*** TEMPORARY RESTRICTION ON CAMPFIRES IN THE BACKCOUNTRY IN EFFECT due to drought conditions. Use of backpacking stoves that utilize pre-packaged compressed gas canisters still permitted. Carry extra water as springs may be running low or dry.
*** 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.
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 (*).
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Backcountry Permits v3.0.015 - Last Update: October 22, 2018