You Can Visit These California State Parks For Free This Weekend

Thanks to REI’s #OptOutside campaign for Black Friday, many California State Parks have opened their doors for free for the weekend. Can you image a better way to spend the weekend after Thanksgiving? Forget about shopping, the stores will always be there–you have another month to do that. Instead, pack up your hiking gear and enjoy the beautiful outdoors this weekend. And lucky for San Franciscans, you don’t have to travel too far to get there.

For many of the parks below, passes are handed out on a first come, first serve basis with one being issued per car. If you decide to #OptOutside, California State Parks ask that you upload your photos on social media using the hashtags #GreenFriday or #CAStateParks and you’ll be automatically entered in their social media contest.

Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Immerse yourself under the beauty of Northern California’s redwoods. Big Basin is located in the heart of the Santa Cruz mountains; just a 65-mile drive from San Francisco. With more than 80 miles of trails within the park, visitors can see some of the oldest redwoods that stand as tall as the Statue of Liberty. Some are 1,000-2,000 years old.

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Mount Tamalpais State Park

Right across the San Francisco Bay lies the foggy, mysterious, but ever-so-beautiful rolling hills surrounding Mt. Tam. Located in Marin County, outdoor-enthusiasts can find magical redwood groves, open grasslands, and a unique panorama view of the Bay Area.

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Henry Coe W. State Park

Henry Coe State Park is the largest state park in Northern California. Located in Santa Clara and Stanilaus Counties, visitors can experience a vast and diverse terrain. While hiking one of its many and beautiful trails, you may encounter steep canyons and lofty ridges. And if you’re lucky, you may even spot a Mountain Lion!

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Portola Redwoods State Park

Portola Redwoods State Park is known for its dramatic redwood drops and beautifully shaded redwood forests. This weekend, the park is hosting free tours to educate visitors on the complexities of the redwood trees. Portola Redwoods State Park is located in the South Bay near Silicon Valley.

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Lake Oroville State Park

If you’re up for more of a relaxing weekend trek, Lake Oroville State Park is a good destination to consider. Spend a night camping by the lake, fishing by the pier, or simply enjoying the vast and bright stars at night. Lake Oroville was formed by the tallest earth-filled dam in the country. The park is about a three-hour drive east from San Francisco.

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What are you waiting for? Enjoy the outdoors this weekend, we will! Enjoy.