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New Backcountry Policy for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as of Febuary 2013:

The Great Smoky Mountains national park now requires for all backcountry camping either in backcountry shelters or in a backcountry primitive campsite, a reservation made in advance and the collection of a small camping fee from campers.

GSMNP Backcountry camping advance reservations can be made online or by calling (877)444-6776.