New and Updated Guides for Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky Mountains

While the site didn’t change much in May and June, that’s only because we were busy traveling to several parks in an EV! While traveling to attend an important EV event in North Carolina, we stopped at Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Since visiting, I’ve updated the page for the Great Smoky Mountains, and I created a new page for the Blue Ridge Parkway. A new page for Hot Springs National Park is coming soon.

Along the way, we towed a custom camping cargo trailer about 4,000 miles, which really tested the limits of our Bolt EUV. This is obviously not an ideal travel setup, but it does show that EVs, even budget ones that charge slower than others, are up to the task and people can have a good time.

Our Chevy Bolt EUV and custom trailer charging at a Circle K in Boone, NC near the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Bottom Ten Parks Now Covered

With the addition of the Great Basin National Park’s EV Travel Guide, we’ve now covered both the top ten most and least visited national parks! Sadly, a number of the parks in the bottom ten are in remote areas of Alaska and are simply not reachable by car, so they all got put together in one placeholder guide. But, there are guides for the rest.

The next step will be to make sure every state has at least one park in each state with a guide written. After that, parks will be added by reader demand and by our own interests. If there’s a park you’d like a guide written for sooner, be sure to reach out in the comments or on social media!

 

 

Updated Guides For New Mexico Available!

After taking some time to visit two national parks and one recreation area in an EV over the last few days, I made some updates and improvements!

First off, I updated Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains national parks with new information and updated photos from my visit. There’s no much more information about attractions nearby, especially on the backroads behind both parks. I have more trips planned for that area in the fall and will be adding more and updating. An important thing I added to both pages was information about the Guadalupe Rim, a great but rugged path into the area.

An image from my recent drive into the area near both parks via Guadalupe Rim Road.

 

Another important thing I did was add a page for a very underrated recreation area near Socorro, New Mexico: San Lorenzo Canyon. There, you’ll find a very nice set of sandstone canyons that almost any EV can not only get to, but drive in the bottom of!

EV Travel Guides For Top Ten Parks Now Available

We’re chugging along with EV travel guides, and now we have the top ten national parks (by 2023 visitor numbers) covered. These parks (among others with guides) are:

  1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  2. Grand Canyon National Park
    1. North Rim
    2. South Rim
  3. Zion National Park
  4. Yellowstone National Park
  5. Rocky Mountain National Park
  6. Yosemite National Park
  7. Acadia National Park
  8. Grand Teton National Park
  9. Joshua Tree National Park
  10. Olympic National Park

Our next steps will be to cover some of the least visited national parks, and then try to seek your input on what parks to cover next. Also, we’ll be starting on the first trip logs to the national parks in just a few days, where we’ll link to trips we’ve taken and work to improve the guides.

Featured image by NPS (Public Domain).

11 Parks, One Page For Unreachable Alaskan Parks, Mission & Purpose up!

I’ve been busy adding more EV travel guides to the website, including one that isn’t really a guide.

Let’s talk about the guides, first! We’re now up to 11 parks covered, now including the top 5 most visited parks. These parks so far are:

You’ll notice that I split Grand Canyon into two pages, largely because the north and south rims are so different from each other. Sure, they’re only 10-20 miles apart, but the drive from one to the other is over 200 miles and takes several hours. So, it made sense to make sure it’s clear that one is easy to reach while the other can be reached only with some extra work.

Another page I added was for the least popular national parks, and most of them are in Alaska. It’s not that these parks aren’t amazing as much as that they’re super tough to get to. ICE cars can’t even get to them, even if they’re the best four wheel drive off-roading machines. So, it made sense to cover these all at the same time so that people can see why we skipped over so many parks and monuments in that state.

The good news? Three of them can be reached by EV, so I’ll cover those soon.

Right now, I’m working on covering the rest of the top 10 visited parks, and then I’ll start working on the 10 least visited parks. After that, I’ll work on getting the rest of the national parks covered!

I also added a page describing the mission and purpose of Charge to the Parks. You can read that here.

 

Featured image by the National Park Service (Public Domain).

Four Parks and EV Travel Tips Added!

So far, four parks’ worth of information for EV drivers has been added to the map and list, and the basics of EV backroad driving is now live!

Parks added so far:

Next up is Saguaro National Park, followed by some parks further away from this cluster of parks to spread things out a bit. This project will take several months to finish, along with other plans for this site. Stay tuned!

Featured image on this post: White Sands National Park from the nearby Sacramento Mountains. Image by Jennifer Sensiba.

Welcome!

The goals for the Charge to the Parks project are to:

  • Help people understand that you CAN get to the most beautiful and fun places in America on electric power, even with an RV!
  • Prove that you don’t need to be wealthy to do it
  • Help people with nearly any EV to to these beautiful places with as little pain and struggle as possible
  • Encourage parks and businesses near the parks to invest in EV charging, e-bike, and other infrastructure needed to make the experience better

How I’m doing this:

  • Providing travel tips for people taking electric road trips to America’s parks
  • Provide vital information for as many parks as possible over time
  • Share fun and inspiring stories of people successfully visiting the parks in EVs
  • Networking with parks, affiliated non-profits, businesses, and drivers to move things forward

Want to follow or help with the project? The best way to start is by following me on X/Twitter. More options for social media and subscriptions are coming soon!