*** Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, the National Park Service (NPS) is unable to fully staff the properties under its management. It is not feasible to close or otherwise prohibit all access to NPS properties. The trail and campsite network in the backcountry of Great Smoky Mountains National Park remains open and backcountry permits that have been issued remain valid. The Backcountry Office will remain closed until park facilities re-open. Please carefully consider the conditions, your safety, and your preparedness if you choose to continue with your intended itinerary. Park visitors are advised to use extreme caution if choosing to enter NPS property as NPS personnel will not be available to provide guidance, assistance, maintenance, or emergency response. Any entry onto NPS property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk.
*** Please check the "Backcountry Facilities" section of the Temporary Road and Facilities Closures for any current trail or campsite closures (http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/temproadclose.htm) or contact the Backcountry Office at 865-436-1297.
*** Effective October 27, 2018 Pay.gov will no longer support Internet Explorer 8 (IE8). In order to complete the permit process through the backcountry reservation website a different internet browser must be used. ***
Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Backcountry Permit
You can apply up to 30 days in advance of the day you anticipate arriving in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Your permit is valid for 38 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. Required information is marked with a red asterisk (*).
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Backcountry Permits v3.0.009 - Last Update: April 24, 2018