National parks to offer free admission

By Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The National Park Service is waiving admission fees this weekend at all of its 397 parks.
NPS said it will have free admission Saturday through Monday to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
NPS, in a news release, focused on several MLK-related parks.
“You can literally walk in Dr. King’s footsteps at Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in Georgia, the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail in Alabama or the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. – just a few of the many national parks that have direct ties to Dr. King or the Civil Rights movement,” the release said.
Other parks will have special events honoring King this weekend. The closest one to Tupelo is Fort Donelson National Battlefield in Tennessee.
A list of activities can be found at
NPS also will waive admission fees on 14 other days in 2012 – National Park Week (April 21 to 29), Get Outdoors Day (June 9), National Public Lands Day (Sept. 29) and the weekend of Veterans Day (Nov. 10 to 12)

Nearby National Parks

• Natchez Trace Parkway, headquartered in Tupelo

• Brice’s Crossroads National Battlefield Site, Tupelo

• Tupelo National Battlefield, Tupelo

• Natchez National Historical Park, Natchez

• Gulf Islands National Seashore, Mississippi

• Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail, Alabama

• Trail of Tears National Historic Trail, Alabama, Tennessee and Arkansas

• Horseshoe Bend National Military Park, Alabama

• Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, near Montgomery, Ala.

• Russell Cave National Monument, northeast Alabama

• Arkansas Post National Memorial, Arkansas

• Central High School National Historic Site, Little Rock, Ark.

• Buffalo National River, Arkansas

• Shiloh National Military Park, Tennessee

• Stones River National Battlefield, Tennessee

• Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, Tennessee

• Poverty Point National Monument, Louisiana

• Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, Louisiana

• New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park

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