Free Entrance to National Parks August 14-15, 2010

All national parks, national wildlife refuges, and many areas managed by the Bureau of Land Management will offer free admission on the weekend of August 14-15, 2010. America’s public lands offer opportunities to engage in healthy, outdoor activities, whether for a few hours or a few days. Enjoy a weekend excursion to some of the great parks near Clarke County like:

Dry Goods Store Exhibit Harper's Ferry - Courtesy NPS

Blue Ridge Parkway – Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia
A drive down the Blue Ridge Parkway is slow paced and relaxing. Almost any overlook or trail will reveal much of the natural and cultural history. Explore the many communities along the route that make this region so special. Enjoy the view.

Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park – Middletown and Strasburg, VA
Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park preserves and interprets key historical sites and events related to the American Civil War and the rich cultural heritage of the Shenandoah Valley. This includes the Battle of Cedar Creek, a decisive October 19, 1864 Union victory and Belle Grove, the antebellum plantation manor house of Isaac Hite (brother-in-law of President James Madison).

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park – Harpers Ferry, WV Shenandoah Street
A visit to this quaint, historic community, at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, is like stepping into the past. Stroll the picturesque streets, visit exhibits and museums, or hike our trails and battlefields.

Shenandoah National Park – the Blue Ridge Mountains near Luray, VA
Take Skyline Drive along the crest of the mountains through the woods and past spectacular vistas. Hike in the shade of oak trees along the Appalachian Trail, discover the stories from Shenandoah’s past, or just relax in the wonder of wilderness.

Find many more great parks and details about fee free days and activities here:

National parks at http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm
National wildlife refuges at http://www.fws.gov/refuges/