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Save Money Camping in America’s State Parks

We previously talked about saving money camping with National Park passes. Now we will show you a few ways to save money with entrance passes when camping in America’s state parks. There are a lot of ways to enjoy yourself without breaking the bank! Each state has its own system and restrictions. Before you head out on your trip, find out which policies may affect you. Most of all, see if you can save a little money visiting some of the more than 10,000 America’s state parks!

Indiana Dunes State Park by David Mark for NextRV.co Save Money and Go Camping in America's State Parks
Indiana Dunes State Park by David Mark

Camping in America’s State Parks

Some states offer passes on a park-by-park basis while others have a “blanket” annual pass available. Certain state park systems have a variety of passes and permits available depending upon what they offer. You may even find those special parks that offer free services. Let us know some of your favorites, we’d love to hear your thoughts.

Alabama

  • 35+ parks and sites
  • Entrance is free in many parks, no pass required
  • Passes are issued on a park-by-park basis
  • Regular specials offer packages and free days

Alaska

  • 120+ parks and sites
  • Annual parking passes
  • Boat launch passes
  • Camping passes for disabled Veterans

Arizona

  • 35 parks and sites
  • Annual day-use passes
  • Discounts for active military and veterans
  • Free disabled veteran passes

Arkansas

  • 52 parks and sites
  • No annual passes
  • Fees vary from park to park
  • Some free entry days and parks
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park by Clemens Teichmann for NextRV.co Save Money and Go Camping in America's State Parks
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park by Clemens Teichmann

California

  • 118 parks and sites
  • Variety of passes and discounts
  • Discounts and free passes for veterans, active/disabled military, seniors and historians
  • OHV, oversized vehicles, boat passes are also offered

Colorado

  • 41 parks and sites
  • Annual, daily and walk-in passes
  • Discounted passes for disabled, low-income and seniors
  • Miliary discounts

Connecticut

  • 100+ parks and sites
  • Seasonal passes for both resident and non-residents
  • Veterans pass for disabled veterans who are Connecticut residents
  • Charter Oak Pass for residents over 65 years of age

Delaware

  • 17 parks and sites
  • Discounted passes and fees for military, seniors and veterans
  • Delaware participates in other programs such as the “America the Beautiful” access pass
  • Corporate and group pass programs
Grayton State Park by Jena Slocum for NextRV.co  Save Money and Go Camping in America's State Parks
Grayton State Park by Jena Slocum

Florida

  • 180+ parks and sites
  • Annual pass options for individuals and families
  • Discounted passes available for military, veterans and various special groups

Georgia

  • 60+ parks and sites
  • Annual park pass (with bulk option for groups)
  • Historic site pass
  • Discounts available for military, seniors and veterans

Hawaii

  • 50 parks and sites
  • No entry fees for any Hawaii parks

Idaho

  • 30 parks and sites
  • Idaho State Parks Passport for residents
  • Annual MVEF (Motor Vehicle Entry Fee) for out of state visitors
  • Winter Park n’ Ski permits – annual and 3-day
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Fort Massac Stockade by Mike Goad

Illinois

  • 60+ parks and sites
  • No park entry fees
  • $1 beach entry fee

Indiana

  • 27 parks and sites
  • Annual passes for both residents and visitors
  • Special permits for boats and horses
  • Discounts for seniors and veterans

Iowa

  • 85+ parks and sites
  • No entry fee for state parks

Kansas

  • 25+ parks and sites
  • Daily and annual permits
  • Discounted fees for senior and disabled residents of Kansas
  • Various camping permits
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Fort Boonesborough by Almondbranch

Kentucky

  • 46 parks and sites
  • No annual passes
  • Various discounts
  • Kentucky POWs camp for free with KY POW card

Louisiana

  • 21 parks and sites
  • Annual park pass
  • Discounts for active military, veterans and disabled residents.

Maine

  • 32 parks and sites
  • Annual passes for either individual or cars
  • Free entrance for active military, veterans and seniors over 65
  • Lifetime Park Pass for Maine veterans under 65

Maryland

  • 72 parks and sites
  • State Park and Trail Passport for residents or visitors
  • Golden Age Pass
Appalachian Trail by Steve Raubenstine for NextRV.co Save Money Camping in America's State Park
Appalachian Trail by Steve Raubenstine

Massachusetts

  • 157 parks and sites
  • Annual ParksPass (Residents)
  • Lifetime Senior ParksPass
  • Free Entrance for disabled residents, disabled veterans and Purple Heart recipients with appropriate license plates and/or placards

Michigan

  • 100+ parks and sites
  • Recreation Passport available for both residents and visitors
  • No fees for resident veterans and various military plates

Minnesota

  • 75+ parks and sites
  • Annual permits
  • Minnesota State Parks and Trails specialty license plate
  • Discounts for disabled residents and military/veteran personnel

Mississippi

  • 30+ parks and sites
  • Wide range of annual and daily-use permits
Babbler State Park by Yinan Chen for NextRV.co  Save Money Camping in America's State Parks
Babbler State Park by Yinan Chen

Missouri

  • 90+ parks and sites
  • No entrance fees

Montana

  • 50+ parks and sites
  • Free entrance for residents year-round
  • Non-resident entrance pass includes camping discounts

Nebraska

  • 15+ parks and sites
  • Annual park passes for both resident and out of state visitors
  • Various discounted permits for veterans and seniors

Nevada

  • 20+ parks and sites
  • All Access Permit includes entrance and other fees\
  • Annual Entrance Only Permit
  • Senior Pass
  • Disabled Veteran Pass
New Hampshire Mountains by NHBS for NextRV.co  Save Money Camping in America's State Parks
New Hampshire Mountains by NHBS

New Hampshire

  • 93 parks and sites
  • NH State Parks License Plate offers free entry annually
  • Season passes
  • Parking passes
  • Coupon books

New Jersey

  • 50+ parks and sites
  • State Park Pass for residents and visitors
  • Discounts for seniors and disabled residents

New Mexico

  • 35 parks and sites
  • Annual Day-Use Permit for residents and visitors (discounts available)
  • Annual Camping Permits

New York

  • 200+ parks and sites
  • Several annual pass programs with various discounts
Great Dismal Swamp by Skeeze for NextRV.co  Save Money Camping in America's State Parks
Great Dismal Swamp by Skeeze

North Carolina

  • 47 parks and sites
  • Day passes
  • Annual family or individual passes
  • Senior discounts
  • Military and Veteran discounts

North Dakota

  • 13 parks and sites
  • Daily and Annual permits
  • Discounts for senior ND residents
  • Free passes for disabled veterans and former POWs

Ohio

  • 70+ parks and sites
  • No entrance fees
  • Discounted camping fees for Ohio seniors

Oklahoma

  • 50+ parks and sites
  • No passes
  • Discounts for seniors and disabled citizens
Multnomah Falls by David Mark for NextRV.co Save Money Camping in America's State Park
Multnomah Falls by David Mark

Oregon

  • 170 parks and sites
  • Annual and 2-year passes for day-use parks
  • Waived fees for disabled veterans

Pennsylvania

  • 120+ parks and sites
  • No annual passes
  • Activity fees at selected sites

Rhode Island

  • 25+ parks and sites
  • Annual Season Beach Pass
  • Discounts for disabled veterans

South Carolina

  • 47 parks and sites
  • 3 types of annual park passports offered
  • 7-day pass
  • Discounted passports for SC seniors and disabled residents
Custer State Park by Bart Juan for NextRV.co  Save Money Camping in America's State Parks
Custer State Park by Bart Juan

South Dakota

  • 56 parks and sites
  • Daily, 7-day and Annual Passes

Tennessee

  • 50+ parks and sites
  • No entry fees

Texas

  • 50+ parks and sites
  • Annual passes include camping discounts
  • Special passes for seniors, disabled residents and veterans
  • Youth Group passes
  • Restricted Activities passes

Utah

  • 40+ parks and sites
  • Annual pass with discounts for seniors
  • Honor Pass for qualified veterans
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Molly’s Falls Pond

Vermont

  • 25+ parks and sites
  • Individual annual pass
  • Season vehicle pass
  • Green Mountain Passport for seniors and veterans

Virginia

  • 38 parks and sites
  • Variety of annual passes
  • Discounted passes for disabled residents and veterans

Washington

  • 100+ parks and sites
  • Various passes – annual and daily
  • Discounts for seniors, disabled residents, and veterans

West Virginia

  • 38+ parks and sites
  • No passes offered
  • Discounts for seniors and disabled citizens
Wisconsin Dells by David Mark for NextRV.co  Save Money Camping in America's State Parks
Wisconsin Dells by David Mark

Wisconsin

  • 66 parks and sites
  • Annual admission stickers for both residents and visitors
  • Daily passes
  • State trail passes

Wyoming

  • 13 parks and sites
  • Annual passes for residents and visitors
  • Passes for day-use and camping
  • Free lifetime pass for disabled WY veterans

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