Great Parks of Hamilton County

Free Entry

2021 Free Park Entry Days

A Motor Vehicle Permit is not required on the following dates:

  • Thursday, April 22 – Earth Day
  • Saturday, May 1 – Free First Day
  • Saturday, May 15 – Kids to Parks Day
  • Tuesday, June 1 – Free First Day
  • Saturday, June 5 – National Trails Day
  • Thursday, July 1 – Free First Day
  • Saturday, July 17 – Great Parks of Hamilton County’s Birthday
  • Sunday, August 1 – Free First Day
  • Wednesday, September 1 – Free First Day
  • Saturday, September 25 & Sunday, September 26 – Great Outdoors Weekend & National Public Lands Day
  • Friday, October 1 – Free First Day


Free Motor Vehicle Permit

Armed Forces

Current Hamilton County residents, who have a 100% service-related disability as determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs, or are a former prisoner of war, or are a Medal of Honor recipient, may apply for free Motor Vehicle Permits. Eligible veterans will receive two annual Motor Vehicle Permits by mail for a two-year period. Veterans are encouraged to reapply every two years. To apply, please print, complete and return the application form below. Applications last two years; eligible veterans will receive a new Motor Vehicle Permit per calendar year during that two-year period.

Armed Forces MVP Application


Ohio Direction Card Program

Hamilton County residents with a valid food assistance card (Ohio Direction Card or Ohio EBT card) can receive a free annual Motor Vehicle Permit. Stop by any location listed below and show your valid food assistance card to a Great Parks team member. One Motor Vehicle Permit per card.

Welcome BoothsLocated at park entrances and staffed at peak visitation times

Visitor CentersClick the following links for hours and locations

Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve – Nature’s Niche Gifts & Books
Glenwood Gardens – Cotswold Visitor Centre
Miami Whitewater Forest Visitor Center
Nature Center at The Summit
Sharon Woods – Sharon Centre
Winton Woods – Winton Centre
Woodland Mound – Seasongood Nature Center


Free Highfield Discovery Garden Admission

Great Parks recognizes the cost of admission to Highfield Discovery Garden can be a barrier for some guests. To let all families enjoy this children’s garden, guests with a valid food assistance card (Ohio Direction Card or Ohio EBT card) can receive free admission to Highfield Discovery Garden on regular operating days. Stop into Cotswold Visitor Centre and show your valid food assistance card and state-issued photo ID for entry. Guests receive admission for four individuals per card, per visit. Guests can visit Highfield Discovery Garden as many times as they would like; there are no limits on daily visits throughout the year.

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