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 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
Press Release Plan for Energy Development in Southwest Colorado Moves Forward Collaborative Planning Will Help Mesa Verde National Park
Press Release Proposed Birmingham National Park Site Would Tell Pivotal Civil Rights History Public meeting hosted today to discuss national park proposal
Magazine Article Forest Lights Are the synchronous fireflies of Great Smoky Mountains getting too popular?
Magazine Article Speaking Up, Fighting Back Remembering Birmingham's Struggle for Equality
Blog Post Not-So-Beaten Paths: 11 Lesser-Known Hikes in Popular National Parks Hit the trail and avoid the crowds! NPCA staff selected 11 lesser-known hikes in some of the country’s most popular parks.
Blog Post 5 Wild Places for a Beach Vacation An advocate for vehicle-free beaches praises some of the last undeveloped places along America’s coasts — and why protecting these untamed lands is so important.
Blog Post A Yogi’s Guide to the National Parks Experiencing America’s natural wonders in 9 poses
Blog Post Leave Your Car Behind: 9 Parks to Explore by Foot, Bicycle, and Boat If you want to spend time off the beaten path, try getting away from the asphalt—literally. These 9 national park sites offer slower, quieter, human-paced alternatives to engine-powered excursions.
Blog Post How Charles Pinckney Changed My View of National Parks Exploring America’s most fascinating and least known places: A new series from a traveling "park junkie"
Blog Post National Poetry Month Trivia Challenge Q: April is National Poetry Month, and national parks and poetry go hand in hand. The former homes of four prolific American poets are preserved in the National Park System. Can you name these four beloved writers?
Staff Jeffrey Hunter Jeff joined our Southeast Regional Office in Fall 2015, where he is helping to lead our Southern Appalachian Landscape Program.
Trip Splendor in the Smokies Join NPCA for an active hiking adventure that showcases the best of the Smokies during the blossoming spring or the breathtaking fall changing of color.
Staff Tracy Kramer Tracy is proud to bring twenty years of experience in non-profit marketing and development to her work as Senior Outreach Coordinator for the Southeast Regional Office.
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.
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.
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 Emily Jones Emily’s work as Senior Program Manager 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.
Letter Opposition to Legislative Proposals at Cape Hatteras, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton NPCA urges Members of the House to Oppose H.R. 2954 when it comes to the House floor tomorrow. Specifically, NPCA opposes provisions to remove protections at Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Title V) and Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks (Title VII).
Report National Parks and Hydraulic Fracturing Hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) has the potential to rewrite America’s energy future, presenting the possibility of an energy-independent nation. This relatively new extraction method is now responsible for 90 percent of domestic oil and gas production, with thousands of wells peppering the countryside. What will history say about this innovation? What will the impacts be on America’s public lands—especially our cherished national parks?
Fact Sheet Support Funding for National Parks Damaged by Hurricane Sandy Hurricane Sandy destroyed communities from the Mid-Atlantic through the Northeastern states, hurting families and businesses. The vast impact of the storm also includes unprecedented damage to many areas of the National Park System. Absorbing these costs would have major budgetary consequences for an already overstretched and underfunded National Park System.
Testimony Support for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Testimony in support of S. 3300, the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Act
Report Center for State of the Parks: Ninety Six National Historic Site In recognition of the important historical resources protected within Ninety Six National Historic Site, the National Parks Conservation Association’s Center for State of the Parks conducted an assessment to determine current conditions of the park’s resources.
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 ›
- Blue Ridge Parkway ›
- Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site ›
- Buffalo National River ›
- 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 Historic Site ›
- 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 ›