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State Park Entrance Passes


The state park entrance pass system works differently in each state. Many state offer some sort of pass that allows for unlimited entry at most state parks, while other offer park passes on a park-by-park basis. A few states do not charge entry fees to their state parks and thus do not offer an entrance pass. All fifty states are listed below, with a link to their official state park website and information on their state park entrance pass program. Find your state, order an entrance pass, and enjoy unlimited access to the natural beatuy your state has to offer!

Alabama State Parks

Oak Mountain State Park, Alabama
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Alabama issues annual passes on a park-by-park basis. Some parks do not issue annual passes; most of them because entry is fee.

Alaska State Parks

Alaska no longer issues annual camping passes, but you can purchase parking passes and boat launch passes. A Disabled Veteran's Annual Camping Pass is also available for free, if you qualify.

Arizona State Parks

Slide Rock State Park, Arizona
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Arizona offers a "Standard Annual Pass" annual passes that allows day-use access at all Arizona State Parks for pass holder and up to three additional adults in the same vehicle, with the exception of weekends (Friday-Sunday) and state holidays at the River Parks. A "Premium Annual Pass" day-use pass is also available, and allows park access to three more people in the same vehicle. A Disabled Veterans Annual Pass is also available at no cost. Annual passes may be purchased at any Arizona state park.

Arkansas State Parks

Devil's Den State Park, Arkansas
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Arkansas does not issue annual passes. Fee vary from park to park, some being entirely free, other having parking fees, and some having fees to use certain facilities (boat launch, swimming pool, etc.). Look up the specific park you want to know about on the Arkansas State Parks website.

California State Parks

Humbolt State Park, California
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California offers a number of different state park passes. These include vehicle day-use passes, boat use passes, and passes for the disabled, elderly, or veterans. The passes are available through California Park's online store.

Colorado State Parks

Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Colorado
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Colorado's Annual Pass is valid for a full 12 months after you purchase it, not just for the calendar year. In addition to the standard pass, there are special passes for elderly, disabled, and low-income peoples.

Connecticut State Parks

Pennwood State Park, Connecticut
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Connecticut offers a special seasonal pass that allows unlimited vehicle access to any state park or recreation area that has a parking fee for no extra charge for the entire calendar year the pass was issued. Seasonal passes are available to bothin-state and out-of-state residents.

The passes may be obtained at a park's regional headquarters, or at State Park and Forest Recreation Area entrance stations during hours when parking fees are in effect.

Delaware State Parks

Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware
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The Delaware State Parks Annual Pass allow your vehicle and its occupants to enter most state parks without paying the daily entrance fees (some parks excluded). You may purchase an annual pass at any park office, at the central office in Dover, or online.

Florida State Parks

Rainbow Springs State Park, Florida
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Florida State Parks have a general state-wide entry fee. This can be avoided with the purchase of an Annual Entrance Pass (some parks excluded). The pass can be bought online, by fax or mail, or in person at most state parks.

Georgia State Parks

Amicalola State Park, Georgia
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Georgia's "Annual ParkPass" allows free parking at any state park. You can also get discounts at 15 state historic parks by purchasing a "Historic Site Annual Pass". Passes may be purchased at any state park or historical site.

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