Submitted by the Olympic National Forest

The U.S. Forest Service will waive fees at day-use recreation sites on January 16th in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

This fee waiver includes some popular trailheads at Olympic National Forest. Fees for camping, cabin and lodge room rentals, or other permits, still apply.

Olympic National Forest visitors in January should expect winter driving and hiking conditions including snow and ice on roads and trails. Check with your nearest forest office for current conditions information.

“Our fee-free days touch on every season and serve as an enticement to new and repeat visitors to come out and enjoy their national forests and grasslands,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. “These public lands offer rich experiences for everyone, from the avid sportsman to the casual hiker or nature observer.”

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

  • Mark your calendars for the following Forest Service fee-free days in 2017:
  • Martin Luther King Day, January 16, 2017
  • President’s Day, February 20, 2017
  • National Trails Day, June 3, 2017
  • National Get Outdoors Day, June 10, 2017
  • National Public Lands Day, September 30, 2017
  • Veterans Day Weekend, November 11-12, 2017

Olympic National Forest is located on the Olympic Peninsula in the northwest corner of Washington State. The peninsula is synonymous with diversity as landscape settings range from temperate rain forest to rain shadow, saltwater beaches to snow covered mountains, and large lowland lakes to mountain tarns. To learn more about the Olympic National Forest please visit www.fs.usda.gov/olympic.


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