Recreation Passes & Permits

Passes: Interagency Pass PictureMany recreation activities in the Allegheny National Forest are available at no cost to the recreational user.

Where developed recreation areas are concerned, however, there is a cost to operating these areas that is recouped through the use of day use fees. 

To provide an affordable alternative for frequent visitors to the forests, or for folks who make their National Forests a destination for a week's vacation, we offer a variety of recreational passes and permits that help you save money on day use fees.


Anyone who rides a motorized vehicle on the ANF designated motorized trail system is required to purchase an ATV/Trail permit.

Permit Type Who Can Buy Price How Long is it Good For?
Yearly/Annual Anyone $35.00 Jan 1 to Dec 31
Day Anyone $10/day One (1) day

Day Pass NOTE: Day Permits can be purchased up to 2 weeks (14 days) ahead of planned date to ride. If you do not ride on the day the pass was punched, there are NO exchanges or returns.

Where to Buy ATV/OHV Passes


How to Buy Recreation Passes

For your convenience, there are three ways to purchase a recreation pass.

  • Order Interagency Passes through the U.S. Geological Survey online or by phone (888) 275-8747.

  • Order any pass by calling any Allegheny National Forest office.

  • Interagency Passes can be purchased from other federal agencies. Find one near you.

Annual Passes

Forest and Interagency passes are good for one (1) year.

  • Annual Forest Passes- Only good on the Allegheny National Forest
  • Interagency Passes - Good at any Forest Service, National Park, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and US Fish and Wildlife Service sites that charge an entrance or standard amenity fee


Lifetime Passes

Available passes that are good for the lifetime of the passholder.


Day Passes

Day Use passes are good for one day at sites that charge a day-use fee.


Recreation Enhancement Act (REA) benefits visitors to federal public lands by

Ninety-five percent of fees paid through the Recreation Enhancement Act stay local to help the Forest maintain high quality recreation facilities and trails and:

  • increased field patrols by wilderness rangers/portage crews;
  • wilderness maintenance for trails, portages, campsites; increased visitor contact by interpreters and other education projects;
  • area-specific maps, brochures, travel planners, etc.;
  • specific campsite cleanup and human waste removal;
  • special field projects like boardwalks, weed removal, campsite restoration;
  • volunteers supporting the wilderness program;
  • administration of outfitter guides and cooperators;
  • wilderness character monitoring and possible mitigation actions;
  • safety advisories & training (blow down events, fires, etc.);
  • maintenance of entry point facilities (kiosks) and access to entry points (ramps);
  • permit reservation system support;
  • support of emergency medical and rescue services; and special orders, like fire, or other emergency closures.