‘Fee Free Weekends’ during National Park Week

WASHINGTON — Saturday, April 15 marks the beginning of National Park Week, a weeklong celebration of America’s natural treasures. And to make it more accessible for people to get out and explore  the national parks, admission to every national park will be free until April 23.

There are more than 400 national parks throughout the nation, and only 117 of them charge an entrance fee. According to NPS, the fee waiver includes entrance fees, commercial tour fees and transportation entrance fees. Reservation, camping, tours, concessions and third party fees are not included.

Participating parks in Maryland:
Antietam National Battlefield
Assateague Island National Seashore
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
Fort Washington Park
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park (in West Virginia)

Participating parks in Virginia:
Assateague Island National Seashore
Colonial National Historical Park
George Washington Memorial Parkway’s Great Falls Park
Prince William Forest Park
Shenandoah National Park

The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation have partnered this year to bring National Park Week celebrations. Other activities this week include Junior Ranger Day, Earth Day and Park Rx Day.

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