Fees & Passes

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America The Beautiful Passes are now available
at the Island Ford Visitor Center from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. daily.

The entrance fee you pay at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area makes a difference! Under the Federal Recreation Lands Enhancement Act, national parks keep 80% of all fees collected and use that money to fund critical projects that improve services and protect resources. The park has been able to renovate the restroom facility near diving rock beach and install interpretive exhibits in the Island Ford Visitor Center with fee money. Learn more about Your Dollars At Work in the park.

When you park your vehicle in the park your proof of payment is a CRNRA Daily Pass, a CRNRA Annual Pass, or an America the Beautiful Pass. The pass must be displayed from the inside rear view mirror, or on the dashboard, of your vehicle making sure the face of the pass is visible from the outside.

 

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Purchasing A Pass

Planning a visit to the Chattahoochee? Then consider purchasing a pass online through Recreation.Gov using your smart phone, tablet, or home computer. Purchasing a pass online will require you to input your vehicle's license plate number. There will be no physical pass to display, compliance will be checked via your license plate. If you purchase a daily pass in advance and the parking lot is full then you will need to visit another unit as a pass does not guarantee a parking space. If you purchase a pass upon arrival to the park just scan the QR code posted in the parking lots. Below are the passes available online through Recreation.Gov that are honored in the park.

Do You:

plan on visiting multiple parks
own more than one vehicle
qualify for a discounted or free pass or
just want that hard plastic card in your hands?

Then stop by the Island Ford Visitor Center located in the Historic Hewlett Lodge! Having a hard plastic pass will require that it be displayed on your vehicle's dashboard or hanging from your rear view mirror when ever you visit the park. Compliance will be checked via the hard plastic pass. In addition to the three passes available online the following passes are available at the visitor center.

  • Park Daily Pass - $5
  • Park Annual Pass - $40
  • America The Beautiful Annual Pass - $80
  • America The Beautiful Annual Senior Pass - $20
  • America The Beautiful Lifetime Senior Pass - $80
  • America The Beautiful Annual Pass for U.S. Military - Free
  • America The Beautiful Annual Access Pass - Free
  • America The Beautiful Annual 4th Grade Pass - Free

Types Of Passes

 

Chattahoochee River NRA Daily Pass

  • $5
  • Valid for use only at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area for one day
  • Admits all persons traveling in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle (car/truck/van) and is non-transferable
  • Purchase online at Recreation.Gov
  • Purchase in person at Island Ford Visitor Center.
 

Chattahoochee River NRA Annual Pass

  • $40
  • Valid for use only at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area for one year
  • Admits all persons traveling in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle (car/truck/van) and is non-transferable
  • Purchase online at Recreation.Gov
  • Purchase in person at Island Ford Visitor Center.
 
Image of hiker in misty woods as if being viewed through a magnifying glass.
2021 America the Beautiful Annual Pass.

America the Beautiful Annual Pass

 
2021 Interagency Senior Annual Pass with image of hiker in misty forest
2021 America the Beautiful Senior Annual Pass.

America the Beautiful Senior Annual Pass

  • Cost: $20
  • Available for: U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over. Applicants must provide documentation of age and residency or citizenship. For use in all Federal Land Agencies, not just Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
  • How to purchase: Purchase in person at Island Ford Visitor Center.
  • Additional information:
    • The Senior Pass may provide a 50 percent discount on some amenity fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services.
    • The Senior Pass generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessioners.
    • Frequently Asked Questions about the Interagency Senior Pass (USGS website)
 
2021 Interagency Lifetime Annual Pass with image of Bighorn Sheep jumping stream.
2021 America the Beautiful Senior Lifetime Pass

America the Beautiful Senior Lifetime Pass

  • $80
  • Must be a U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over. Applicants must provide documentation of age and residency or citizenship
  • For use in all Federal Land Agencies, not just Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
  • Purchase in person at Island Ford Visitor Center.
 
2020 Interagency U.S. Military Annual Pass with image of hiker in misty forest.
2021 America the Beautiful U.S. Military Annual Pass

America the Beautiful U.S. Military Annual Pass

  • FREE
  • Must be a current U.S. military member or dependent in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard as well as Reserve and National Guard members
  • Obtain in person at Island Ford Visitor Center by showing a Common Access Card (CAC) or Military ID (Form 1173).
 
2021 Interagency Access Lifetime Pass with image of a soaring owl.
2021 America the Beautiful Access Pass

America the Beautiful Access Pass

  • FREE
  • Must be a U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities
  • Obtain in person at Island Ford Visitor Center by providing documentation of permanent disability and residency or citizenship.
 
2021 Interagency EKO Pass with image of kids jumping on sand dune.
2021 America the Beautiful Every Kid Outdoors Annual Pass

America the Beautiful Every Kid Outdoors Annual Pass

 

Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

Come experience the national parks! On six days in 2021, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2021:

The fee-free days provide a great opportunity to visit a new place or an old favorite, especially one of the national parks that normally charge an entrance fee.

Last updated: April 16, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1978 Island Ford Parkway
Sandy Springs, GA 30350

Phone:

678-538-1200
Use this phone number to contact the park between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. If there is no answer, please leave a message with your name and a phone number where you can be contacted. Once received your call will be directed to the appropriate person to assist you. If you should know the phone number of the person you wish to contact, please use it.

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