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Washington State Parks adds 2 free days to make up coronavirus closures

Washington State Parks added two additional free days on Sept. 13 and Oct. 10.

Hikers now have two new days to explore Washington state parks for free this year.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announced the two additional free days Monday to replace the two days that were lost in April due to COVID-19 related closures.

Visitors don’t need a Discover Pass on Washington State Parks free days. Normally, a Discover Pass costs $10 for a day-long visit or $30 for an annual pass and is required for any vehicles accessing Washington State Parks.

The first makeup day is on Sunday, Sept. 13, to celebrate Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend. The second makeup day is Saturday, Oct. 10, to recognize World Mental Health Day.

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The two days replace the free days that were missed on April 11 (Spring Day) and April 22 (Earth Day).

Free days only apply for Washington state parks. A Discover Pass is still required for lands managed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Natural Resources.

The remaining free state park days in 2020 are below:

  • Tuesday, Aug. 25: National Park Service Birthday
  • 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

Click here for a list of parks by name or region.

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