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NEWS: Shenandoah National Park Announces Fee-Free Days in 2021

Shenandoah National Park will waive its entrance fees on seven days in 2021. Six of the days celebrate significant national events, and all national parks will waive their entrance fees on those days. The seventh day, Neighbor Appreciation Day, is a special fee-free day for Shenandoah National Park alone. The following are all of the fee-free days for 2021:

● Monday, January 18 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

● Saturday, April 17 – First Day of National Park Week/National Junior Ranger Day

● Saturday, June 19 – Neighbor Appreciation Day

● Wednesday, August 4 – One-year anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act

● Wednesday, August 25 – National Park Service Birthday

● Saturday, September 25 – National Public Lands Day

● Thursday, November 11 – Veterans Day

“We invite visitors to come and enjoy this beautiful landscape where they have access to numerous recreational and educational opportunities. Shenandoah is a place where people can find refuge and create lasting memories,” says the park's superintendent, Pat Kenney.

Old Rag Mt. viewed from Skyline Drive in winter

The entrance fee waiver for the fee-free days does not cover amenity or user fees for activities such as camping or special tours. Shenandoah National Park’s entrance fee, which provides entry for seven consecutive days, is normally $30 per vehicle, $25 per motorcycle, and $15 per individual. The Shenandoah Annual Pass, which provides unlimited entry for one year to the pass owner and passengers in the same vehicle, is $55. The annual America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass, which is $80, allows unlimited entry to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including all national parks. There are also free or discounted passes available for senior citizens, active-duty members of the U.S. military, veterans, Gold Star Families, fourth- and fifth-grade students, and disabled citizens. Visit Shenandoah’s website for more information on the different types of passes available: https://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/fees.htm.

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