Discount Camping For The Disabled


National Park Service (Federal Parks & Land)

The U.S. National Park System (NPS), Corps of Engineers (CoE), Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and a few other Federally managed land agencies offer discounted ees for entrance, camping and other activities for patrons who are disabled if they meet the critera for receiving the discount.

The National Park Service has a FREE card they have dubbed "America the Beautiful" ("ATB") for the disabled. The former card for the disabled is known as "Golden Access Passport" which has been discontinued in favor of the new card, but Golden Access Cards are still accepted for as long as you have the card. If you lose it, you must get a new "ATB" card. The card provides a 50% discount on nearly all services available (camping, swimming, boat launching, etc). The card must be obtained in person at the nearest designated office that issues them.

Note: Corps of Engineers offices are not authorized to issue the ATB card as was the case with "Golden Access Passport" due to whatever forms of buracracy that came into play with the ATB card program. Now you must find a certain office that issues them. If in doubt where to go, call your nearest National or CoE park and ask where the nearest office issuing ATB cards for the disabled is relative to your location. I drove all the way out to the local CoE park where I got my "Golden Access" card because I thought I *had* to exchange it for an ATB one (mistake on my part for misunderstanding). Turns out they no longer can issue any pass cards at all anymore. All they can do is direct you elsewhere so save your gas, don't bother going to a CoE park to obtain a ATB card.

You must provide a letter from Social Security, a written note from your doctor or another source of proof of your disability. Most state park systems do NOT accept this card with the exception of a few which I will explain in the state information section to follow. You can find more in-depth information about this free card at the following address: http://www.nps.gov/fees_passes.htm


State Parks - Discounts Legend Map



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This map is a quick reference to the policies of each state park system for disabled discounts.
See below for more detailed information about policies.




State Parks - Policies by State

Alabama (Source: http://www.alapark.com/parks/feature.cfm?parkid=22&featureid=7) Note: Some parks such as Blue Springs may have a deeper discount for seniors/disabled.



Alaska (Source: http://www.dnr.state.ak.us/parks/asp/fees.htm) Note: There doesn't appear to be a generalized disabled discount for Alaska State Parks.



Arizona (Source: n/a)

Arizona State Parks do not appear to have any discounts for disabled patrons.



Arkansas (Source: http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/camping-cabins-lodging/camping/) Note: (none)



California (Source: http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=24289) Note: You do not have to visit the office in person to obtain these cards. You may print out the application and mail it in along with a COPY of your proof of eligibility. The mailing address where to send it is on the application.



Colorado (Source: http://parks.state.co.us/ParksPasses/) Note: Colorado State Parks do not appear to have a disabled discount for out-of-state residents.



Connecticut (Source: n/a)

Connecticut State Parks do not appear to have any discounts for disabled patrons.



Delaware (Source: http://www.destateparks.com/know/fees/entryfees/goldenaccess.html) Note: In other words, DE state parks accept NPS passes as proof. For out-of-state resident patrons, there is a discounted rate for entrance and camping. For in-state resident patrons there is FREE entrance and discounted camping.



Florida (Source: http://www.floridastateparks.org/information/fees.cfm) Note: Florida State Parks do not appear to have a disabled discount for out-of-state residents.



Georgia (Source: http://www.gastateparks.org/net/content/item.aspx?s=150.0.1.5) Note: Georgia State Parks do not appear to have a disabled discount for non-veteran/out-of-state residents.



Idaho (Source: http://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/parks/passes_fees_regulations.aspx) Note: Idaho State Parks do not appear to have a disabled discount for non-veteran/out-of-state residents.



Illinois (Source: http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/Landmgt/programs/camping/discounts.htm) Note: Illinois State Parks do not appear to have a disabled discount for out-of-state residents.



Indiana (Source: http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/properties/park_rates_fees.html) Note: Indiana State Parks do not appear to have a disabled discount for out-of-state residents.



Iowa (Source: n/a)

Iowa State Parks do not appear to have any discounts for disabled patrons.



Kansas (Source: http://www.kdwp.state.ks.us/news/state_parks/park_fees) Note: Kansas State Parks do not appear to have a disabled discount for out-of-state residents. Vehicle permits seem to be a form of entrance fee. There does not appear to be any form of camping discount for the disabled.



Kentucky (Source: n/a)

Kentucky State Parks do not appear to have any discounts for disabled patrons.



Louisiana (Source: http://www.crt.state.la.us/parks/iparkslisting.aspx) Note: I wish more states would make it easy like Louisiana!



Maine (Source: n/a)

Maine State Parks do not appear to have any discounts for disabled patrons.



Maryland (Source: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/accesspass.html) Note: Application must be filled out by a physician or appropriate health care provider. Social Security award letters appear to not be accepted.



Massachusetts (Source: http://www.crt.state.la.us/parks/iparkslisting.aspx) Note: Massachusetts has no disabled discounts for camping at all.



Michigan (Source: n/a)

Michigan State Parks do not appear to have any discounts for disabled patrons.



Minnesota (Source: http://www.crt.state.la.us/parks/iparkslisting.aspx) Note: Minnesota State Parks do not appear to have any disabled discounts for out-of-state residents.



Mississippi (Source: http://www.mississippi.gov/ms_sub_sub_template.jsp?Category_ID=40)

Mississippi State Parks do not appear to have any discounts for disabled patrons.



Missouri (Source: http://www.mostateparks.com/camprates.htm) Note: Discount ranges from $1 to $4 off, depending on what type of campsite you get.



Montana (Source: http://fwp.mt.gov/insidefwp/ctb/feeexemption.html) Note: Montana State Parks do not appear to have any disabled discounts for out-of-state residents.



Nebraska (Source: http://www.ngpc.state.ne.us/parks/permits/permits.asp) Nebraska State Parks do not appear to have any discounts for disabled patrons.



Nevada (Source: http://parks.nv.gov/gen.htm#DIS) Note: Nevada seems to only discount those with handicapped license plates or placards.



New Hampshire (Source: http://www.nh.gov/nhveterans/bene.html#state) Note: In other words, free day-use only (not camping or other services) for veterans who became disabled durring their service duty. No other disabled discounts for non-veterans or out-of-state veterans.



New Jersey (Source: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/parkform.pdf) Note: New Jersey State Parks do not appear to have any disabled discounts for out-of-state residents.



New Mexico (Source: http://www.dvs.state.nm.us/pdfs/hb210-presser-070207.pdf) Note: New Mexico State Parks do not appear to have any disabled discounts for out-of-state veterans or residents.



New York (Source: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7783.html) Note: New York State Parks do not appear to have any disabled discounts for out-of-state veterans or residents.



North Carolina (Source: http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/faq/main.php)

North Carolina State Parks do not appear to have any discounts for disabled patrons.



North Dakota (Source: http://parkrec.nd.gov/Parks/Fees.htm) Note: North Dakota State Parks do not appear to have any disabled discounts for out-of-state veterans or residents.



Ohio (Source: http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/parks/faq/tabid/84/Default.aspx) Note: Ohio State Parks do not appear to have any disabled discounts for out-of-state residents or veterans.



Oklahoma (Source: http://www.oklahomaparks.com/faq.asp#8) Note: (none)



Oregon (Source: http://www.oregon.gov/OPRD/PARKS/fee_waivers.shtml) Note: Oregon State Parks do not appear to have any disabled discounts for non-veterans.



Pennsylvania (Source: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findinfo/prices_camp.aspx) Note: [none]



Rhode Island (Source: http://www.riparks.com/access.htm) Note: No discounts on camping, only free entrance and parking at parks (and something to do with golf) that the park normally charges for. See "source" link above for more information.



South Carolina (Source: http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/park-finder/parksfaq.aspx#Question5)

5. What is your discount policy for Senior Citizens, Blind & Disabled citizens? South Carolina residents who are at least 65 years of age, legally blind or disabled, qualify for certain rate reductions. Proof of age or disability is required. 6. Do out-of-state Senior Citizens, Blind or Disabled citizens receive any discounts? Note: (none)



South Dakota (Source: http://www.sdgfp.info/parks/General/Regulations.htm#Fees) Note: South Dakota State Parks do not appear to have any disabled discounts for non-veterans nor out-of-state veterans.



Tennessee (Source: http://www.tennessee.gov/environment/parks/FAQs.shtml#discounts) Note: You may wish verify what is considered "satisfactory proof of such disability" for the park you wish to visit.



Texas (Source: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/parkinfo/passes/) Note: Your can obtain your Texas State Parklands Passport at any Texas State Park, any Texas Parks & Wildlife regional law enforcement office or by calling toll-free 1-800-895-4248 (option: License Sales).



Utah (Source: https://secure.utah.gov/parkspass/permit.html) Note: Utah State Parks do not appear to have a disabled discount for mentally disabled in-state residents nor any discounts for out-of-state residents.



Vermont (Source: http://www.vtstateparks.com/)

Vermont State Parks do not appear to have any discounts for disabled patrons.



Virginia (Source: http://www.vtstateparks.com/) Note: Only good for free admission (entrance) and parking, not camping or other services.



Washington (Source: http://www.vtstateparks.com/) Note: Unsure if Social Security award letters are valid proof. Call a State Park office to verify. There does not appear to be any disabled discounts for out-of-state patrons.



West Virginia (Source: http://www.wvstateparks.com/lodging/camping.htm#discounts) Note: West Virginia State Parks do not appear to have any disabled discounts for out-of-state patrons.



Wisconsin (Source: n/a)

Wisconsin State Parks do not appear to have any discounts for disabled patrons.



Wyoming (Source: http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2003/introduced/sf0084.pdf) Note: Wyoming State Parks do not appear to have any discounts for out-of-state veteran or non-veteran disabled patrons.