Great Smoky Mountains Backcountry Permits

Be sure to carefully review the information about what is open BEFORE proceeding to obtain a backcountry permit as many trailheads are still inaccessible due to road closures. Backcountry permit reservations can be made within a 14 day window from the first night of your trip. AT Thru-hiker permits will not be issued during this phase. For more information about what is open, please visit Due to a number of recent storms, visitors can expect to encounter blowdowns and potential blockages along the trail system. For trip planning assistance or other backcountry questions, contact the Backcountry Office at 865-436-1297 or at (8 am to 5 pm EST, daily).

Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Backcountry Permit

You can only apply for Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Backcountry Permits during active seasons. You can check active season dates from the main page with information about Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Backcountry Permits

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Backcountry Permits v3.0.020 - Last Update: May 11, 2020

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Gatlinburg, TN 37738


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