The Appalachian Trail runs approximately 72 miles through the Smokies on its way from Georgia to Maine. This section of the trail offers beautiful views, interesting species of plants and animals only found in the Smokies, and great solitude for those who are willing to hike to find it. The AT in the park offers great options for day trips, like Charlies Bunion and Mt. Cammerer fire tower, but it is also often worked into backpacking excursions.
To stay in the backcountry on the Appalachian Trail, a permit is required. This permit can be acquired by visiting or calling the Backcountry Information Office at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Backcountry office is located in the Sugarlands Visitor Center, approx. 2 miles South of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, on Highway 441.