5 things to know about price hike at National Parks

The price for the lifetime senior pass to visit National Parks is about to skyrocket from $10 to $80 —the first price increase since 1994.

Here are five things you need to know:

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1. The senior pass is available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or older.

2. It gets you and up to three adult companions in free to the 118 of 417 National Park Service sites that charge admission. The pass is also good for discounts on services such as camping.

3. Passes can be purchased online, through the mail or at any federal recreation site that charge entrance fees, including 13 parks in Ohio. For a list of all sites, click here. For instructions on ordering online or by mail, click here.

4. The price increase, approved by federal lawmakers last year, is expected to generate $37.6 million, which will be used to address deferred maintainence, trail upkeep and improved visitor facilities.

5. The price increase takes effect Aug. 28.

Ohio is home to three National Park sites: Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, Hopewell Culture National Historical Park and Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

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