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Get outside for the Great American Outdoors Act anniversary

Explore Great Smoky Mountains National Park with no fee or visit an outdoor fav closer to home.

a path through ferns in great smoky mountains national park

The anniversary is a great excuse to explore national parks — and local ones too.

On Aug. 4, 2020, the Great American Outdoors Act was passed to support infrastructure and recreation in national parks and other public lands and to make sure that the beauty of these spaces is preserved for visitors. The Act’s anniversary, this Friday, Aug. 4, is on the list of fee-free days for national parks.

We’d agree it seems like something worth celebrating. Our own Blue Ridge Parkway is always worth a trip, but since it doesn’t charge entrance or parking fees, consider making the trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The Oconaluftee Visitor Center, near Cherokee, NC, is the main western visitor center and just over an hour from Asheville. Before you set out for outdoor exploration, stop by the bookstore, shop, and Mountain Farm Museum.

Not up for the drive? Celebrate the outdoors a little closer to home at one of Asheville’s parks.

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