Visitors will enjoy free admission at the 401 national parks across America during National Park Days, April 19-20, 2014. National Park Days kickoff National Park Week, which takes place from April 19-27, 2014.
The theme for this year’s National Park Week invites visitors to “Go Wild” for history, nature, culture, wildlife, and fun in America’s national parks. Additional information, including a list of National Park Week events nationwide can be found at the National Park Service website above.
The fee waiver includes entrance, commercial tour and transportation entrance fees. Fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and those collected by third parties are not included.
Using the resources on the National Park Week website, visitors can plan park experiences based on their specific interests.
A calendar of events includes many special National Park Week programs, including National Junior Ranger Day activities on April 26.
Young visitors can take part in family-friendly activities and be sworn in as junior rangers at many parks. Visitors using the website can also share national park photos, videos, and tips, and learn about all the ways to help support national parks all year.
National Park Week also offers many opportunities for the public to explore local parks, trails, and architectural gems sustained by National Park Service programs
In Virginia, visitors can enjoy exploring during the weekend at eight national parks: Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, Assateague Island National Seashore, Colonial National Historical Park, George Washington Memorial Parkway's Great Falls Park, Manassas National Battlefield Park, Petersburg National Battlefield, Prince William Forest Park and Shenandoah National Park.
Visit Virginia.org for information about the national parks located in Virginia. Here are some of the views you may enjoy in Virginia's national parks this weekend.
Shenandoah National Park Hiking
Skyline Drive is the 105-mile Scenic Byway in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Skyline Drive meets the Blue Ridge Parkway near Waynesboro. There are many hiking trails to enjoy throughout the Shenandoah National Park.
Assateague Island National Seashore
The pace of life slows down on Assateague Island. Explore sandy beaches, salt marshes, maritime forests and coastal bays. You'll feel rested and relaxed after spending time at the seashore.
Shenandoah National Park and the Appalachian Trail
Shenandoah National Park has over 500 miles of trails, including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail. If you have been planning to section hike the AT, this is a good time to start. Some trails lead to a waterfall or viewpoint; others travel deep into the forest and wilderness.
Great Falls National Park
Explore history and nature at Great Falls National Park, which is located in Virginia and Maryland. At Great Falls, the Potomac River builds up speed as it falls over a series of jagged rocks to flow through Mather Gorge. The Patowmack Canal offers a glimpse into the early history of this country. Great Falls Park is located 15 miles from Washington, D.C.
Appomattox Court House National Historic Park
Appomattox Court House National Historic Park is where our country was reunited to end the Civil War. On April 9, 1865, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox Court House. Walk through the historic site and learn more about our country's history. Other Civil War National Parks in Virginia include Manassas National Battlefield Park and Petersburg National Battlefield.