Outfitting and Guiding

What is Outfitting and Guiding?

Outfitting is defined as renting on or delivering to National Forest System lands for financial compensation or other gain any saddle or pack animal, vehicle, boat, camping gear, or similar supplies or equipment.

Guiding is defined as providing services or assistance for financial compensation or other gain to individuals or groups on National Forest System lands.

Click on the link for the current regulations: US Forest Service Outfitter and Guide Regulations


The online bill payment system is available for those who wish to make their land use fee payment online. Please refer to the following website for instructions: http://www.fs.fed.us/billpay

Information for Outfitters and Guides

Required Documentation for  Outfitters and Guides

For Existing Outfitter and Guide and Residential/Day Camp Permittees

Information for Residential and Day Camps

For assistance in completing your application and other required documentation.

  • Pisgah National Forest,  Appalachian, Grandfather and Pisgah Ranger Districts
    Linda Randolph or Darlene Huntsinger
    Email: lrandolph@fs.fed.us or dhuntsinger@fs.fed.us
    Or call 828-682-6146 extension 111
  • Nantahala National Forest, Nantahala Ranger District
    Doris Doster: email ddoster@fs.fed.us
    Or call 828-524-6441 extension 415
  • Nantahala National Forest, Cheoah and Tusquitee Ranger Districts
    Julie Moore: email juliedmoore@fs.fed.us
    Or call 828-837-5152 extension 117
  • Uwharrie and Croatan National Forest
    Don Simon: dwsimon@fs.fed.us
    Or call 910-576-6391 extension 118

Below is a link to our National website for Special Uses.

Applications for Outfitting and Guiding, Recreation Events and Non Commercial Uses can be found at

NOTE: SF-299 form is the form to use for Outfitting and Guiding