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Green Friday Around Oregon Coast Means Free Parking at State Parks, Nov. 25

Published 11/17/22 at 5:59 PM
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Green Friday Around Oregon Coast Means Free Parking at State Parks, Nov. 25

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(Oregon Coast) – You could say that when it comes to state parks in Oregon, “black is the new green.” (Above: Fort Stevens, photo Oregon Coast Beach Connection)

As in Black Friday is also Green Friday in Oregon State Parks, where the day after Thanksgiving brings you free parks all day. November 25 sees Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) waiving all parking fees in the 24 parks around the state that charge them.

“We’re proud to promote this tradition and offer Oregonians an alternative to the busiest shopping day of the year,” said Lisa Sumption, director of OPRD.

It's become a tradition in previous years, encouraging Oregonians to walk off that extra turkey and holiday pies chonk outdoors instead of just in a shopping mall. From the Gorge to southern Oregon, and from the Cascades to the Oregon coastline, you don't have to pay park.

While parking is free year-round at the majority of state parks, a handful do charge a daily $5 for parking. Fee parks include popular destinations such as Fort Stevens, Cape Lookout, Silver Falls, Champoeg, L.L. Stub Stewart, Smith Rock and Milo McIver. A complete list of parks that require day-use parking permits is available online at (Fall Creek isI listed, but closed for the season).

Also free along the Oregon coast are Shore Acres near Coos Bay, Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park near Florence , Heceta Head State Scenic Viewpoint near Florence, Nehalem Bay State Park by Manzanita, and Cannon Beach's Ecola State Park.

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The fee waiver applies from open to close at each state park, except at Shore Acres. There, it expires at 4 p.m. to allow for the Holiday Lights event that kicks off that day.

Use #OptOutside and #OregonStateParks on social media to share your adventures.

This year's Green Friday coincides with the first King Tides event of the year, which November 24 – 26. Larger-than-normal tidal action may occur and the beaches may be extra dangerous, so keep an eye out for any warnings there.

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Above: Fort Stevens

Below: Shore Acres (courtesy Shore Acres State Park)

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