Great Smoky Mountains Backcountry Permits

*** TEMPORARY RESTRICTION ON CAMPFIRES IN THE BACKCOUNTRY IN EFFECT due to drought conditions. Use of backpacking stoves that utilize pre-packaged compressed gas canisters still permitted. Carry extra water as springs may be running low or dry.
*** Please check the "Backcountry Facilities" section of the Temporary Road and Facilities Closures for any current trail or campsite closures ( or contact the Backcountry Office at 865-436-1297.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Backcountry Permits v3.0.015 - Last Update: October 22, 2018

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Mailing Address:

107 Park Headquarters Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738


(865) 436-1200

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