June 5, 2012
Get a head start on your summer fun with free admission to Shenandoah National Park this Saturday, June 9. In celebration of National Get Outdoors Day, all 397 national parks, including Shenandoah National Park will waive entrance fees.
“Outdoor physical activity is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, and Shenandoah National Park is a great place to get out and enjoy hiking on our nearly 500 miles of trails,” said Shenandoah National Park Superintendent Martha Bogle.
Shenandoah National Park will offer Ranger-guided walks and hikes throughout the day. For a schedule of programs, click here.
National Get Outdoors Day, now in its fifth year, encourages Americans, especially youth, to participate in outdoor activities while enjoying the beauty of public lands such as national parks, forests, and wildlife refuges. Nationwide, hundreds of organizations and businesses will partner with Federal, state, and local agencies to provide fun and healthy events at sites throughout the country.
President Barack Obama has proclaimed the month of June as Great Outdoors Month and encourages all Americans to share in the natural splendor of which we are all proud inheritors. Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell has also recognized June as Great Outdoors Month. Virginia has an abundance of natural beauty and numerous outdoor recreational resources that promote health and fitness important to developing a healthy lifestyle.
Shenandoah National Park will waive its $15 entrance fee on four more days in 2012 – September 29 (National Public Lands Day) and November 10 to 12 (Veterans Day weekend).
If you are planning a trip that includes multiple national parks, you might consider the $80 annual pass that provides entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and many other Federal lands – more than 2,000 in all. This America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass is offered free to all active-duty military members and their dependents. Information on these and other pass options is available online. Shenandoah National Park also offers an annual pass for the park for $30.