Free Day-Use Admission to 49 State Parks on Friday

Gloria Sandoval | California State Parks | D: (916) 651.7661 | [email protected]
Jennifer Benito-Kowalski | Save the Redwoods League | D: (415) 820-5814 | [email protected]

Free Day-Use Admission to 49 State Parks on Friday

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Sacramento, Calif. (November 24, 2015) — Last week the Save the Redwoods League (League) announced free admission to 49 redwood state parks on Friday, November 27. Park goers must first visit the League website to download and print a Redwood State Parks Day-Use Pass to participate in this event. The pass covers admission and parking fees and must be presented to state parks staff. If there is no park staff available at the park, please display the pass on your vehicle’s dashboard.

Because of the overwhelming response, 31 state parks reached the free-pass limit. Visitors without passes are welcome but must pay admission. Passes for free admission are still available at 18 other California state parks with redwood forests.

Please keep in mind:

  • Only 49 state parks within the state parks system are participating in the Free Redwood State Park Pass Program. Most are near the coast in northern and central California, from Limekiln State Park in Monterey County to Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park in Del Norte County. The League’s offer of free admission applies only to these 49 state parks.
  • You must visit the League website to reserve and print your ticket for free admission.
  • Remember to print your pass and present it to state parks staff. If there is no park staff available at the park, please display the pass on your vehicle’s dashboard.
  • The pass covers the parking fee, but it does not guarantee a parking space or entry if the park is full due to high demand.
  • Consider visiting a state park during the off-peak hours – opening time to 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to closing time. Below are the operating hours of some popular state parks participating in the League’s Free Friday in the Redwoods offer:

Sunrise to Sunset

  • Butano
  • Calaveras Big Trees
  • Forest of Nisene Marks
  • Henry Cowell Redwoods
  • Patrick’s Point
  • Sonoma Coast

6 a.m. to Sunset

  • Castle Rock
  • Portola Redwoods

6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

  • Julia Pfeiffer Burns
  • Pfeiffer Big Sur

7 a.m. to Sunset

  • Mount Tamalpais

8 a.m. to Sunset

  • Annadel
  • Bothe-Napa Valley
  • Samuel P. Taylor
  • Wilder Ranch

8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Armstrong Redwoods

8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

  • Big Basin Redwoods

9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Jack London State Historic Park


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