What's arguably the worst day of the year—Black Friday, where people stampede one another, sometimes to death, to purchase shiny junk on the cheap—just got a little better: Oregon State Parks on Thursday announced it will offer free admission (read: no day-use fee) on Friday, Nov. 27.
Black Friday = Green Friday!
Inspired by REI's #OptOutside campaign and the chain's announcement it will close its stores on the craziest American consumption day of the year, the parks department issued a news release encouraging people to shun the malls in favor of the forest. Great idea.
"Rain or shine, windy or not, we're thankful Oregon's outdoors are a constant source of joy," Oregon Parks and Recreation Department director Lisa Sumption wrote in a news release. "Take a break, get out, and enjoy some fresh air."
Oregon has hundreds of state parks, and most of them are free for day-users. The 26 that charge for parking can be found on this map and include Silver Falls State Park near Silverton (walk underneath a waterfall!) and Fort Stevens State Park, located at the mouth of the Columbia River near Astoria.