Passes & Permits

Before you plan an activity on national forest lands, please check whether or not you need a permit or pass. Many of the facilities and services are free; however, some activities require fees or permits to help maintain, manage and improve the amenities that you enjoy.The majority of the recreation fees collected stay on the forest and go right back into improving the recreational opportunities visitors use and value the most - campgrounds, developed day use sites, boat ramps, trails, and much more.

Purchase Recreation Passes


America the Beautiful Passes can be purchased online through the US Geological Survey website. A $10 processing will be charged and passes will be mailed.

Senior Pass Application

Access Pass Application

Pass Issuance List

All Passes 

In Person

Passes are available for purchase at any one of the six ranger districts.

  • Bankhead National Forest, 1070 Highway 33, Double Springs, Alabama (205-489-5111)
  • Conecuh National Forest, 24481 Alabama Hwy 55, Andalusia, Alabama (334-708-0595)
  • Talladaga National Forest
    • Oakmulgee District, 9901 Highway 5, Brent, Alabama (205-926-9765)
    • Shoal Creek District, 45 Highway 281, Heflin, Alabama (256-369-5882)
    • Talladega District, 1001 North Street (Hwy 21 North), Talladega, Alabama (256-369-5882)
  • Tuskegee National Forest, 125 National Forest Road 949, Tuskegee, Alabama (334-439-0244)
  • Currently, passes are ONLY being sold at the Supervisor's Office on Wednesdays from February 11 - May 13th, 2024. Please contact Tamica Carter 334.679.5008 to schedule an appointment to purchase a pass. 


Always contact a Forest Service district office for information prior to collecting any forest product to find out if you will need a permit. Please remember that many wildflowers, orchids and medicinal plants found on the Forest may be listed as sensitive, threatened or endangered.

A permit may be required for group gatherings or events, filming or videography, research, mineral, gold panning, rock collecting, or long term uses such as outfitter guides, roads and water systems. Each district office has a special use coordinator who is available to answer your questions.

Ginseng Collection Special Permits

The National Forests in Alabama are not currently issuing collection permits for American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius).  The policy and federal regulations found in FSM 2409.18_87 and 36 CFR 223.219 direct forests to issue and manage permits for Special Forest Products (including Forest Botanical Products) in an ecologically sustainable manner.  Therefore, collection permits are only issued for plant products when the collection and associated actions will not jeopardize the viability of the species and/or its populations. Past botanical surveys and monitoring efforts on the National Forests in Alabama have indicated that there are not sufficient numbers of American ginseng plants available to offer collection at this time in a sustainable manner.