Entrance Fees and Park Passes
Great Falls Entrance Station, near Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center, collects the only entrance fee to the park; all other access is free. Additonal passes like America the Beautiful Passes and Every Kid in a Park, may be purchased at this location. Over eighty percent of fees collected here return to the park for specific projects.
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Great Falls Entrance Fee
Valid for the date of purchase plus six days.
Vehicle Entrance Fee - $15.00
Pass is for one private, non-commercial vehicle—motorcycles, passenger cars, pickup trucks, RVs and vans—and are valid at the Great Falls area of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park on the Maryland side of the Potomac River and the Great Falls Virginia side of the Potomac River.
Bicycle or On-Foot Entrance Fee - $7.00
Pass is for one person 16 years of age or older—entering on foot or by bicycle— and are valid at the Great Falls area of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park on the Maryland side of the Potomac River and the Great Falls Virginia side of the Potomac River.
Current U.S. military members and dependents in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard as well as members of the Reserve and National Guard. Applicants must show a valid Common Access Card (CAC) or military ID (Form 1173).
Only available for 4th grade students. Visit the Every Kid in a Park website, complete an online activity, print the voucher, and bring it to the Great Falls Entrance Station to recieve your EKIP Pass. The 4th grader who completed the online activity MUST be present to recieve the EKIP pass.
Valid for the lifetime of the passholder.
Available for U.S. citizens or permanent residents with a permanent disability. Valid for the lifetime of the passholder. Applicants must provide documentation of permanent disability.
schools, home-school groups, colleges and universities
scouts, churches, and clubs
Great Falls Entrance Fee—Commercial
The commercial pass is valid for date of purchase plus six days at the Great Falls area of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park on the Maryland side of the Potomac River. Please note that fees are based on vehicle capacity and not actual occupants.
Commercial Tour Entrance (1–6 passenger) Fee - $25.00
Plus $5 per person.
Commercial Tour Entrance (7–25 passenger) Fee - $40.00
Last updated: February 4, 2019