Get Free Entry Into These North Carolina National Parks Tomorrow
For five days each year, the National Parks Service waives entrance fees to all of the parks nationwide. And tomorrow, Friday, August 4th, is one of those days. You can get free entry into North Carolina national parks as well as others nationwide. Free admission is/was granted on the following dates in 2023:
- January 16: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
- April 22: First day of National Park Week
- August 4: Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act
- September 23: National Public Lands Day
- November 11: Veterans Day
August 4th is the anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act, which was enacted on August 4, 2020. According to the Department of the Interior, the Great American Outdoors Act is “the single largest investment in public lands in U.S. history. ” The legislation established the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund to “address the deferred maintenance and repair backlog on public lands.” The fund will contribute up to $1.9 billion annually for five years from fiscal year 2021 to fiscal year 2025. The Great American Outdoors Act also authorized permanent full funding for the existing Land and Water Conservation Fund of $900 million annually.
It is important to note that the entrance fee waiver for fee-free days does not cover amenity or user fees for activities such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours. So which North Carolina National Parks can you get free entry to tomorrow? Well, almost all of the North Carolina National Parks are always free to enter. Of the 10 in the state, only the Wright Brothers National Monument charges a regular entrance fee. The park is usually $10 per person to visit, but that fee will be zero tomorrow. Other free-to-visit parks in NC include:
- The Appalachian Trail
- Blue Ridge Parkway
- Cape Hatteras National Seashore
- Cape Lookout National Seashore
- Carl Sandburg Home
- Fort Raleigh
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park
- Guilford Courthouse National Military Park
- Moores Creek National Battlefield
- Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail
- Trail of Tears
You can find a full list of National Parks Nationwide here.