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

    Great Smoky Mountains

    National ParkNC,TN

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  • *** NOTICE: On Saturday, April 29, 2017 the Pay.gov site that links to the backcountry reservation system for the payment of permits will be offline for maintenance from 6pm-12am. During this time, it will not be possible to obtain a backcountry reservation or permit.
    *** 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.
    *** A construction project will be underway at CS38 between 4/24-5/19.During weekday daylight hours, hikers may encounter noise, mechanized equipment & experience short closures in area of CS38/on Mt Sterling Tr. Trails & Campsite 38 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.

Permit Holder Name and Address * 
Emergency Contact *    * 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Backcountry Permits v2.0.040
Last Update: Saturday February 4, 2017