Do you need a permit to backpack in the Smoky Mountains?

Do you need a permit to backpack in the Smoky Mountains?

Reservations and permits are required for all overnight stays in the backcountry. To make reservations, please visit the backcountry permit website. As of February 2013, Great Smoky Mountains National Park requires a permit and advance reservations for all backcountry camping in the park.

Are permits required for Appalachian Trail?

The Appalachian Trail is free for all to enjoy. No fees, memberships, or permits are required to walk on the Trail.

Can you camp anywhere in the Smoky Mountains?

1. Camping is permitted only at designated backcountry campsites and shelters. You may not stay at any backcountry campsite for more than 3 consecutive nights. You may not stay consecutive nights at campsite 113 or at any shelter.

Do you need reservations for Great Smoky Mountains?

Reservations are required at Campgrounds, Group Campgrounds, Horse Campgrounds, Pavilions and the Appalachian Clubhouse and Spence Cabin. Facilities that remain open in the off-peak season November-April have some first come, first serve sites available.

Do I need bear spray in Smoky Mountains?

Bear spray is legal for self defense in The Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Although you probably won’t need to use it, the peace of mind and security of knowing you have it on your hip so you can enjoy your hiking, camping or swimming is priceless.

Where can you camp for free in Smoky Mountains?

The best free campsites near Great Smoky Mountain National Park are located in Cherokee National Forest, Nantahala National Forest, and Pisgah National Forest as well as the Harmon Den Wildlife Management Area.

Do you need a permit to day hike Grand Canyon?

PERMIT QUESTIONS: A permit is not required for day hiking or day horseback riding in the canyon.

What happens if you camp in the Grand Canyon without a permit?

People caught without permits are made to walk back up and may be fined as well. There are alternatives for you to try. Arrive at the canyon a day or two early and go to the backcountry office each morning to try to get a walk-up permit.