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hiking up steep path, river in backgroiund

Beacon Rock State Park in the Columbia Gorge is beautiful and sometimes gets too crowded. (Photo: Washington State Parks)

Free days at Washington state parks, summer-fall

The next free-admission days are Nov. 11 and Nov. 27.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission added two free days to replace two scheduled free days in April when parks were closed because of the coronavirus.

The first makeup free day is Sunday, Sept. 13, to celebrate Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend, a national movement to get every Girl Scout into a state park. The second, Saturday, Oct. 10, recognizes World Mental Health Day, which supports State Parks’ participation in the nationwide “ParkRx” movement emphasizing the health benefits of being in nature.

Most state parks are open now (check this list). For visitors, officials are emphasizing responsible recreation and asking people to go elsewhere if they find a park is crowded.

On state parks free days, visitors don’t need a Discover Pass for day-use visits by vehicle. The pass costs $30 annually or $10 for a one-day permit and is required for vehicle access to state recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, WDFW and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

The remaining 2020 Washington State Parks free days are as follows:

Saturday, Oct. 10 – World Mental Health Day
Wednesday, Nov. 11 — Veterans Day
Friday, Nov. 27 – Autumn Day


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State parks guidebook has all you need to know

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About the Author

Julie Hanson

Julie Hanson is the website editor for Seattle's Child. She is a longtime journalist, South King County resident and mom to a 12-year-old girl.