Forest Service Proposes Annual Permit Fee Increase

Contact(s): Rebecca Robbins (540) 265-5173

08/18/2018 Roanoke, Va - The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests are interested in hearing your comments on a proposed fee increase to the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest Annual Day Use Permit from $30 to $50. Revenues from increased fees are critical to help ensure recreation sites and trails receive needed improvements and are maintained for years to come. 

The permit is used to access George Washington and Jefferson National Forest recreation sites including Bark Camp, Brandywine, Cave Mountain Lake, Cave Springs, High Knob, North Fork of Pound, Phillips Creek, Sherando Lake, Todd Lake, Crabtree Falls, and Cascades Day Use areas. Annual Permit fees help fund day-to-day operational costs like cleaning, mowing, trash removal, pumping of toilet vaults, and providing on-site staffing. These fees also help fund major repairs like fixing a roof or leaking pipe in a bathhouse, or improvements like buying new picnic tables or fire rings. 

Of the recreation fees collected, 80-95 percent remain on the forest to operate, maintain and improve the facilities and programs at the recreation sites. The proposed fee changes bring the Forest fees into better alignment with other nearby private and public campgrounds, and will help the recreation sites be more financially sustainable. The last increase of the annual pass was in 2004. If these fee proposals are approved, the increase would go into effect as early as spring 2018.

A decision has not been made on this proposal. We want your input! For more information visit the Forest Service website at Use the “contact us” feature to submit a comment. Or, share your comments by writing: George Washington & Jefferson National Forests, Attn: Recreation Fee Program, 5162 Valleypointe Pkwy, Roanoke, VA 24019; or email; or call (540) 265-5100. Comments must be received by 09/18/2017