Saturday, September 23, 2023

Hendy Woods, Sinkyone Wilderness, Van Damme, and other Mendocino County State Parks Free for Veterans This Weekend

The following is a press release issued by California State Parks:

Hendy Woods State Park. Photo by Mike Shoys.

California State Parks is honoring the service of U.S. veterans, as well as active and reserve personnel, by offering free admission to 134 select state parks on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11, 2022.

“State Parks thanks our nation’s service members for their bravery, sacrifices and dedication in answering the call of duty,” said State Parks Director Armando Quintero. “We invite all military veterans – past and present – along with their families to visit state parks for free and enjoy the beauty of these public lands.”

Assembly Bill 150 (Olsen), signed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in 2013, authorized California State Parks to offer veterans, active duty and reserve military personnel from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and the National Guard of any state a reduced fee or free day use at participating state parks.

Some of the participating park units include the California State Railroad Museum and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park along with state vehicular recreation areas such as CarnegieEastern Kern County Onyx Ranch, and Hungry Valley. A full list of the participating park units can be found online at parks.ca.gov/VeteransDay2022. In order to enter the park units for free, a valid military ID or a California driver’s license identifying the individual as a veteran must be shown to park staff.

The park units that honor historic military sites or veterans from the Mexican American War to the Cold War include:

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Visitors are advised to recreate responsibly, plan ahead and visit the webpage or social media account of their outdoor destination to find out what is open and what visitor guidelines are in effect. And remember to safely share the road. Be prepared for equestrians, pedestrians, joggers, wildlife, etc. on the roadways. For safety tips, please visit parks.ca.gov/SafetyTips.

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  1. From a Facebook Posting by Event by Hendy Woods Community
    “We are resuming the Free Days
    On the Second Sunday of every month in 2022, the Hendy Woods Community is covering the Hendy Woods State Park’s Day Use fee ($8) for local residents from the following communities: Yorkville, Boonville, Philo, Navarro, Comptche and Elk – Know your zip code.
    Enjoy a free visit to the park on us and stroll the old growth redwood groves and beautiful meadows, hike the trails, and unwind along the river!
    Note: Day use is from sun up to 1 hour after sunset
    Want to join our great team and support your wonderful park? We are always looking for motivated Volunteers for the Hendy Woods Visitor Center, remove invasive plant species and lead forest walks! Interested? Contact: hendywoodscommunity@gmail.com

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