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).

Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Backcountry Permit

You can apply up to 14 days in advance of the day you anticipate arriving in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Your permit is valid for 22 days from the date the permit is issued. There is a cost of $20.00 per permit. The cost of the permit is non-refundable. Fill out the permit application below to obtain a Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Backcountry Permit.
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Trip Information Permit Fee: $20.00
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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

Phone:

(865) 436-1200

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