In recognition of National Public Lands Day, Alabama state parks will waive day-use fees on Saturday (Sept. 29).

Participating parks include those operated by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Locations and directions are found at www.alapark.com.

Day-use fees average $1 to $3 per person at most state parks. Fees for park amenities such as canoe rentals and cave tours will still apply, but there will be no cost for activities like hiking, biking, bird-watching or geocaching.

Parks Director Greg Lein says that National Public Lands Day was designated to recognize all that our public lands have to offer.

“If there are people who have never visited a state park, this would be a great time to gather the family, pack a picnic lunch and spend a day enjoying the outdoors,” he said.

“Since our state parks are dependent on user fees to operate — not state taxes — we hope that people will come back another time and pay the nominal entrance fee to visit a park.”