National Park Service in 98 years old on Monday Aug. 25

Great Smoky Mountains National Park will celebrate the 98th birthday of the National Park Service on Monday, August 25. There will be many ranger-led programs at park visitor centers. Of course, you can enjoy exploring the park along a scenic roadway, trail, or river on your own.

This is like a practice run for the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. On Monday, August 25, all park entrances in all parks will be free. There are just two more entrance-fee-free days this year: September 27, to mark National Public Lands Day, and November 11, Veterans Day.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Acting Superintendent Cindy MacLeod said “We look forward to the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016.”

Most units of the park system don’t charge fees, and that includes the Smokies. Just 133 of the 401 units have entrance fees.

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