Spend a day at a national park, fee-free

The National Park Service has days each year when all parks that normally charge an entrance fee offer free admission


Dark Hollow Falls is a 70-ft cascade at Shenandoah National Park.

Photo via ShenandoahNPS

Did you know? The National Park Service offers free admission to sites that normally charge a fee on certain days each year.

If you’re down for a day trip, there are several Virginia sites participating in fee-free days.

Maggie Walker NHS site

Maggie L. Walker was the first African American woman to charter a bank and serve as a bank president.

Photo by RICtoday

There are also several national parks and historic sites closer to Richmond which do not charge for admission, including the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site in Jackson Ward.

You could also spend the day exploring the Richmond National Battlefield Park system. Pro tip: Use this map to find all the battlefield sites in the area.

Here are all the fee-free dates so you can plan ahead. Road trip, anyone?

  • January 15 | Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • April 20 | First day of National Park Week
  • June 19 | Juneteenth
  • August 4 | Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act
  • September 28 | National Public Lands Day
  • November 11 | Veterans Day
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