Special Park Uses
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 information below.
Temporary Hold on Special Use Permits on Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, Station Road Bridge to Lock 29
Due to the number of large-scale restoration projects beginning in 2019, the park will not be issuing Special Use Permits for events utilizing the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail between Station Road Bridge and Lock 29. This also includes the entire vicinity of Station Road Bridge and Boston. For additional information about these projects please visit nps.gov/cuva/river-renewal-underway.htm.
Fees and Restrictions
Application Fee and Cost Recovery
The following are examples of charges you may incur as a part of the permitting process.
Permits will not be issued on the following dates:
Organized running events and other large groups requesting trail use will only be permitted on the following trails:
No permits will be issued at the following locations:
No events will be permitted at Brandywine Falls or on the Brandywine Gorge Trail on weekends, holidays, or during the month of October.
Weddings and Wedding Photography Permits
We offer a variety of lovely settings for weddings. For weddings or wedding photos you must obtain a Special Use Permit. For more information contact the Permit Coordinator at 440-546-5991 or e-mail us.
On August 23, 2022, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued a decision reversing the order of the District Court. Price v. Garland 45 f.4th 1059 (D.C. Cir 2022). This decision became effective October 28, 2022, with the issuance of the Court of Appeals Mandate.
When is a permit needed?
Still photography require a permit only when:
For more information please contact the Permit Coordinator at 440-546-5991 or e-mail us.
Research and Collection Permits
Commercial Use Authorizations
Reservable Picnic Shelters
Last updated: May 3, 2023