Fees & Reservations
Carderock Pavilion Reservations
A permit is required April to October to rent the facilities
Entrance Fees and Park Passes
Entrance fees are only collected at the Great Falls Entrance Station. 100% of the fees collected are returned to the park for specific projects. All other access to the park is free.
America the Beautiful Passes, Senior Passes, and Annual Passes may only be purchased at the Great Falls Entrance Station.
Three Day Pass
$5 - per private, non-commercial vehicle (include motorcycles, passenger cars, pickup trucks, RV's and vans).
$3 - per person 16 years of age or older when entering on foot or bicycle
Park passes are valid for the date of purchase plus two days at Great Falls Park, Virginia and the Great Falls area of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park on the Maryland side of the Potomac River.
$25 - 1-6 passenger capacity
Non-profit groups (Scouts, church, clubs...)
The commercial pass is valid for date of purchase plus two days. Please note that fees are based on vehicle capacity and not actual occupants.
Did You Know?
Transporting goods and people by canal dates back to antiquity. The lock gates used on the C&O Canal were an adaptation of a design by Leonardo DaVinci in the late 1400's. Until the advent of the railroad, water travel was far superior to land travel.