Texans will not have to pay to enter National Forests and Grasslands on Feb. 20. In honor of Presidents Day, day-use fees will be waived at all recreation sites, according to a news release.

Presidents Day is celebrated annually on the third Monday in February. The holiday was originally established in 1885 to honor President George Washington, but is now widely viewed as a day to celebrate all current and past U.S. presidents, according to www.history.com.

Day-use fees will be waived at the following forests and recreation areas:
  • Angelina National Forest (Boykin Springs, Caney Creek and Townsend recreation areas);
  • Sabine National Forest (Haley’s Ferry, East Hamilton, Indian Mounds, Lakeview and Willow Oak recreation areas);
  • Davy Crockett National Forest (Ratcliff Lake recreation area);
  • Sam Houston National Forest (Cagle Boat Ramp, Scotts Ridge Boat Ramp and Double Lake recreation areas); and
  • Caddo and Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands (Coffee Mill Lake, Black Creek Lake and East Lake Crockett recreation areas).
The National Forests and Grasslands in Texas also waived day-use fees on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Future fee-free days will occur on National Get Outdoors Day, Juneteenth, National Public Lands Day and Veterans Day, the release said.