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For your information these are the new rules for backcountry use of the Smokies. Please be advised!
Basic Trip Planning Information
Reservations and permits are required for all overnight stays in the backcountry.
Backcountry reservation fees are $4.00 per person, per night, with a maximum fee of $20.00 per person. Fees are non-refundable. Permits are good for 7 nights. Changes to a permit may be made one time. Call the Backcountry Office at 865-436-1297 for more information.
Reservations/Permits may be obtained at any time up to 30 days in advance of the first night of your trip. Reservations/Permits may also be obtained in person at the Sugarlands Visitor Center, near Gatlinburg, TN.
Maximum party size is 8, unless a specific site or shelter has lower limits. Two parties affiliated with the same group may not stay in the same campsite or at the same shelter on the same night(s).
At some sites, special permits may be issued for parties of up to 12 people. Call the Backcountry Office at 865-436-1297 for more information.
You may not stay consecutive nights at any shelter or at campsite 113. You may not stay in any other backcountry campsite for more than 3 consecutive nights.
Please note that seasonal and weather-related road closures may affect your ability to access trailheads. Check http://www.nps.gov/gr... for road closures prior to starting your trip or call the Backcountry Office for more information: 865-436-1297.
As permit holder, you are responsible for your group, including everyone's safety and compliance with park rules and regulations. In order to obtain a permit, you must certify that you have adequately researched your trip and planned one that is appropriate for you and your group's physical abilities, backpacking experience, anticipated weather and route of travel. To help ensure that your trip is safe and enjoyable, we strongly encourage you to read Things You Need to Know before planning your trip or completing a reservation. Additional information for stock users can also be found there.
The Smokies backcountry is a mountainous, wilderness environment and is much more challenging than many people realize. Any backcountry trip, even a short one, involves risk and requires careful planning. Trip planning assistance may be obtained through the Backcountry Information Office by calling 865-436-1297.