Changes Due to COVID-19Special Use Permits are being evaluated on a case by case basis due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A COVID-19 Preparedness Plan may be required for some permits. The Ledges and Octagon Shelters will re-open at 25% capacity for existing reservations in May 2021, and will open to new reservations on June 1, 2021. For more informtion please e-mail us.
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.
Important Changes to Special Park Uses Program in 2019
Application and Cost Recovery Charges
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.
Click here to download an application.
Weddings and Wedding Photography Permits
Commercial Filming and Photography Permits
Research and Collection Permits
Commercial Use Authorizations
Reservable Picnic Shelters
Last updated: May 5, 2021