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

    Great Smoky Mountains

    National ParkNC,TN

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  • *** ADVISORY: A significant wind event occurred in the park on Thursday, May 4th. Please use caution and be alert for downed trees, trail damage or other hazards that may be present through the trail system, especially on the Tennessee side of the park.
    *** 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.

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 v2.0.040
Last Update: Saturday February 4, 2017