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11/25/2015 08:26 pm ET

Here's A Black Friday Discount We Can Get Behind: Free Admission To State Parks

Get out of the mall and into the woods.

If fighting crowds at a Black Friday sale isn't your style, heading to a state park may be an ideal alternative. 

Following in the footsteps of outdoor retailer REI, which is closing its stores on Thanksgiving and Black Friday and encouraging employees and customers to instead #OptOutside, some states are waiving state park admission fees for the holiday. Others are offering visitors free guided hikes or prizes.

The details:

  • Arizona
    Arizonans can <a href="http://www.azcentral.com/story/travel/2015/11/20/arizona-state-parks-free-admission-black-friday/76107
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    Arizonans can head to their nearest REI store to pick up a free pass for any of the state's parks, including Slide Rock and Tonto Natural Bridge. If you want a pass, act quickly -- every REI will be closed Thanksgiving and on Friday.
  • California
    The Save the Redwoods League teamed up with California State Parks to offer a limited number of free passes to state parks on
    The Save the Redwoods League teamed up with California State Parks to offer a limited number of free passes to state parks on Friday. Most of those passes have already been snapped up, but check the list here to see what's still available.
  • Colorado
    Colorado is declaring "Fresh Air Friday," offering free admission to all 42 state parks.<br><br>"We hope this offer inspires
    ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Colorado is declaring "Fresh Air Friday," offering free admission to all 42 state parks.

    "We hope this offer inspires families in particular to make an outdoor adventure at a Colorado State Park not only a Thanksgiving tradition for their kids but a regular activity all year long," said Great Outdoors Colorado's executive director, Lise Aangeenbrug.
  • Delaware
    <a href="http://www.destateparks.com/">All of Delaware's state parks</a> will be free on Friday.
  • Kansas
    Everyone who visits a Kansas state park on Friday and posts a photo of their visit with the hashtag #myksstatepark will be en
    Everyone who visits a Kansas state park on Friday and posts a photo of their visit with the hashtag #myksstatepark will be entered in a drawing to win a stay in a state park cabin.
  • Minnesota
    Minnesota is <a href="http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/freeparkfriday/index.html">waiving admission</a> at 75 state parks and recre
    Minnesota is waiving admission at 75 state parks and recreation areas. Visitors are encouraged to post photos with the hashtags #FreeParkFriday and #OnlyInMN.
  • Missouri
    Missourians can <a href="https://mostateparks.com/blackfriday">camp for free</a> in any state park on Friday. Additionally, s
    Missourians can camp for free in any state park on Friday. Additionally, some parks will have free programming, like group hikes and bike rides.
  • Oregon
    Oregon is waiving <a href="http://www.oregonlive.com/window-shop/index.ssf/2015/11/oregon_parks_black_friday.html">day parkin
    Oregon is waiving day parking fees at all state parks.
  • North Carolina's Great Smoky Mountains
    Great Smoky Mountains National Park will offer free, guided <a href="http://friendsofthesmokies.org/news/park-offers-black-fr
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    Great Smoky Mountains National Park will offer free, guided hikes and information sessions to visitors on Friday. 

    The park, which is America's most visited, has more than 800 miles of trails. 
  • Tennessee
    Tennessee is encouraging Black Friday hikers to post photos to social media with the hashtag&nbsp;#TNgobblewobble to be <a hr
    Education Images via Getty Images
    Tennessee is encouraging Black Friday hikers to post photos to social media with the hashtag #TNgobblewobble to be entered to win a stay in a state park cabin or inn.

    All 56 state parks also are offering free guided hikes on Friday.
  • Washington
    Washington's famed <a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/washingtons-national-parks-turn-black-friday-into-green-f
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    Washington's famed national parks, Mount Ranier and Olympic, will be free to enter on Friday, sponsored by Washington's National Park Fund.

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