Permits & Reservations

A permit is required to conduct certain activities on Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site. For most activities, a permit charge is required for processing the activity request. Additional charges may be incurred if the activity necessitates park staff to perform more than administrative action.

Activities that require a permit to be issued before their practice include (but are not exclusive):

  • First Amendment activities
  • Special events (which include such activities as entertainment, ceremonies, weddings, rendezvous, organized recreational events, etc.)
  • Commercial filming and photography (see below)
  • Scientific research and related collecting
  • Use of remotely piloted aircraft (drones) on or over any park property.

For more information regarding special activities in Hopewell Furnace NHS please contact the park at e-mail us or calling 610-582-8773 during regular business hours.

2019 Application for Special Use Permit to download the permit application.

Commercial Filming and Photography

Commercial motion picture filming always requires a permit.

Commercial photography requires a permit under the following conditions:

Photography occurs outside the normal park hours (after 5 p.m. or before 9 a.m.). Please note that the park is closed to public access from 5 p.m. to 9 a.m. Anyone entering the park to take photographs during closed hours without a permit will be subject to a fine.

Photographer wishes to use areas of the park or parts of buildings normally closed to the public.

Professional models and extensive props or backdrops are to be used.

Commercial Photography Permit Exceptions
Commercial photographers do not need a permit to photograph at Hopewell Furnace NHS under the following conditions:

Photography occurs during normal park hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Closed on certain federal holidays.)

Photography takes place in areas of the park normally open to the public.

Photography does not limit or block public access to park buildings or trails.

Professional models and backdrops are not used.


Reservations are not required of individuals or small groups taking self-guided tours of the park. As a courtesy, groups of 20 or more are requested to notify the park of the expected date and time of their arrival.

Last updated: February 27, 2019

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