The East Bay Regional Park District is waiving admission and parking fees for military veterans this Friday in honor of Veterans Day, and those same fees will be waived for everyone later in the month on Black Friday.
"The Veterans Day waiver is a way for us to thank military veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice," Carolyn Jones, the district's public information supervisor, said in a statement.
"The Black Friday waiver part of the national #optoutside movement is meant to encourage the public to hit the trails, not the malls on the busiest shopping day of the year," she added. "Benefits of hiking include exercise, fresh air and time with family and friends in a beautiful natural setting."
The fee waivers do not apply to California state fees such as watercraft inspections and fishing licenses, or to concessions such as the Tilden steam trains, Jones noted.
The park district offers a range of public parks and trails in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, comprised of 120,000 acres in 65 parks including over 1,250 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and nature learning.
Jones said some recommended autumn hikes in or near the San Ramon Valley include Stage Road Trail at Diablo Foothills Regional Park (Alamo), Mollock Trail in the Morgan Territory Regional Preserve (Tassajara), Stream Trail at Bishop Ranch Regional Preserve (San Ramon), Camp Ohlone Trail in the Sunol Regional Wilderness (Sunol) and Westside Loop Trail at Brushy Peak Regional Preserve (Livermore).
For more information, visit the district's website at www.ebparks.org.