Day-use parking fees will be waived at Silver Falls and other state parks on Nov. 25. (Photo by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department)

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department’s popular “Green Friday” on the day after Thanksgiving returns this year with day-use parking fees waived in the state’s 24 parks that will be open and otherwise charge for parking.

“We’re proud to promote this tradition and offer Oregonians an alternative to the busiest shopping day of the year,” Lisa Sumption, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department director, said in a news release.

Parking is free year-round at almost all state parks, so the waiver applies to the parks that charge $5 daily for parking. Fee parks include 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 stateparks.oregon.gov (Fall Creek is listed, but closed for the season).

The fee waiver applies from open to close on Nov. 25, except at Shore Acres State Park, where it expires at 4 p.m. for the Holiday Lights event that runs Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve.

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