Celebrate National Public Lands Day for free at WA State Parks

OLYMPIA, Wash. - On September 30, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites people to celebrate National Public Lands Day with a free visit to Washington's state parks. 

Day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks.

National Public Lands Day (NPLD), now in its 24th year, is coordinated by the National Environmental Education Foundation.

State Parks free days are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on lands managed by Washington State Parks and the Washington departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Fish & Wildlife (WDFW).

The Discover Pass is still required to access lands managed by WDFW and DNR on these free days.

Free days apply only to day-use access by vehicle, not overnight stays or rented facilities.

Washington State Parks will have two more free days in 2017: Saturday, Nov. 11, in honor of Veterans Day and Friday, Nov. 24, a free day to celebrate autumn.

Sept. 30 is also Bike Your Park Day, and four state parks are offering ranger-led two-wheeled tours on this day. Learn more by clicking here.