Passes & Permits

Before you plan an activity on the forest, please be sure to check whether or not you need a permit or pass!

Recreation Passes & Permits

  • Recreation passes & permits include seasonal day use passes for day use areas with fees on the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests; national interagency annual, access, and senior passes; and trail permits for ATV/OHV trails

Forest Products Permits

  • Forest products include items such as firewood, stone, and other miscellaneous products for personal use.  Collecting and removing such forest products requires a permit. 
  • Christmas tree permits are not issued on the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests.
  • Ginseng permits are not issued and the harvest of ginseng is prohibited on the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. Removing any portion of the ginseng plant from the national forest comes with strict penalties, including a fine of up to $5,000, six months in jail or both. 

 Event/Commercial Permits

  • Certain types of uses of public lands require "Special Use Authorizations". These include commercial activities, such as filming and guiding. Non-commercial uses may also require Special Use Authorizations, including organized recreation events, weddings, and gatherings.  Please contact a District Office for more information.