There is so much to see and explore in Washington – including over 100 state parks! Each year, Washington State Parks announces a list of free public access days.

On the following days, you will be able to visit any Washington State Park without a Discover Pass.

2018 State Parks Free Days

  • Jan. 1 — First Day Hikes; New Year’s Day
  • Jan. 15 — Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • March 19 — State Park’s 105th birthday
  • April 14  — Spring day
  • April 22 — Earth Day
  • June 2 — National Trails Day
  • June 9 — National Get Outdoors Day
  • June 10 — Fishing Day
  • Aug. 25 — National Park Service 102nd Birthday
  • Sept. 22 — National Public Lands Day
  • Nov. 11 — Veterans Day
  • Nov. 23 — Autumn day

Make plans to get outside with your family and friends, and make use of these free days!

Access a complete list of Washington’s State Parks HERE.  (I spent some time browsing the Discover Pass website and added a handful of state parks to my Washington Bucket List!)


If you’re interested in getting out and exploring Washington State all year round, you can purchase a Discover Pass.  Discover Passes are $30 for an annual pass, or $10 for a single day use pass.

PLEASE NOTE, FREE DAYS APPLY ONLY TO DAY USE (NOT OVERNIGHT STAYS OR RENTED FACILITIES), A DISCOVER PASS WILL STILL BE REQUIRED ON THESE DAYS TO ACCESS LANDS MANAGED BY THE WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND THE WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE.

Have a favorite Washington State Park? Leave me a comment and let me know!