ILWACO, Wash. — The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has a state parks “free day,” in honor of the birthday of the National Park Service, established Aug. 25, 1916. Day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks.

Discover Pass legislation provided that state parks could designate up to 12 free days each year when the pass would not be required to visit. Free days apply only to day use, not overnight stays or rented facilities, and the Discover Pass is still required to access lands managed by the Washington departments of Natural Resources and Fish & Wildlife on those days.

Washington State Parks will have two more free days in 2014: Sept. 27, in recognition of National Public Lands Day and Nov. 11, in honor of Veterans Day.

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