Outdoors

Hike off that turkey and pie with free Nov. 25 pass to one of 116 state parks

A limited number of free passes are available online to visit California state parks the day after Thanksgiving.

Thanks to members and donors from the Save the Redwoods League and the California State Parks Foundation, more than 13,000 free vehicle day-use passes are being made available to one of 116 participating parks. The effort is in collaboration with California State Parks.

The passes are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. They cover day-use and parking fees on Nov. 25 at parks such as Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Emerald Bay State Park and Folsom Lake State Recreation Area.

To get a pass and see participating parks, go to www.greenfriday.org. Passes to some parks have already been snapped up, especially those to beach destinations.

“We offered free ‘Green Friday’ state park passes last year for 48 parks, and the response was overwhelming,” said Sam Hodder, president of Save the Redwoods League. “We invite everyone to explore our ancient redwood forests, our pristine beaches, magical deserts and noteworthy historical and cultural sites. It’s on us.”

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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