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 nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/conditions.htm. For trip planning assistance or other backcountry questions, contact the Backcountry Office at 865-436-1297 (8 am to 5 pm Eastern Time, daily).

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General Backcountry Permits


AT Thru-Hiker Permits

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

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

107 Park Headquarters Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Phone:

(865) 436-1200

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