Great Smoky Mountains Backcountry Permits

Be sure to carefully review the information before obtaining a backcountry permit. At this time, backcountry permits and AT thru-hiker permits can be made within 14 days from the first night of your trip. For more information about what is open in the park, please visit For trip planning assistance or other backcountry questions, contact the Backcountry Office at 865-436-1297 (8 am to 5 pm Eastern Time, daily).

Welcome to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Backcountry Permit System!

General Backcountry Permits

AT Thru-Hiker Permits

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Backcountry Permits v3.0.061 - Last Update: June 19, 2020

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Mailing Address:

107 Park Headquarters Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738


(865) 436-1200

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