The Shawnee National Forest and other federal park lands will allow free camping during five designated weekends this year.
The U.S. Forest Service says fees for non-reserved campsites at Shawnee and other sites in the service's portfolio will be waived for the evenings of the two days before Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 20.
The other fee-free weekends are scheduled for President's Day weekend, then in June, September and November.
The forest service's chief, Tom Tidwell, says the goal is to encourage visitors to the 193 million acres of federal park land.
Shawnee campgrounds featuring the fee waiver include Garden of the Gods, Pounds Hollow, Camp Cadiz, Pine Hills and Johnson Creek.
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