August Is National Parks Month

Camping, fishing, hiking, history, grand vistas, and horseback riding--there are so many possibilities in our national parks.

Go Local
These national parks are located within an easy drive of our area:

Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania Battlefields
Prince William Forest Park
Richmond Battlefields
Maggie L. Walker Historic Site
Rock Creek Park
George Washington's Birthplace
The National Mall & the Washington Monument

Make a Weekend of It
Wild pony running on Assateague, image courtesy of the National Park ServiceWhilst you can visit one of these in a day, planning a stayover will give your family more chances to enjoy their time together:

Shenandoah National Park
Colonial National Historical Park
C & O Canal National Historical Park
Assateague Island
Cacotin Mountain Park
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

Plan a Longer Road Trip:
Now's the time to plan for next summer's big adventures. These amazing places are part of our national park system:

The Grand Canyon
The Great Sand Dunes
Grand Teton
Crater Lake
Redwood Forest
Bryce Canyon
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail
Ellis Island
The Statue of Liberty
Acadia National Park
The Everglades
The Great Smokey MountainsIn the Great Smokey Mountains

Special Rates
Seniors, volunteers, and special needs visitors can qualify for free or reduced rates. Click here for information on the Park System's Senior Pass, Volunteer Pass, and Access Pass.

Want to learn more about our National Parks? Check out these books & videos, and visit the NPS Web site.