Great Smoky Mountains Backcountry Permits

CURRENT/UPCOMING BACKOUNTRY CLOSURE ADVISORIES

FOR FULL LIST OF CLOSURES visit: https://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/temproadclose.htm

FONTANA DAM ADVISORY: The road across the dam is currently closed to vehicle traffic due maintenance being conducted by TVA. They have advised this work will continue at least thru May. Backpackers can walk across the dam, adding 1 mile each way.

RAMSAY CASCADES TRAIL CLOSURE: Monday-Thursday, from Monday, May 2 through Thursday, Nov 17. The closure will begin at the road turn towards Ramsay Cascades. Backpackers/hikers are permitted to walk to the Old Settlers Trail trailhead, if necessary for their backcountry route.

BIG CREEK TRAIL CLOSURE: From the trailhead to campsite 36 will be closed Monday-Thursday from Monday, May 9 through Thursday, July 15. Campsites 36 & 37 will remain open until the final week of the project but must be accessed via routes that do not include the Big Creek Trail.

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.
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Trip Information Permit Fee: $20.00
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Backcountry Permits v3.5.056 - Last Update: December 9, 2021

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Mailing Address:

107 Park Headquarters Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Phone:

(865) 436-1200

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