National Park Service Issues Free Entrance Days

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If you just bought a car or had your current car serviced at SouthTowne Motors, you’re ready to head out on some road trips. Even though it’s still a little chilly out, you can still enjoy the National Parks or you can plan your next trip for one of the National Park Service Issues Free Entrance Days

The free entrance days include January 19 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day; February 14 through 16, Presidents Day weekend; April 18 and 19, the opening weekend of National Park Week; August 25, the National Park Service birthday; September 26, National Public Lands Day; and November 11, Veterans Day. Of the 405 national parks around the country, only 133 usually charge an entrance fee, so take advantage of the free days if you want to visit a park that usually charges.

National Parks in Georgia

National Parks in Georgia include The Camp Sumter military prison in Andersonville. This was one of the largest Confederate military prisons during the Civil War. While the prison existed for only 14 months, it housed ore than 45,000 Union soldiers. Nearly 13,000 died in the prison.

National Scenic Trail

The National Scenic Trail runs through Georgia. Otherwise known as the Appalachian Trail, it is 2,185 miles long and runs through Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont and West Virginia. This public footpath was conceived in 1921 and was built by private citizens. It was completed in 1937 and is now managed by the National Park Service, the U.S… Forest Service, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, many other state agencies and tons of volunteers.

Additional Parks

Additional national parks and areas include Arabia Mountain, Augusta Canal, Chattahoochee River, Chickamauga and Chattanooga, Tennessee (Ft. Olethorpe), Cumberland Island, Fort Frederica, Fort Pulaski, the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, Jimmy Carter’s home in Plains, Georgia, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, Ocmulgee National Monument and the Trail of Tears. The Trail of Tears runs through Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Tennessee. This is the trail that the Cherokees used when they were forcefully removed from their lands in Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee to move to Indian Territory, which is now Oklahoma.

Visit SouthTowne Motors

If you plan on visiting any of these national parks, especially a park that is some distance from your home, be sure to have your vehicle serviced at SouthTowne Motors before you leave.

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