Digital Entrance Fees and Passes Now Available!
Entrance fees and Great Falls Park Annual passes may be purchased online through Recreation.gov.
Passes are non-transferrable, non-refundable, not replaceable if lost or stolen, and are void if altered or reproduced.
After purchasing your online pass at recreation.gov, please download your pass (QR code) BEFORE arriving at the park! There is limited cell service on site and you may have difficulty downloading once at the park.
Entrance FeesInformation regarding the January 2020 price increase can be found here.
Accepted Forms of Payment:
Great Falls Park Vehicle Permit: $20.00
Great Falls Park Motorcycle Permit: $15.00
Great Falls Park Annual Pass: $35.00
Valid for twelve months from the date of purchase. Pass is valid at Great Falls Park and C&O Canal National Historical Park for entrance fees only. Admits the pass holder and occupants of a single, private non-commercial vehicle OR pass holder and three person (16 and older) where per person entrance fees are charged. Not valid for organized groups or concession operated facilities or activities. The park is not responsible for misplaced, lost or stolen cards. Representations of pass are prohibited. Physical pass must be presented at time of use. Void if altered, and pass is non transferable/ non refundable.
America the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series
The America the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series is your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites across the United States.
In general, one pass covers the fees listed above for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas or up to four adults at sites that charge per person. Children age 15 or under are admitted free. Some passes provide additional benefits, such as a 50-percent discount on camping at some sites for holders of Senior or Access passes. Always check with individual sites for details.
Select a pass option below to learn more!
Fee-Free Days 2022
Come experience the national parks! On five days in 2022, 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 2022:
Great Falls Park Commercial Tour Fee
Vehicles with capacity of 1-6 passengers: $25 plus $3 per person.
Organized Non-Commercial Groups
Includes church groups, college/school groups, scouts, service organizations, military, etc.
Organized Non-Commercial Groups in vehicles with a capacity of 15 or less are charged the $20.00 vehicle permit. Vehicles with a capacity of 16 or more are charged a fee of $10.00 per person. Removal of seats from a vehicle does not then qualify for the lower rate. Age and pass exemptions apply.
The total fee charged for an Organized Non-Commercial Group will not exceed the $100 fee per vehicle.
Commercial Use Authorization (CUA)
CUA groups will be charged the $20.00 per vehicle fee or $10.00 per person fee at entry. If any member of the group has a pass, entry is good for the pass holder plus three others. There is no fee for support vehicles ("sag wagons").
Academic Fee Waivers
The following information has been taken directly from National Park Service Regulations (NPS-22). This is the guideline to be followed in granting education fee waivers. Bona fide educational or scientific institutions may qualify if the following conditions are met. Please Read Carefully. Your application package must contain all of the following.
U.S. Fee Area Program
Last updated: December 30, 2021