Fees & Passes

Digital Entrance Fees and Passes Now Available!

Entrance fees and Great Falls Park Annual passes may be purchased online through Recreation.gov.
These are digital passes. You will receive a QR code that you will need to present when you arrive at the park.
Passes are non-transferrable, non-refundable, not replaceable if lost or stolen, and are void if altered or reproduced.
Physical passes are available for purchase on site.

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.
 

Overview of entrance requirements

All visitors MUST have

Entrance Passes

Standard Entrance Pass

$10.00–$20.00

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 nps.gov or 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. Accepted Forms of Payment: Cash: United States currency Charge Cards: Master Card, VISA, Discover, or American Express Admission to Great Falls Park is valid for seven consecutive days including date of purchase.

Includes driver and passengers. Admits one single, private, non-commercial vehicle and all its passengers. Organized groups are not eligible for the vehicle permit. Also valid for entrance into the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. Admission to Great Falls Park is valid for seven consecutive days including date of purchase.

In-person Purchase Locations

  • Great Falls Park Fee Booth

    Cash or Credit/Debit

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Admits one single private motorcycle and its passengers. Individuals 15 years of age and younger are admitted free of charge. Also valid for entrance into the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. Admission to Great Falls Park is valid for seven consecutive days including date of purchase.

In-person Purchase Locations

  • Great Falls Park Fee Booth

    Cash or Credit/Debit

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Applies only to people entering by foot, bicycle, or horse. Individuals 15 years of age and younger are admitted free of charge. Also valid for entrance into the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. Admission to Great Falls Park is valid for seven consecutive days including date of purchase.

In-person Purchase Locations

  • Great Falls Park Fee Booth

    Cash or Credit/Debit

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For Organizations & Businesses

Includes church groups, college/school groups, scouts, service organizations, military, etc. All holders of annual passes and those under 15 years old will be exempt from payment of fees. 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. The total fee will not exceed the $100 fee per vehicle.
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Vehicles with capacity of 7-25 passengers: $40. (No per person fee)
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Vehicles with capacity of 7-25 passengers: $40. (No per person fee)
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Vehicles with capacity of 1-6 passengers: $25 plus $3 per person.
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Vehicles with capacity of 26+: $100. (No per person fee)
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Annual Entrance - Park

Annual Entrance - Park

$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.

In-person Purchase Locations

  • Great Falls Park Fee Booth

    Cash or Credit/Debit

2024 Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

Come experience the national parks! All National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone (other fees may apply). Mark your calendar for these entrance fee-free dates:

 
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Fee Waiver Information

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.

  1. Current official documentation of recognition of affiliation as an educational institution by a Federal, State or local government entity, or other evidence attesting to educational status is attached. It is insufficient to merely state or imply this on official letterhead. Your fee waiver CANNOT be processed without one of these documents submitted with your application.
  2. There must be a direct relationship between the visit purpose and the use of the park. The visit must be to study some aspect/resource specific to Great Falls Park. A general statement to the effect that the visit is for "educational purposes" is insufficient by itself. An explanation of what the educational purpose entails and how is related to Park resources is required. (Course outlines, lesson plans, or a copy of the curriculum meet this requirement.) Fee Waiver Information and Form must be received in the Fee Management Office 2-3 weeks in advance of the anticipated visit.
  3. To submit the completed Fee Waiver Form, please email it to: grfa_educational_fee_waiver@nps.gov
  • REFUNDS WILL NOT BE GRANTED.
  • FEE WAIVERS WILL NOT BE GIVEN AT THE ENTRANCE STATION.
  • Fees will be waived ONLY if each vehicle has a copy of the fee waiver.
 
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U.S. Fee Area Program

The Fee Program employees not only collect fees, but they also perform activities related to resource stewardship, education, and visitor-use management. Services funded by the fee program include park protection, resource management, information and orientation, maintenance of park facilities, and interpretation.

Last updated: February 14, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

Great Falls Park
c/o Turkey Run Park
George Washington Memorial Parkway

McLean, VA 22101

Phone:

703 757-3101
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