By PDX People
Portland, Ore. – Do you love hiking, biking or camping in our national parks? If so, don’t miss your opportunity to visit 124 of our national parks this year for free.
In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service, you will be able to enjoy our National Parks for free on these days:
Jan. 16 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Feb. 20 – Presidents’ Day
April 15 to 16 and 22 to 23 – Weekends of National Park Week
Aug. 25 – National Park Service birthday
Sept. 30 – National Public Lands Day
Nov. 11 to 12 – Veterans Day Weekend
Washington State Parks also offers fee-free days, waiving the need to purchase or display a Discover Pass in parking areas. The state parks will offer 12 such days in 2017, including a new occasion, Autumn Day on Nov. 24.
Most Oregon State Parks Are Already Free
In spite of the lure that visiting a state park for free this year will offer many people; the reality is that most of Oregon’s state parks are already free so if you plan on taking advantage of any of these free days you will have to visit any of our state parks outside of Oregon.
About Our National Parks
State or provincial parks are parks or other protected areas managed at the sub-national level within those nations which use “state” or “province” as a political subdivision. State parks are typically established by a state to preserve a location on account of its natural beauty, historic interest, or recreational potential. There are state parks under the administration of the government of each U.S. state, and of some the Mexican states. The term is also used in the Australian state of Victoria. The Canadian equivalent term is a provincial park. Similar systems of local government maintained parks exist in other countries, but the terminology varies.
State parks are thus similar to national parks,[according to whom?] but under state rather than federal administration. Similarly, local government entities below state level may maintain parks, e.g., regional parks or county parks. In general, state parks are smaller than national parks, with a few exceptions such as the Adirondack Park in New York and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in California.