US Forest Service sets fee-free dates for 2018 to encourage new visitors

[MONTGOMERY, AL] January 10, 2018 – USDA Forest Service will waive fees at most of its day-use recreation sites on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 15, 2018, the first of six days the agency uses to provide people an easier way to experience national forests and grasslands, sometimes referred to as “America’s Backyard.”

The fee waiver program is in cooperation with other federal land management agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act.  Fees are waived generally for day-use areas, such as picnic grounds, developed trailheads and destination visitor centers.  Concessionaire-operated sites may be included in the waiver if the permit holder wishes to participate.

Bankhead National Forest – Double Springs, AL (334) 489-5111

Brushy Lake Recreation Area - Day Use Area & Boat Launch, Houston Boat Launch, Natural Bridge Day Use Area, Owl Creek Day Use, Pine Torch Trailhead, Sipsey River Day Use Area and Hurricane Creek Shooting Range

            Conecuh National Forest – Andalusia, AL (334) 222-2555

Open Pond Day Use Area

   Talladega National Forest

Oakmulgee District – Brent, AL   (205) 926-9765
Payne Lake Day Use Area, South Sandy Shooting Range and Vick Shooting Range

Shoal Creek District – Heflin, AL (256) 463-2273
Henry Creek Shooting Range and Warden Station Trail System

Talladega District – Talladega, AL (256) 362-2909
Shepherd Branch Shooting Range 

  Tuskegee National Forest – Tuskegee, AL (334) 727-2652

Uchee Shooting Range

The other Forest Service fee-free days in 2018 are:

  • Feb. 19 – Presidents Day
  • June 9 – National Get Outdoors Day, an event to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun
  • Sept. 22 – National Public Lands Day, the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands
  • Nov. 10-11 – Veterans Day Weekend

The other federal agencies – Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers – determine their fee-free schedule.

No fees are charged at any time on 98 percent of national forests and grasslands, and approximately two-thirds of developed recreation sites in national forests and grasslands can be used for free.

National forests and grasslands are working lands that provide a multitude of benefits to the American public, including contributing more than $30 billion annually to the American economy and supporting nearly 360,000 jobs. Recreation alone accounts for more than $9 billion in annual visitor spending.

Visitors are encouraged to visit their national forests and grasslands and join the year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System Act and the National Trails System Act. Both were signed into law in October 1963 and called for designation of certain rivers and trails for their outstanding values.

Learn more passes and permits

 

Federal Recreation Fee-Free Days 2018

 

USDA Forest Service, 6 days

January 15 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

February 19 – Presidents Day

June 9 – National Get Outdoors Day

September 22 – National Public Lands Day

November 10-11 – Veterans Day Weekend

Bureau of Land Management, 5 days

January 15 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

February 19 – Presidents Day

June 9 – National Get Outdoors Day

September 22 – National Public Lands Day

November 11 – Veterans Day

Bureau of Reclamation, 4 days

January 15 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

February 19 – Presidents Day

September 22 – National Public Lands Day

November 11 – Veterans Day

Fish and Wildlife Service, 5 days

January 15 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

February 19 – Presidents Day

September 22 – National Public Lands Day

October 14 – First Sunday of National Wildlife Refuge Week

November 11 – Veterans Day

National Park Service, 4 days

January 15 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

April 14 – First Day of National Park Week

September 22 – National Public Lands Day

November 11 – Veterans Day

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 2 days

September 22 – National Public Lands Day

November 11 – Veterans Day

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