National Forests in North Carolina Site Pass

National Forests in North Carolina

Please be aware, cell service may be limited at all locations, so it is advised to purchase the pass before reaching the site. These passes are per standard-sized vehicle.

Cheoah Point Beach: Open 4/15 - 10/31. Designated swimming area and sandy beach surrounded by picnic tables on a large grassy lawn. A picnic pavilion offers group picnicking with views of the lake. A $30 annual pass is available at the Cheoah Ranger District Office. More information can be found here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/nfsnc/recarea/?recid=49228 

Dry Falls: Open year round. This area provides visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal to the 75-foot waterfall by following a trail right behind the falls, and an accessible overlook provides a beautiful view of the falls. Passes purchased for Dry Falls are also honored at Whiteside Mountain and Whitewater Falls. A $15 annual pass is available at the Nantahala Ranger District Office. More information can be found here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/nfsnc/recarea/?recid=48684 

Jackrabbit Mountain Beach: Open 5/1 - 9/30. Designated swimming area and sandy beach surrounded by picnic tables on a large grassy lawn. A picnic pavilion offers group picnicking with views of the lake. A $30 annual pass is available at the Tusquitee Ranger District Office. More information can be found here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/nfsnc/recarea/?recid=48912 

Roan Mountain: Open Memorial Day - 9/30. Famous for its spectacular natural gardens of Catawba rhododendrons, Roan Mountain shelters a rich diversity of life, from spruce-fir forests to vast grassy balds. $3 per vehicle. Larger vehicles and buses are $1 per person and must be paid on-site with cash using the fee tube. More information can be found here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/nfsnc/recarea/?recid=48626 

Whiteside Mountain: Open year round. A landmark along the Eastern Continental Divide, Whiteside Mountain rises to an elevation of 4,930 feet, and a two-mile loop trail rated as "more difficult" climbs to the top. Passes purchased for Whiteside Mountain are also honored at Dry Falls and Whitewater Falls. A $15 annual pass is available at the Nantahala Ranger District Office. More information can be found here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/nfsnc/recarea/?recid=48664 

Whitewater Falls: Open year round. Plunging an amazing 411 feet, Whitewater Falls is the highest waterfall east of the Rockies. A paved walkway leads to the upper overlook, and a lower overlook is located at the bottom of 154 wooden steps. $3 per vehicle. Larger vehicles and buses with more than seven passengers are $1 per person and must be paid on-site with cash using the fee tube. Passes purchased for Whitewater Falls are also honored at Dry Falls and Whiteside Mountain. A $15 annual pass is available at the Nantahala Ranger District Office. More information can be found here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/nfsnc/specialplaces/?cid=stelprdb5188436 

All visitors to National Forests in North Carolina must display a valid pass at day use fee sites where required. Choose your pass based on the site where you will be recreating. If purchasing your pass on-site, no printed copy of the pass will be available. Instead, your license plate number will be used to confirm compliance. If purchasing a pass in advance, a printed copy of the pass is recommended for your vehicle as connectivity is limited.

This pass does not guarantee parking availability. For your safety, please remember that parking outside of designated areas is discouraged and visitors who park illegally may be fined and towed. This pass is valid until the site closing time (shown on the Pass Overview) of the date listed on the pass, and only for the date and vehicle specified for this pass.

Passes are non-transferrable, non-refundable, not replaceable if lost or stolen, and are void if altered or reproduced.