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Want to check out one on the cheap this summer? Pick a fee-free weekend to go, and you won’t need to pay entrance fees, commercial tour fees, or transportation entrance fees to visit more than 100 national parks.
Fee-free weekends at national parks will take place on the following dates:
- September 25
- November 11
And Georgia’s State Parks are participating in this Saturday’s free day, too, as part of National Public Lands Day; they’re waiving the $5 parking fee as well as the admission fees at the historic sites.
Not all national parks charge a fee. For instance, at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park in GA, we can hike up & around the mountain and park for free year-round. To make the most of September 25th’s deal, plan to spend the day at one that typically charge a fee.
Can’t make it? Take advantage of one of the other ways to visit state parks free of charge:
- Wednesdays are free days at all of Georgia’s State Parks, which means that you can skip the $5 parking fee & spend the day hiking the trails, fishing, & generally enjoying being outdoors. You won’t have to drive far to get there, either, as Sweetwater Creek, Panola Mountain, Red Top Mountain, & Fort Yargo are all state parks. We love the trails at Red Top—there’s a good mix, and it’s not too intense for our little ones (they’ve been wandering up & down those hills since they were toddlers).
- Have a library card? You can use it to check out a packet that includes free passes to Georgia State Parks and State Historic Sites. I will definitely be taking advantage of this deal in the coming weeks—Etowah Indian Mounds, Amicalola Falls, and the Dahlonega are among the parks & attractions included in the packet.