State Parks to Honor Veterans by Offering Free Admission

by Lynn McMillen
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Montgomery, Ala. – In honor of Veterans Day, Alabama State Parks will waive the entrance fee for veterans at all of its 22 state parks on Saturday and Sunday, November 10 and 11. Anyone who indicates they are a veteran will be admitted into the park day-use areas without charge. No identification will be required.

Veterans have been leaders in the development of state parks and other public lands across the country. Several of Alabama’s state parks were developed with help from the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), which employed numerous veterans. For example, DeSoto State Park is deeply steeped in CCC history. Some of the DeSoto cabins were built by the CCC with materials sourced from a quarry that can be viewed from one of the park’s hiking trails.

“Many of our historic park leadership benefited from the military experience associated with our veterans,” said Greg Lein, Alabama State Parks Director. “Our parks and public lands are places for reflection and serenity, and they stand as a tribute to those who have served our great nation.”

N. Gunter Guy Jr., Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources commissioner, echoes Lein’s salute. “We are deeply grateful to our veterans for their selfless service to the country,” he said. “This is a small tribute to those who have given us the freedom we enjoy.”

Alabama’s 22 state parks are conveniently located throughout the state. From the mountain ranges of the north, to the beaches of Gulf State Park, recreational options abound including lodges, camping, golfing, fishing, boating, hiking, biking, swimming and much more. For more information about Alabama State Parks, visit

Several of Alabama’s state parks have benefited from land additions through purchases by the Forever Wild Land Trust. Those additions directly benefit Alabama State Parks through additional access to public recreational lands. Alabama State Parks and Forever Wild lands are available to all citizens, many of whom rely on public lands for recreational activities to support a healthy lifestyle.



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