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Mark Father's Day Weekend With Free Visit To Shenandoah National Park (Locals Only)


Virginians who live near Shenandoah National Park can enter the park for free this Saturday and, perhaps, enjoy the view from Old Rag. NPS photo.

To show their appreciation for the locals, officials at Shenandoah National Park will waive entrance fees this Saturday, June 18, for residents in counties surrounding the Virginia park.

Counties covered by this offer are Albemarle, Augusta, Greene, Madison, Nelson, Page, Rappahannock, Rockingham and Warren.  Shenandoah Neighbors’ Day is an annual event held on the third Saturday of each June.

“This is a very special year for the park and our surrounding communities. Together we are celebrating the park’s 75th anniversary," said park Superintendent Martha Bogle. "We hope this fee-free day will encourage our neighbors to reconnect with the park by enjoying a day with their friends and families and getting to know their park better.”

The Shenandoah National Park Association, which supports interpretive and educational activities in the park, plans to welcome park neighbors by providing residents of the nine counties a 20 percent discount on all items in their bookstores located in the Dickey Ridge and Byrd visitor centers. 

Visitors wishing to take advantage of this fee free day and the discounts should be prepared to provide proof of residency by showing their Virginia driver’s license.


Since this is a "national" park, I would like to know what legal authority allows discounts for locals. Do locals get privileges at other parks? New Yorkers go to the front of the line for the Statue of Liberty? Arizonans don't wait years for Colorado River boat permits at Grand Canyon? Secret campsites for people of Wyoming to use when the other Yellowstone camp sites are full?

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