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10 Best National Parks in Fall , Buffalo #2- USA Today

29 Oct 2014 10:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

10Best: National parks in fall

David and Kay Scott, 10:17 a.m. EDT October 29, 2014

America's national parks offer stunning autumn scenery from coast to coast.

1. Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina and Virginia. Changes in elevation produce beautiful colors.

2. Buffalo National River, Arkansas. One of America's most scenic rivers is lined with breathtaking oak and hickory trees.

3. Cuyahoga Valley, Ohio. Oak, hickory, maple and poplar trees fill this park with color.

4. Grand Teton, Wyoming. See the aspens and cottonwoods of this spectacular Western park.

5. Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina and Tennessee. Trees at various elevations show peak colors at different times.

6. Mammoth Cave, Kentucky. Dense forests become a painted wonderland with reds, golds and purples.

7. Mount Rainier, Washington. Bushes and shrubs in the park's sub-alpine region produce beautiful colors.

8. Rocky Mountains, Colorado. This rugged park's trees are striking.

9. Shenandoah, Virginia. See fall colors on the 105-mile-long Skyline Drive.

10. Zion, Utah. Zion Canyon becomes a ribbon of gold in autumn.


  • 31 Oct 2014 7:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The #2 ranking of the BNR for its spectacular fall beauty is a feather in the cap of the Natural State and serves to reinforce the importance of the Buffalo not only to the Ozarks and Arkansas but to the nation as a whole. It also points to the serious mistake made by ADEQ when it allowed a 6,500-head swine CAFO to be placed where it poses a very real threat to that national jewel. Dr Van Brahana's recent dye trace studies have shown multiple direct underground pathways from the waste application area to the Buffalo, so this is not a hypothetical, what-if contention. The risk is real. I'm sure if sections of the river were to be closed for human contact due to elevated E. coli levels our ranking would change. Maybe we would rank high on the Top 10 List of "Most Needlessly Damaged National Treasures". Surely there are plenty of more appropriate locations for such an industrial facility that would not threaten what is an economic engine for our poor corner of the state and a recreational attraction for people across the nation.
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