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Fort Flagler State Park offers beaches, camping, rental homes and lots of history. (Photo: Washington State Parks)

Washington State Parks are free on these 12 days in 2021

Your chance to explore great places without paying the fee.

State parks free days 2021: It normally costs $10 a day or $30 a year to use Washington’s more than 100 state parks, but the law that established that fee (the money helps to maintain the parks) also mandated the creation of 12 days a year when no fee would be charged.

Without further ado, here are the free days for 2021:

Friday, Jan. 1 — First Day Hikes; New Year’s Day
Monday, Jan. 18 — Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Friday, March 19 — State Parks’ 108th birthday
Saturday, April 3 — Springtime free day
Thursday, April 22 — Earth Day
Saturday, June 5 — National Trails Day
Saturday, June 12 — National Get Outdoors Day
Sunday, June 13 — Free Fishing Day
Wednesday, Aug. 25 — National Park Service birthday
Saturday, Sept. 25 — National Public Lands Day
Thursday, Nov. 11 — Veterans Day
Friday, Nov. 26 — Autumn free day

A couple of things to keep in mind: The free days do not apply to Sno-Parks, for which a separate Sno-Park permit is needed. Also, lands managed by the Washington departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) are not free on those days. Here’s more on what the Discover Pass does cover and how to get one.

Note: Published December 2020

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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.