Great Parks

Annual Motor Vehicle Permit

$10 resident | $16 non-resident

Product Description

2020 Motor Vehicle Permits are available for sale starting September 27, 2019, and are valid through December 31, 2020. The price of the annual Motor Vehicle Permit is $10 for a Hamilton County resident and $16 for a non-resident. The Motor Vehicle Permit also includes the Great Parks' Bonus Pack coupons, which gives $13 in discounts on golf, boating, fishing, camping, wet playgrounds, special events and more.

Daily Motor Vehicle Permits can be purchased for $5 each for Hamilton County residents and $8 for non-residents at park entrance booths, visitor centers, boathouses, campgrounds, golf pro shops and ranger stations.

If you have any questions, please call 513-521-7275, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

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. 

Armed Forces MVP Application


Ohio EBT Card (Ohio Direction Card)
Hamilton County residents with a valid food assistance card can receive a free annual Motor Vehicle Permit. Stop by a Great Parks visitor center on any Free Entry Day and show your Ohio EBT Card (Ohio Direction Card) to a team member. One Motor Vehicle Permit per card.

Here’s how it works:

1. Visit a Great Parks visitor center on any of the following 2019 Free Entry Days:

  • July 17 – Great Parks’ Birthday
  • September 28 & 29 – Great Outdoors Weekend and National Public Lands Day
  • November 29 – Opt Outside (Glenwood Gardens, Sharon Woods, Winton Woods only)

2. Show your Ohio EBT Card (Ohio Direction Card) and receive a free annual Motor Vehicle Permit.

Where are the visitor centers? For address, phone number and full hours of operation, please click on one of the visitor centers below.

Glenwood Gardens – Cotswold Visitor Centre
Miami Whitewater Forest Visitor Center
Sharon Woods – Sharon Centre
Winton Woods – Winton Centre
Woodland Mound – Seasongood Nature Center

Valid Motor Vehicle Permits are required for every vehicle entering a Great Park of Hamilton County. Otto Armleder Memorial Park & Recreation Complex and Fernbank Park are cooperative ventures with the City of Cincinnati; therefore, a Motor Vehicle Permit is not required. 

The cost of an annual Motor Vehicle Permit is $10 for residents of Hamilton County and $16 for all other park visitors. Fees from Motor Vehicle Permits support ongoing conservation efforts for the park district’s 17,600 acres of green space, and are a funding source for providing an enjoyable, safe and clean experience during visits to your Great Parks of Hamilton County.

Motor Vehicle Permits are mailed within three business days from date of purchase.