Recreation Passes and Permits

America the Beautiful Interagency Passes    

George Washington & Jefferson National Forests Seasonal Day Use Permit

Special Recreation Permits for Designated OHV and ATV Trails

 

America the Beautiful Interagency Passes

The America the Beautiful Passes are available online at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) website

Interagency Annual Pass

On the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, the Interagency Annual Pass covers fees at Cascades and Crabtree Falls. Learn more about the Interagency Annual Pass at the USGS Store. 

Interagency Senior Pass

On the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, the Interagency Senior Pass provides a 50% discount on basic camping fees (not hook-ups), developed boat ramps, and swimming areas.  Campgrounds managed by a concessionaire may or may not honor this pass. It provides free access to Cascades and Crabtree Falls. Learn more about the Interagency Senior Pass at the USGS Store. 

Interagency Access Pass

On the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, the Interagency Access Pass provides a 50% discount on basic camping fees (not hook-ups), developed boat ramps, and swimming areas. Campgrounds managed by a concessionaire may or may not honor this pass. The pass provides free access to Cascades and Crabtree Falls. Learn more about the Interagency Access Pass at the USGS Store. 

Interagency Military Pass

Active military personnel and their dependents are eligble to receive a Military Pass which covers fees at Cascades and Crabtree Falls. 

Veterans and Gold Star Families Fee Waiver

The fee waiver for Veterans and Gold Star Families covers fees at Cascades and Crabtree Falls.

Veteran Eligibility: For purposes of this fee waiver, a veteran is identified as an individual who has served in the U.S. Armed Forces, including the National Guard and Reserves, and is able to present one of the following forms of identification for this benefit: 

Department of Defense Identification Card (CAC Card)
Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC)
Veteran ID Card
Veterans designation on a state-issued U.S. driver’s license or identification card 
Gold Star Families:

Per Department of Defense, Gold Star Families are next of kin of a member of the United States Armed Forces who lost his or her life in a “qualifying situation,” such as a war, an international terrorist attack, or a military operation outside of the United States while serving with the United States Armed Forces. Learn more: https://www.fs.usda.gov/visit/passes-permits/recreation-fees-passes

4th Grade Pass

On the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, the 4TH Grade Pass covers fees at Cascades and Crabtree Falls for the 4th grader and up to three adults.  Learn more about the 4th Grade Pass at the USGS Store. 

HOW DO I GET AMERICA THE BEATIFUL PASSES?

Purchase an America the Beautiful pass at most Forest Service District offices, at the US Army Corps of Engineers Philpott Lake in Bassett, VA or online at the U.S. Geological Survey website.

The Supervisor’s office located in Roanoke, Virginia issues passes by appointment only.  Credit cards or checks are accepted.

 

George Washington & Jefferson National Forests Seasonal Day Use Pass

WHAT IS THIS?

For frequent visitors to day use recreation areas, this pass allows for unlimited visits to the sites listed below. The pass is in the form of hang-tag for your vehicle rear-view mirror, to be displayed while visiting the area.

  • Bark Camp
  • Phillips Creek
  • Crabtree Falls
  • Sherando Lake
  • Brandywine
  • Todd Lake
  • Cascades
  • High Knob
  • Cave Mountain
  • Cave Springs
  • North Fork of the Pound

HOW DO I GET ONE?

The Seasonal Day Use Passes are available for $30 at George Washington & Jefferson National Forests District offices as well as the Sherando Lake, Cave Mountain Lake and Bolar Mountain entrance stations. The passes can also be purchased by mail from any of the George Washington & Jefferson National Forests District offices. Please contact a District office to arrange purchase by mail.

 

Special Recreation Permits for Designated OHV and ATV Trails

Off-highway vehicles (OHVs), all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), utility vehicles (UTVs) and unlicensed motorbikes are restricted to use on designated trails only. Every operator of an ATV, UTV, 4-wheel drive vehicle, motorcycle or motorbike on trails and roads designated within the Peters Mill Run/Taskers Gap OHV complex in Shenandoah County and all trail users in the South Pedlar ATV Trail in Amherst County must possess and display a permit. Permits cost $5 for a daily permit, $12 for a 3-day permit (must be used on a visit of 3 consecutive days) or $30 for an annual permit. Permits are available from authorized vendors and from the Lee Ranger District Office and the Glenwood-Pedlar Office. For a list of locations where you can purchase special recreation permits for these two trail systems, go to:

Permit vendors for Peters Mill Run/Taskers Gap Trail System

The South Pedlar ATV Trail System information page

For more information about these motorized trails, visit our designated motorized trails page.





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