Choose to #OptOutside on Black Friday
Want a change of pace this Black Friday? Skip the hyper-consumerism and work off that holiday meal at your favorite state park. On Friday, November 26, receive free state park entrance in Oregon and Washington.
Autumn day at Washington State Parks
Washington State Parks is dubbing November 26 as “Autumn day,” and will be waiving its $10 Discover Pass fee for the day. That’s right. Free entrance to all the state parks in Washington.
Just a short drive north of Portland are Paradise Point State Park and Battle Ground Lake. Both offer hiking, canoeing and kayaking, and lots of opportunities to spot wildlife and soak in all the awesomeness of the forest.
Green Friday at Oregon State Parks
All 25 Oregon State Parks that charge $5 day-use parking fees will be free on November 26. The day is being celebrated as “Green Friday,” to encourage people to opt outside on Black Friday.
This freebie includes lots of great parks close to home. Stroll the beach at Rooster Rock State Park; go biking or hiking at Milo McIver State Park; or partake in disc golfing at Stub Stewart State Park.
Here’s a map of the 25 parks that are waiving day-use fees:
Portland’s Best Urban Parks
If you’re looking for some more options close to home, I’d suggest heading to one of Portland’s best urban parks. Chances are you have one located 10 minutes from you home.
My personal favorite is Powell Butte Nature Park. It has expansive trails, panoramic views and an interpretive center. Best of all, it is accessible to everyone with well maintained paths, some are event paved.
There are so many places to visit that are much better than the inside of a retail store.
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