Founded in 1916, the National Park Service has protected America’s mountains, forests, deserts, and other natural wonders for more than a century.
DID YOU KNOW? Wisconsin has four national park sites: two parks and two national scenic trails!
Usually, entry runs between $10 and $15 dollars depending on the park, but five times a year, the National Park Service offers free admission:
- January 16: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
- April 22: First day of National Park Week
- August 4: Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act
- September 23: National Public Lands Day
- November 11: Veterans Day
NOTE: Fee-free days get you in the park, but prepare to still pay for user fees, like those you’ll find at campgrounds, boat launches, or special tours. Click here to learn more about free entry.
Wisconsin’s National Parks & Trails
- Apostle Islands National Lakeshore: On Lake Superior in Northern Wisconsin
- Ice Age National Scenic Trail: 1,200 miles through Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois
- North County National Scenic Trail: 4,600 miles through New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota
- St. Croix National Scenic Riverway: The Wisconsin/Minnesota border along the Saint Croix and Namekagon Rivers
Don’t Live Near one of Wisconsin’s National Parks? The Badger State is also home to more than 60 state parks that span more than 60,000 acres of land!
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