This is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands. Find a volunteer site if you want to help improve our public lands by planting trees and native plants, collecting trash, improving trails, and more. 

In honor of National Public Lands Day, all national parks offer free admission. Plan your visit to a national park today.

When vacation time calls, look to the national parks for some of the most satisfying and least costly alternatives. Open year round, national parks offer activities across the country. For outdoor adventure or indoor discovery — try a venture into the national parks.

There are almost 400 national parks to choose from so if you need a little help picking one, you’re at the right place. Travel Tips can get you started. Park Lodging will help you find a place to sleep.

You can Find a Park to search for events and activities (see the Plan Your Visit section for each park), participate in one of the many Institutes and Field Schools or save some money and come on one of the days we waive entrance fees.  You can browse our weekly getaway series for inspiration. You can even volunteer to help us take care of the national parks while you’re here.

There’s an adventure out there for everyone — plan yours soon!

Upstate Revolutionary War Weekend
October 5-7
Cowpens National Battlefield,
South CarolinaOctober 7 marks the 232nd anniversary of the Battle of Kings Mountain, where patriots defeated loyalists in an important battle of the American Revolution. On October 6, the park hosts a dramatic presentation, “The Night before Kings Mountain.” The Spartanburg County Historical Association’s FestiFall at Walnut Grove Plantation brings hundreds of historical reenactors to the area. Call 864-461-2828 for more information.
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HawkWatch Weekend
October 6-7
Effigy Mounds National Monument,
IowarCelebrate the annual hawk migration along the Mississippi River. A weekend filled with activities is on tap for young people and for the young at heart. Call 563-873-3491 for more information.
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Glassmaking at Jamestown
October 13-14
Colonial National Historical Park,
VirginiaCelebrate Virginia Archeology Month at Jamestown with special programs and glassmaking demonstrations.
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Haunting in the Hills
October 13
Ozark National Scenic Riverways,
MissouriEnjoy traditional Ozark crafts, music and storytelling at this annual harvest season weekend.
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Adventures at Sea: Life Aboard a 19th Century Sailing Ship
Daily; 2:15
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park,
CaliforniaTake part in a guided tour of the historic ship Balclutha. Discover the hardships and rewards of the sailors who fought for survival during the treacherous Cape Horn passage.
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