Great Smoky Mountains Backcountry Permits

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that all park areas, except the Foothills Parkway and the Spur, are closed as of noon on Tuesday, March 24 through Monday, April 6, in a continuing effort to support federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Visitors will be unable to obtain a backcountry permit until the park re-opens.
The park will continue to assess changing conditions in our region and work with local communities to extend or terminate closures, as appropriate to ensure the health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners.
All access to the park, including the backcountry, ALL trails, roads and facilities, are temporarily closed in response to Executive Order 117 issued by NC Governor Roy Cooper, Executive Order 17 issued by TN Governor Bill Lee of TN, Executive Order 6 issued by Principal Chief Richard Sneed of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians, Graham County travel restrictions, Swain County closure request, Sevier County partial closure request, Bryson City, NC closure request, and Pigeon Forge, TN Safe-at-Home Advisory.
During the closure period, visitors can experience the park using digital tools including our social media platforms and website where near real-time views can be seen via park webcams at https://www.nps.gov/grsm/learn/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm. The NPS is working with federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor COVID-19 and to consider other operational adjustments accordingly. We will notify the public when we resume full operations and provide updates on our website at www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/conditions.htm and social media.

PRIVACY

General NPS Website Privacy Statement
Privacy

The Privacy Act of 1974 (P.L. 93-579), 5 U.S.C. 301, and 43 CFR 2.48(d) require that the National Park Service (NPS) furnish the following information with respect to use of this database and that you agree to these conditions prior to accessing this site.

Collection of this information is authorized by the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.), the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act, as amended (16 U.S.C. 4601-6a), the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (P.L. 108-447, Title VIII), 36 CFR Part 71, and 36 CFR 1.6.

The primary use of the information collected is to process an application for a Recreation Use Permit with the NPS. Disclosure of the information is voluntary; however, certain information must be provided to obtain a permit.

Maintenance and disclosure of the information collected is governed by the Department of the Interior Privacy Policy system of records notice for Special Use Permits Privacy Act System of Records, Interior NPS-1. Only the records reflecting personal information are subject to the Privacy Act.

Access: Access to this information is limited to only those officers and employees of the NPS (or its contractors) who have a need for the information in the performance of their duties. Disclosure without the consent of the subject of the information is restricted unless required by the Freedom of Information Act, to those listed in the "routine use" section of NPS-1 for the purposes identified in that section, and to those identified in 43 CFR 2.56. These records may not be altered or destroyed except as authorized by 43 CFR 2.52 and NPS 1.

Criminal Penalties for Disclosure: The Privacy Act contains provisions for criminal penalties for knowingly and willfully disclosing information from this file unless properly authorized. Fines shall not exceed more than $5,000.

SECURITY WARNING

Warning to users of this system: This is a United States Government computer system, maintained by the Department of the Interior, National Park Service, to provide Official Unclassified U.S. Government information only. Use of this system by any authorized or unauthorized users constitutes consent to monitoring, retrieval, and disclosure by authorized personnel. Users have no reasonable expectation of privacy in the use of this system. Unauthorized use may subject violators to criminal, civil, and/or disciplinary action.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Backcountry Permits v3.0.015 - Last Update: October 22, 2018

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