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Dillon Beadle
(dbeadle24) - F

Locale: South Louisiana
Appalachian Trail in May on 04/20/2012 08:29:34 MDT Print View

Toward the end of May me and three of my friends are going on a 5 day hike of the AT. We Plan to start at NewFounds Gap and head north. I have never hiked the AT nor have I camped in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. I have read somewhere that you need to go to Ranger Stations/Outpost to get a permit and you have to call and make reservations too if you plan on staying at campsites and shelters. I dont plan to stay at a shelter but i do plan to stay at the campsite and tent. If anyone could help with advise I would be much appreciative.

Also, is it allowed to just get of the beating path and make your own campsite?

Ben Crocker
(alexdrewreed) - M

Locale: Kentucky
AT in the Smokies on 04/20/2012 09:35:22 MDT Print View

The shelters are the only approved camp sites on the AT in the Smokies. You should call to reserve. Camping is not allowed off the established sites. You can sign up for a mandatory permit at the visitor center. There is one on the highway on each side of Newfound Gap (Sugarland and Oconoluftee). Have fun.

Trevor Wilson
(trevor83) - MLife

Locale: Swiss Alps / Southern Appalachians
Re: AT in the Smokies on 04/21/2012 16:54:09 MDT Print View

Take a look at the National Park Service website for the Smokies. As Ben said, you will have to stay at the shelters if you are hiking on the AT. Here is the link to the trip planner with numbers and info:

http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/upload/2012-trip-planner-all.pdf

I highly recommend to call and book in advance. Have a great trip!