Free National Park Day Monday!

Ruins of St. John's Church, abandoned in 1895, at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.

Ruins of St. John’s Church, abandoned in 1895, at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.

Hey everybody! In case you haven’t heard, in celebration of Martin Luther King Day, admission to all National Parks is free on Monday! The waiver also includes National Monuments (like Tent Rocks), National Seashores (Assateague Island), and National Historical Places (like Harpers Ferry and Chaco Canyon).

Admission fees to individual parks usually run $15 and up and an America the Beautiful year-long pass is $80. I’ve bought a pass every year since college and I always get my money’s worth. Just last week, I met up with my friend Sarah for a hike at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in West Virginia. Here are a few pix from our rainy hike on the AT, which runs right through the historic Civil War town.

I hope you all get out and see more of the World on Monday! Enjoy!

Ruins with a View

Ruins with a View

An AT white blaze marker in Harpers Ferry

An AT white blaze marker in Harpers Ferry

View from the church steps

View from the church steps. Those cliffs in the background are a famous climbing spot.

Sarah carrying Oliver over the

Sarah carrying Oliver on the footbridge across the Potomac River, heading North on the AT!

About theblondecoyote

Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel writer with degrees in biology and geology and a master’s in science writing. A regular contributor to EARTH magazine, where her favorite beat is the Travels in Geology column, she has also written for the anthologies Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 and Best Travel Writing 2011. Mary is currently based in western Colorado. When she’s not at the computer she can usually be found outside -- hiking, skiing, climbing mountains and taking photographs. Visit her website at
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5 Responses to Free National Park Day Monday!

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  2. I miss Harper’s Ferry, it is still one of my most absolute favorite places!

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