Recreation Passes & Permits

George Washington & Jefferson National Forests Seasonal Day Use Pass

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

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 or in person from the North River, Glenwood-Pedlar, Eastern Divide, James River Warm Springs, and Clinch Ranger Districts. Please contact a District office to arrange purchase by mail.

America the Beautiful - The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series

Graphic of a series of entrance passesThe America the Beautiful Interagency Pass series is valid at more than 2,000 federal recreation sites and includes the interagency senior pass, access pass, 4th grade pass, military annual and lifetime passes and annual pass. 

On the George Washington & Jefferson National Forests, America the Beautiful Interagency Passes fully cover day use fees only at:

When visiting these sites, please complete the information on the fee envelope with your pass number, and display your pass on the dashboard of your vehicle with the fee envelope receipt.

Fees are waived at these sites on the following days in 2024:

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day January 15, 2024
  • National Get Outdoors Day June 8, 2024
  • Juneteenth June 19, 2024
  • National Public Lands Day September 28, 2024
  • Veterans Day November 11, 2024

Learn more about fee free days on the Forest Service Passes and Permits page.

In addition to free access to certain day use areas, the interagency senior pass and the interagency access pass provide a 50% discount to standard site camping fees (not hook ups) and day use fees, including â€‹developed boat ramps and swimming areas. Sites managed by a concessionaire may or may not honor this pass. 

Learn more about the different kinds of interagency passes and pricing on the Forest Service recreation pass website.  

Purchase an America the Beautiful pass at most Forest Service District offices or online at the U.S. Geological Survey website.


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:

Peters Mill Run/Taskers Gap Trail System information page

The South Pedlar ATV Trail System information page

To purchase a permit by mail, complete and return the Permit Order Form with your payment to the Lee Ranger District Office, 95 Railroad Avenue, Edinburg, VA. 22824 or to the Glenwood-Pedlar Office, 27 Ranger Lane, Natural Bridge Station, VA 24579.