The U.S. Forest Service has joined other federal agencies in offering four fee-free days on public lands in 2013, beginning with Martin Luther King Jr. Day last month. Forest Service lands offer something for everyone, from casual hiking to thrill-seeking recreation, with opportunities and programs for children through Discover the Forest, becoming a Junior Snow Ranger, and more.
“Fee-free days are an ideal time to recapture your youth by taking your family to the outdoors,” said Robin Morgan, deputy director of the agency’s Recreation, Heritage and Volunteer Resources. “More importantly, it’s an ideal time to introduce the young people in your life to an exceptional experience they’ll remember forever.”
The remaining 2013 fee-free days are: June 8, National Get Outdoors Day • Sept. 28, National Public Lands Day • Nov. 9-11, Veterans Day Weekend
Traditionally, fees are not charged on 98% of national forests and grasslands, and approximately two-thirds of developed recreation sites in national forests and grasslands can be used for free, including for camping and picnicking. Of the approximately 17,000 developed recreation sites operated nationwide by the Forest Service, approximately 6,000 require recreation fees which are used for visitor services, repairs, replacements, and maintenance.
Concessionaires who operate campgrounds and other amenities may choose whether to participate in the fee-free days. Contact your favorite campground for more information.