National parks waiving fees

ATLANTA – The National Park Service is waiving entrance fees this weekend to encourage people to visit a national park.

“This fee-free weekend provides an opportunity for individuals and families alike to take an affordable vacation or to explore a nearby park they have never visited before,” Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said in a news release. “I encourage everyone to take advantage of the free admission to visit not only our greatest natural wonders but also our nation’s historic and cultural icons.”

Fees are being waived at 146 national parks nationwide that usually charge entry fees, according to the NPS. Park entrance fees generally range from $3 to $25.

National Parks in Georgia that normally have fees include the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area in Augusta, the Cumberland Island National Seashore in St. Marys, Fort Frederica National Monument on St. Simons Island and Fort Pulaski National Monument in Savannah.

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