Special Use Permits
Certain types of activities require a special use permit. These include many types of organized gatherings, distribution of printed material and other public expressions of opinion, and other activities that are controlled or prohibited. See the following definitions and examples to determine if your use might be included.
A special park use is defined as a short-term activity that takes place in a park area, and that:
provides a benefit to an individual, group or organization rather than the public at large
requires written authorization and some degree of management control from the National Park Service (NPS) in order to protect park resources and the public interest
is not prohibited by law or regulation
is not initiated, sponsored, or conducted by the NPS
is not managed under a concession contract, a recreation activity for which the NPS charges a fee, or a lease
Examples include: car cruises, weddings, group bicycle rides, group runs, other ceremonies, or public assemblies, etc.
Examples of a First-Amendment Activity include: a political event or Freedom-of-Speech act.
For more information regarding Special Use Permits or to determine if your activity requires one, please call 828-348-3441 or e-mail the park with the subject line "Attn: Special Use Permits."
Applications for permits should be submitted 90 days prior to the event, for consideration and processing.
Individual and Group Permits
- Special Event Permit for events such as group runs, group bicycle rides, first amendment activities, etc.
- Wedding Permits
- Scientific Research and Collecting Permits
- Agricultural Leases
- Commercial Use Authorization
- Commercial Filming and Still Photography
Short Application Form
Long Application Form