State Parks add two free days for later this year

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announced two additional free days in 2020, which replace the days lost to COVID-19 related closures in April. On free days, visitors don’t need a Discover Pass for day-use visits by vehicle.

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

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The Discover Pass costs $30 annually or $10 for a one-day permit and is required for vehicle access to state recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, WDFW and the Department of Natural Resources. The free days apply only at state parks; the Discover Pass is still required on WDFW and DNR lands. 

The remaining 2020 State Parks free days are as follows:

 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

The Discover Pass provides daytime access to parks.

Overnight visitors are charged fees for camping and other overnight accommodations, and day access is included in the overnight fee.