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Alabama State Parks offering free admission tomorrow on National Public Lands Day

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Gov. Kay Ivey announced that all state parks will be free of entrance or parking fees for National Public Lands Day this Saturday, Sept. 24.

Established in 1994, National Public Lands Day celebrates the importance of public lands like Alabama State Parks, wildlife management areas, and Forever Wild Land Trust tracts.

The day also promotes the important role volunteers play in supporting access to outdoor recreation for everyone.

“The past few years have shown us just how important outdoor recreation is to our health and wellbeing,” said Gov. Ivey. “Spending time outdoors can reset our minds and refresh our spirits. Because of that, I encourage you to visit any of our Alabama State Parks on National Public Lands Day and experience some of the best our state has to offer.”

Alabama State Parks is a division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) and maintains 21 state parks encompassing approximately 48,000 acres of public land and water in the state. In recent years the State Parks Division has been implementing an extensive renovation and improvement project statewide.

Included in the list of Alabama State Parks is the nearby Cheaha State Park.

“In addition to much needed infrastructure repairs and improvements, we have updated many day use areas and modernized campgrounds throughout the parks system,” said State Parks Director Greg Lein. “We look forward to sharing these improvements with our guests on National Public Lands Day.”

Alabama State Parks and other public lands are also major drivers of the state’s economy. Each year, several million people participate in outdoors-related activities in Alabama, generating an economic impact of almost $15 billion. This translates into more than 135,000 jobs for Alabamians.

Although entry and parking fees will be waived on Sept. 24, fees for park amenities such as canoe rentals and cave tours will still apply. There will be no cost for activities like hiking and mountain biking and enjoying day use areas throughout our state parks system.


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