The parks of the Southeast abound with superlatives. Here you can find the world’s longest cave system (Mammoth Cave) and the highest visited national park in the country (Great Smoky Mountains). Touring the parks will expose you to Southern Appalachia, one of the most biodiverse regions of the world, while also introducing you to this continent’s tragic and triumphant history – from Native American occupation to the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and beyond. In a landscape long-settled by people, NPCA’s Southeast Regional Office works to protect the amazing resources of this region’s national parks while also striving to connect this area’s varied stories and landscapes.
Undaunted by lengthy battles, the staff of the Southeast regional and field offices tackle monumental challenges. They advocate for clean air and water at parks like Buffalo National River, for improved visitor experiences at places like Blue Ridge Parkway, and for preservation of the diversity and connectedness of the natural and cultural resources in their region. One of their biggest achievements includes a settlement agreement with Tennessee Valley Authority resulting in the largest cleanup and retirement of coal-fired power plants in U.S. history. With strategic community engagement, they stopped a road from fragmenting a vast roadless area in the Great Smokies and added 4,500 acres of the Fern Lake watershed to Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.
Hoping to build on these successes, the Southeast team’s current priorities include protecting Cumberland Island National Seashore from a commercial spaceport, expanding its coastal program at parks like Cape Hatteras, ensuring the biological connectivity of the parks in the Southern Appalachians, and establishing the first national park in Georgia – Ocmulgee National Park and Preserve. In addition, whether it’s an industrial-sized hog farm threatening the Buffalo River, our nation’s first national river, or mountaintop removal impacting the Big South Fork, the Southeast office will continue to focus on ensuring that our nation’s vital waters run strong and clear. Join the Southeast in their rewarding work to protect this region’s unique parks.
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
To save the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse from rising sea levels and shoreline erosion, the lighthouse was moved over half a mile inland in 1999!
Field Offices in the Southeast Region
More about the Southeast region
Blog Post Trump Administration Rollback Could Hurt These 10 Parks Revisions to the Clean Water Rule could have real, on-the-ground consequences for hundreds of national park sites — including these 10.
Magazine Article Mississippi Reckoning Emmett Till was murdered 64 years ago. Is it time for a national park that recognizes him and tells the story of the civil rights struggle in Mississippi?
Magazine Article Sultan of Sweat Babe Ruth soaked and trained in what is now Hot Springs National Park. He also set a jaw-dropping baseball record.
Magazine Article Valley of Memories Their land was taken to create Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Each year, their descendants return to reconnect.
humans need nature--both physically and spiritually. Ecosystem services provide us with things like clean water, clean air, food, and suitable places to live, and the natural ecosystems that provide those services can be sources of inspiration or places of healing, discovery, and growth. National parks preserve these special places so that we, and all of the generations that follow, may always enjoy them. — Aricia
Blog Post The 12 Most-Visited Winter Parks National park sites can provide an ideal adventure or an escape from the cold during the winter months.
Press Release State Denies Industrial Hog Facility’s Permit, Protecting Buffalo National River Watershed We are pleased with the state’s decision to put federally protected waters and local economies above private industry.
Blog Post Want to Take a Bit of This National Park with You? Many national parks were created to protect natural wonders, be they giant sequoias or graceful sandstone arches. Yet, one national park is mandated to give away the very natural resource the park is known for.
Staff and Media Personnel Kate Sarna Kate joined NPCA in November 2018 as our communications manager. She currently manages outreach and communications for the Mid-Atlantic, Texas, Southeast and Sun Coast regional offices and assists with NPCA’s social media outreach.
Press Release Entergy Arkansas Reaches Settlement with Environmental Groups to Cease Burning Coal Today’s agreement secures important reductions in air pollution that has harmed national parks and communities across the region for decades.
Press Release Kentucky’s Camp Nelson Receives National Park Status Camp Nelson National Monument will become the second national park site to commemorate African American history in Kentucky.
Blog Post Vacation with Ghosts in These 10 Deserted Park Towns Enjoy the spookiest time of year in one of the many abandoned towns that dot scenic national park landscapes around the country.
Fact Sheet Ozone Fact Sheet Ozone threatens the health of park visitors and contributes to the disease and death of park species such as the black cherry tree in the East and aspen and ponderosa pine in the West. National park ecosystems across the country are already showing damage from ground-level ozone pollution.
Report Southeast Regional Office Field Reports These field reports provide timely updates and perspectives on issues of interest to our members and supporters in North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.
Resource 10 Ways to Be a Park Advocate Want to be an advocate for parks, but don't know where to start?
Report A Legacy Threatened NPCA's photo book shows the damage to parks caused by the 2017 hurricanes.
Fact Sheet How to Host a Park Volunteer Event Hosting a park volunteer event is an empowering act that flexes your leadership skills, helps our parks and engages new people. Learn how with this step-by-step guide.
Report Diamond in the Rough An Economic Analysis of the Proposed Ocmulgee National Park and Preserve
Staff Jeffrey Hunter Jeff joined our Southeast Regional Office in Fall 2015, where he is helping to lead our Southern Appalachian Landscape Program.
Staff Tracy Kramer Tracy is proud to work for NPCA because “What’s good for our national parks is good for the people, the land, our shared history and most importantly – our shared future. Leaving our national treasures unimpaired for future generations is important work and I’m excited to be a part of it."
Staff Chris Watson A Senior Program Manager in the Southeast region, Chris Watson works on landscape connectivity, beyond boundary protection, future parks/park expansions, urban parks and wildlands, and Native American cultural connectedness to the parks.
Staff Don Barger Don founded the Southeast Regional Office in 1992, and currently serves as its Senior Regional Director, visiting, loving, and fighting to protect the special parks of this region.
Staff and Media Personnel Alison Zemanski Heis Alison Zemanski Heis joined NPCA in 2010 and leads communications outreach for the Midwest, Northeast and NPCA's national water work. She also leads the communications outreach strategy in support of NPCA’s corporate partnerships and celebrity engagement efforts.
Staff Emily Jones Emily’s work as campaign director for the Southeast region revolves around building momentum within local communities and garnering congressional support to ensure our national parks become a national priority.
Report Judgment on Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation at Buffalo National River Judgment on Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation at Buffalo National River
Report Vicksburg National Military Park Expansion NPCA has advocated for an addition to Vicksburg to the national park site for three years.
Fact Sheet Manhattan Project National Historical Park At the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, the National Park Service will interpret and facilitate discussion surrounding the complex stories of the Manhattan Project and the resulting impacts of atomic power and nuclear technology in the three major park site areas.
Letter Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality on Buffalo River Correspondence between Earthjustice and the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality regarding the Buffalo River.
Explore Our Parks
- Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park ›
- Andersonville National Historic Site ›
- Andrew Johnson National Historic Site ›
- Arkansas Post National Memorial ›
- Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area ›
- Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument ›
- Blue Ridge Parkway ›
- Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site ›
- Buffalo National River ›
- Camp Nelson National Monument ›
- Cape Hatteras National Seashore ›
- Cape Lookout National Seashore ›
- Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site ›
- Charles Pinckney National Historic Site ›
- Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area ›
- Chickamauga And Chattanooga National Military Park ›
- Congaree National Park ›
- Cowpens National Battlefield ›
- Cumberland Gap National Historical Park ›
- Cumberland Island National Seashore ›
- Fort Donelson National Battlefield ›
- Fort Frederica National Monument ›
- Fort Pulaski National Monument ›
- Fort Raleigh National Historic Site ›
- Fort Smith National Historic Site ›
- Fort Sumter National Monument ›
- Freedom Riders National Monument ›
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park ›
- Guilford Courthouse National Military Park ›
- Horseshoe Bend National Military Park ›
- Hot Springs National Park ›
- Jimmy Carter National Historic Site ›
- Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park ›
- Kings Mountain National Military Park ›
- Little River Canyon National Preserve ›
- Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site ›
- Mammoth Cave National Park ›
- Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park ›
- Moores Creek National Battlefield ›
- Natchez National Historical Park ›
- Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail ›
- Natchez Trace Parkway ›
- Ninety Six National Historic Site ›
- Obed Wild & Scenic River ›
- Ocmulgee National Monument ›
- Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail ›
- Pea Ridge National Military Park ›
- President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site ›
- Reconstruction Era National Monument ›
- Russell Cave National Monument ›
- Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail ›
- Shiloh National Military Park ›
- Stones River National Battlefield ›
- Trail of Tears National Historic Trail ›
- Tupelo National Battlefield ›
- Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site ›
- Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site ›
- Vicksburg National Military Park ›
- Wright Brothers National Memorial ›