Forest Service waives fees June 2 & 9 for National Trails Day, Get Outdoors Day

A family is seated on a hilltop, overlooking the Columbia River and surrounding portions of the Columbia River Gorge.

PORTLAND, Ore. – May 31, 2018 – The USDA Forest Service will waive fees at day-use recreation sites in Oregon and Washington on Saturday, June 2 for National Trails Day and Saturday, June 9, in recognition of National Get Outdoors Day.

Celebrated annually on the first Saturday in June, National Trails Day is the country’s largest celebration of trails. National Trails Day events will take place in every state across the country and will include hikes, biking and horseback rides, paddling trips, birdwatching, geocaching, gear demonstrations, stewardship projects and more. National Trails Day is also an opportunity to give back by volunteering on trail projects. Visit the National Trails Day webpage or contact your nearest national forest to find volunteer opportunities near you.

National Get Outdoors Day encourages Americans, particularly youth, to seek healthy, active outdoor lives and embrace our parks, forests, refuges, and other public lands and waters.

“The Pacific Northwest is blessed with incredible natural beauty and world-class recreation opportunities,” said Regional Forester Jim Peña. “Whatever your interest or skill level, there’s something for everyone, so get outdoors and enjoy your public lands!”

The fee waivers include many picnic areas, boat launches, trailheads, and visitor centers. Concession operations will continue to charge fees unless the permit holder wishes to participate. Fees for camping, cabin rentals, heritage expeditions, or other permits still apply.

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

The USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region manages more than 24,000 miles of trails enjoyed by many different users. In 2017, Forest Service volunteers contributed more than 255,000 hours of service to trails work in national forests across Oregon and Washington. These volunteer contributions helped the Forest Service accomplish half of the Region’s trail accomplishments in 2017.

Each year, national forests in the Pacific Northwest receive over 15 million visitors, who spend approximately $738 million annually in communities near national forests. This spending supports approximately 6,080 year-long jobs, many in rural communities, and approximately $210 million in labor income for businesses and employees.

Mark your calendars for additional USDA Forest Service fee-free days this fall:

  • Sept. 22, 2018: National Public Lands Day
  • Nov. 11 – 12, 2018: Veterans Day Weekend

To find a hiking trail or recreation site near you, visit our interactive recreation map.

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