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Make the most of the upcoming three-day weekend with a free visit to a national park. Many national parks are free year-round, but not all. This year, the National Parks Service is offering a handful of fee-free days:

  • Monday, January 20: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Saturday, April 18: First Day of National Park Week/National Junior Ranger Day
  • Tuesday, August 25: National Park Service Birthday
  • Saturday, September 26: National Public Lands Day
  • Wednesday, November 11: Veterans Day

There’s a wide variety of national parks to choose from right here in the Carolinas. You’ll find great options for mountain hikers, beach lovers, and history buffs.

National Parks in North Carolina

  • Appalachian National Scenic Trail
  • Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Cape Hatteras National Seashore
  • Cape Lookout National Seashore
  • Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
  • Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Guilford Courthouse National Military Park
  • Moores Creek National Battlefield
  • Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail
  • Trail of Tears National Historic Trail
  • Wright Brothers National Memorial

National Parks in South Carolina

  • Charles Pinckney National Historic Site
  • Congaree National Park
  • Cowpens National Battlefield
  • Fort Sumter National Monument
  • Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor
  • Kings Mountain National Military Park
  • Ninety Six National Historic Site
  • Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail
  • Reconstruction Era National Monument

To find detailed information about any national park across the U.S., use the National Park Service’s Park Finder.

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