By Informational Post July 13, 2022

This Thursday, August 4th, is a fee-FREE day this year to visit a national park, including 15 Georgia locations! The National Park System includes more than 84 million acres, comprised of parks, historical sites, monuments, recreation areas, battlefields, and seashores.

The five Free Entrance Days for 2022 will be:

  • January 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • April 16: First Day of National Park Week
  • August 4:  Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act
  • September 24: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day Weekend

Those in search of superlatives will find them in national parks including the country’s highest point (in Denali National Park) and lowest point (in Death Valley National Park), deepest lake (at Crater Lake National Park), longest cave (at Mammoth Cave National Park), tallest trees (in Redwood National Park), and highest waterfall (at Yosemite National Park).

Normally, 118 of America's 423 areas in the National Park System charge an entrance fee that ranges from $3 to $30. The entrance fee waiver does not cover amenity or user fees for things like camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours. 

The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass gets you into some 2,000 recreation sites. A pass covers entrance, standard amenity fees and day use fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per vehicle fee areas (or up to four adults at sites that charge per person). Children ages 15 or under are admitted FREE.

Annual Pass = $80 America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass
ALL Fourth-Grade Students: FREE ANNUAL PASS through the Every Kid in a Park program
Military Pass is FREE for current members of the U.S. Military and their dependents, as well as military veterans.
Senior Pass = $80 lifetime pass or $20 annual pass
Access Pass = FREE for individuals with permanent disabilities.

How to purchase: Visit the National Park Service to find out how to purchase the pass that is right for you.

Georgia has 15 areas in the National Park Service:


Andersonville Civil War Prison & Cemetery- Andersonville
Jimmy Carter Museum & Train Depot- Plains
Martin Luther King Center, home & Ebenezer Baptist Church- Atlanta


Arabia Mountain- Lithonia
Augusta Canal- Augusta
Gullah Geechee Cultural Center- Sapelo Island and Riceboro


Appalachian Scenic Trail- Dawsonville
Trail of Tears- Echota Center - Calhoun

MONUMENTS:Fort Frederica- St Simon's Island
Fort Pulaski- Savannah
Ocmulgee Burial Mounds- Macon


Chickamauga & Chattanooga Park- Fort Oglethorpe
Kennesaw Mountain Battlefields- Kennesaw

NATIONAL RECREATION AREAS:Chattahoochee River- The Chattahoochee River offers miles of hiking, wild life spotting, river rafting "shoot the hooch", fishing and so much more.

NATIONAL SEASHORE:Cumberland Island- Cumberland Island is a pristine island off the coast of Georgia known for wild horses and the wedding place of John F. Kennedy Junior and home to members of the Carnegie family. You can go camping on the island or enjoy a stay at the historic Greyfield Inn built by the Carnegies.

There are also over 60 Georgia State Parks to explore! Click HERE for a map and descriptions of each.

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