Passes & Permits

The National Forests in North Carolina offers many activities such as hiking, biking, camping, birding, driving for pleasure, harvesting mushrooms, and gathering firewood.  Many of the facilities and services associated with these activities are free although some do require a fee or permit to help maintain and improve the amenities that you enjoy.


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:

Passes and Permits

Recreation Passes and Permits

  • Recreation site pass
  • Interagency Annual Pass, Senior Pass and Access Pass

Forest Products Permits

  • Gathering of botanical products (Ginseng, blood root, black cohosh, ramps, firewood)

Event/Commercial Permits

  • Outfitting and Guiding
  • Weddings
  • Large Group Gatherings
  • Filming and Photography
  • Recreation Events
  • Non Commercial Group Use


  • Utility Easements, Road Easements
  • Communication uses, Research