the General Assembly.
The Middle Peninsula State Park, with waterfront access to Aberdeen Creek and the York River, didn't receive in...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 7:10 PM
The Berns Environmental Study Loop at Crystal Cove State Park opens to the public Saturday with festivities that also kick off a yearlong celebration of the 150th anniversary of California State Parks.
The free event, from 1 to 6 p.m. in Moro Canyon,...
| Feb 26, 2014
| 6:40 AM
Peter and Marjorie Schwarze opened The Old Spanish Sugar Mill and Griddle House inside the DeLeon Springs State Park in 1961. And food is still being served in the same hands-on, do-it-yourself style.
Each table is equipped with a griddle. Servers bring...
| Feb 1, 2014
| 2:49 PM
It took 20 million years of wind and water erosion to form an eye-catching, mushroom-shaped boulder in a Utah state park. Heaving the stone off its perch took a man just 10 seconds, and the action sparked international disgust.
A pair of former Boy...