National Public Lands Day Means FREE NPS Entry

Shenandoah National Park

You may think the best part about National Public Lands Day is FREE National Park Entrance — and you’d be right!

But this annual commemoration, established in 1994 and held annually on the fourth Saturday in September, is also about celebrating volunteer efforts.

The day is meant to inspire environmental stewardship as well as encourage the use of open space for education, recreation, and health benefits.

So get out there and enjoy fee-free entry on 9/23.

The closest national parks to DC with entrance fees are Great Falls Park, Prince William Forest Park, Shenandoah National Park, and Harper’s Ferry — but on this day, all parks throughout the country are free for a day of exploring. Go explore!