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Chattahoochee River NRA Will Offer Free Admission on August 25
Sandy Springs, Ga.: The National Park Service is turning 99 years old on August 25 and Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area wants to give you a present –free admission! The usual daily entrance fee of $3 will be waived for all visitors on August 25. Come to the park and hike your favorite trail, paddle in the cool waters, or fish along the shoals.
In preparation for next year's big centennial celebration, the National Park Service is inviting everyone to Find Your Park. To encourage people to discover everything a park experience can be, there is a fun list of 99 ways to Find Your Park. Chattahoochee River is a great place to try #21 –Paddle a Water Trail, #78 –Go fish, or #81 –Make a splash. You can also share your park experience with others by posting on social media with the hashtag #FindYourPark.
"Birthdays are a time to celebrate and we want everyone to enjoy their park," said Chattahoochee River Superintendent Bill Cox. "Chattahoochee River offers something for everyone, so I invite you to paddle, fish, hike or just make a splash and Find Your Park."
On Aug. 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation to create the National Park Service. Today, there are 408 national parks throughout the country and each one tells an important part of the American story. Some commemorate notable people and achievements, others conserve magnificent landscapes and natural wonders, and all provide a place to have fun and learn. And, on August 25, all national parks will offer free entrance for everyone.
The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area was established on August 15, 1978 to preserve and protect the natural, scenic, historic, and recreational values of a 48-mile segment of the Chattahoochee River for future generations to enjoy. Last year, more than 3.2 million park visitors enjoyed the site and added $128.8 million to the local economy and supported 2,014 area jobs. The mission of the National Park Service also extends beyond park boundaries. Community partnerships help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. To see what is happening in Georgia, go to www.nps.gov/GA.
To learn more about national parks in Georgia and how the National Park Service works with Georgia communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to www.nps.gov/ga. Want to visit and #FindYourPark? Check out www.nps.gov/chat, www.nps.gov/malu, and www.nps.gov/kemo to learn more and plan your visit at any of your three national parks in the Metro Atlanta area. Join the conversation on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CRNRA.