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State parks free Thursday, national parks free this weekend

A visitor to Larrabee State Park south of Bellingham shows a sunflower star found at the park’s tide pools in 2010.
A visitor to Larrabee State Park south of Bellingham shows a sunflower star found at the park’s tide pools in 2010. rmittendorf@bhamherald.com

Parks in Washington state and around the country are offering free admission to mark the centennial of the National Park Service.

Admission is free from Thursday, Aug. 25, to Sunday, Aug. 28, at all national parks, marking the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. The national park system was created by Congress on Aug. 25, 1916, and is an agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

North Cascades National Park in Whatcom/Skagit counties does not charge an entrance fee. Parking passes aren’t required at trailheads on national parkland along the state Route 20 corridor.

No day-use fee will be charged at state parks in Washington on Thursday, Aug. 25, meaning no $10 entrance fee or seasonal Discover Pass is required. Camping is not included in the free day, and a day-use fee or Discover Pass is still required on lands managed by state Department of Fish and Wildlife and the state Department of Natural Resources. State parks in Whatcom County are Peace Arch, Birch Bay and Larrabee.

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