• Approximately 1,500 black bears live in the national park.

    Great Smoky Mountains

    National ParkNC,TN

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  • *** 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.
    *** Clingmans Dome Observation Tower will be closed beginning Wednesday, August 23 through the remainder of the 2017 season to complete rehabilitation work. The Clingmans Dome parking lot, visitor contact station and store, the trail to the tower and all access to the trailheads in the vicinity will remain open.

Backcountry Permit System

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 (*).

Trip Information Permit Fee: $20.00
Number in Party: 1

* I certify that I am beginning and ending my trip more than 50 miles outside of park and hiking/camping only on the AT while in the park.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Backcountry Permits v2.0.042
Last Update: Thursday June 29, 2017