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
Regional Events Georgia Offshore Drilling Public Meeting For the first time in decades, our coasts could be opened up to oil and gas leasing if the Department of Interior's draft leasing plan for federal waters goes into effect.
Regional Events North Carolina Offshore Drilling Meeting For the first time in decades, our coasts could be opened up to oil and gas leasing if the Department of Interior's draft leasing plan for federal waters goes into effect.
Resource 10 Ways to Be a Park Advocate Want to be an advocate for parks, but don't know where to start?
Blog Post 10 National Park Trip Ideas for President Trump Would President Trump do more to protect national parks if he took time to visit them? Here are 10 inspirational places I’d put at the top of his bucket list.
there is nothing more beautiful than our national parks! — Sharon
Press Release Local Businesses and Park Community Representatives to Secretary Zinke: Don’t Price Families Out of National Parks Increasing entrance fees would harm gateway communities that depend on park visitors.
Press Release Parks Group Sues EPA Over Delay of Ozone Protections EPA’s action puts public health, national parks at risk.
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.
Press Release Nature Valley Partners with National Parks Conservation Association, Encourages Support for America’s National Parks this #GivingTuesday Nature Valley and National Parks Conservation Association celebrate more than eight years of protecting our national parks together.
Report A Legacy Threatened NPCA's photo book shows the damage to parks caused by the 2017 hurricanes.
Blog Post Worth More Than a Thousand Words How taking pictures of wildlife could help bears and elk — and people — survive outside Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Blog Post Fleeting Beauty: 9 Natural Phenomena You Won’t Want to Miss National parks offer remarkable experiences no matter the hour or the season. Sometimes, though, it helps to be in the right place at the right time to witness something extraordinary. You have to think ahead to catch these nine ephemeral delights — so start planning now!
Magazine Article The Wild Congaree Paddling the Blue Trail to South Carolina’s only national park.
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.
Blog Post Staff Picks: 11 Spectacular Roads for Riding Your Bike From leisurely rides to challenging climbs, national parks offer riding opportunities for cyclists of all abilities. Check out top recommendations and advice from NPCA enthusiasts on where to go and what to see.
Press Release Trump Administration Action Puts National Parks at Risk, Moves to Derail Clean Water Protections Today, in a devastating blow to national parks and communities that depend on clean water, the Trump Administration calls for the repeal of the Clean Water Rule.
Blog Post Leave the Mainland Behind Plan a remote beach vacation on Cumberland Island
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 bring twenty years of experience in non-profit marketing and development to her work as Outreach Manager 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.
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 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 ›
- 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 ›