Have a little time on your hands next Tuesday? Why not head out to a Washington State Park near you. The best part, it's free for the day.

Yes, I'm one of those folks that don't have a Discover Pass but I do love when they do free days at our state parks and I do take advantage of the free days.

You should take advantage of this free day as well.

The National Park System is celebrating its 104th birthday and the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is offering free entrance to state parks on Tuesday, Aug. 25th.

Here are the details on the free State Park day:

Day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks by vehicle.

While Washington State Parks and the National Park Service are different entities, the two agencies share a rich tradition of stewarding the lands they manage. Many state parks are located within an hour’s drive of Washington’s national parks, monuments, and historical reserves and sites.

Though most Washington state parks have reopened for day use and many have reopened for camping, the agency encourages visitors to minimize the spread of COVID-19 by recreating responsibly on free days and every day. Visitors can find out which state parks are open here.

Responsible recreation includes:

  • Staying close to home.
  • Knowing what’s open before heading out.
  • Having a Plan B if a certain park is too crowded.
  • Keeping a social distance of at least 6 feet between households.
  • Bringing personal supplies such as soap, hand sanitizer, toilet paper and face coverings.
  • Wearing face coverings in indoor facilities, such as restrooms, and outdoors when social distancing isn’t possible.
  • Packing out what is packed in.

The remaining 2020 State Parks free days are:

  • Sunday, Sept. 13 – Girls Scouts Love State Parks Day
  • Saturday, Sept. 26 — National Public Lands Day
  • Saturday, Oct. 10 – World Mental Health Day
  • Wednesday, Nov. 11 — Veterans Day
  • Friday, Nov. 27 – Autumn Day

I'd suggest heading to Palouse Falls or Mt. Rainier State Park, both places are gorgeous.

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