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Posted at 1:16 PM ET, 08/13/2010

Free admission to U.S. National Parks

By Washington Post editors

The weekend could be among the coolest we've had this summer, so maybe it's a chance to get out and enjoy nature. Thought about touring a nearby national park? Well, hey, you're in luck. (HT to Frugal Friends in Northern Virginia for this post.)

This weekend is free admission weekend at more than 100 National Parks throughout the U.S. Now, it might be a bit of a stretch to drive to say, Death Valley in a weekend, but there are plenty of parks in Maryland and Virginia, including the Antietam National Battlefield and the Shenandoah National Park that are participating.

Here's a list below of parks in our area that are participating, as well as a link to more information.


  • Antietam National Battlefield
  • Assateague Island National Seashore
  • Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
  • Fort McHenry NM and Historic Shrine National Monument
  • Fort Washington Park
  • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
  • Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site
  • Fort Necessity National Battlefield
  • Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
  • Johnstown Flood National Memorial
  • Steamtown National Historic Site
  • Valley Forge National Historical Park


  • Appomattox Court House National Historical Park
  • National Memorial
  • Assateague Island National Seashore
  • Colonial National Historical Park
  • George Washington Birthplace National Monument
  • George Washington Memorial Parkway's Great Falls Park
  • Manassas National Battlefield Park
  • Petersburg National Battlefield
  • Prince William Forest Park
  • Shenandoah National Park
West Virginia
  • Harpers Ferry National Park

If you're curious, here's a full list of participating national parks.

By Washington Post editors  | August 13, 2010; 1:16 PM ET
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