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    Default National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass - Lifetime

    Will a National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass - Lifetime member cover a hiker on the AT when entering Great Smoky Mountains NP and Shenandoah NP?

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    No. Backcountry fees are not covered by a NPS annual or lifetime pass.
    Last edited by hikewithgravity; 07-09-2024 at 21:19. Reason: Clarification

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    Speaking from buying the "The land of the beautiful pass" each year, I have only been able to use it for drive up entry fees and and I was able to use it at Carlsbad NP to enter the caverns since there is no entry fee for a vehicle there.
    I have not tried using it for hiking purposes but I agree with HWG that they wont accept it.
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    Good information.

    I got my wife the Lifetime pass when it was still, what, $30? $40? The next year it went up and when I got mine it was like $75.
    My reading of it, it gets you in at free or reduced rates. It can get discounted main camping sites. We got $ off at Jamestowne last year. But the other great museum there is Jamestowne Experience, isn't part of the national parks but they still gave us a senior discount. The Jamestowne price also included entry to Yorktown. And entry was good for 7 days. We spent two days doing Jamestowne and didn't have time left to visit Yorktown.
    So if we are going near a national park/monument/whatever, I'll have one if not both passes in the wallet. never hurts to ask! Like at the Jamestowne Experience.
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    Post What's covered, what's not

    Every pass to federal lands covers ONLY admission fees. Parking, transport, reservation, and lodging fees are NOT included, although some campgrounds give a discount to pass owners. About the only benefit to AT backpackers is a clear waiver of the admission fee for Shenandoah, and it's not clear if that fee would even be charged.

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    The lifetime NPS senior pass covers NP entrance fees, and provide discounts on camping of up to 50%.
    - GSMNP doesn’t have an entry fee
    - GSMNP camping discounts for a lifetime senior pass are only for front country camping, not back country camping
    - GSMNP requires purchasing a parking pass for parking longer than 15 minutes, and parking passes aren’t covered by a lifetime senior pass.

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    The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands passes will also cover standard amenity fees at federal sites. In Southern California these are essentially parking fees in national forests.

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    Also does not work in GSMNP as they are not allowed to charge admission but they do charge for parking

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