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Appalachian Trail In NC
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Appalachian Trail GPS Tracks
Get the complete GPS Tracks for the AT in Great Smoky Mountains National Park for ONLY $1.97! This .gpx file includes waypoints for all trail shelters along this 72 mile stretch of trail and many AT parking areas. Use the BUY NOW button below and we'll send you the file via e-mail! Happy Hiking!
NOTE: Some trail relocation may have occurred, which may not be reflected with our GPS Tracks. The tracks are very close to the current trail.
This stretch of the Appalachian Trail covers the AT through Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The trail travels 72 miles across the heart of this popular National Park. While the park receives over nine million visitors each year, the AT only crosses one road, US 441 at Newfound Gap after over forty miles. Your hiking through the most diverse forest in all of North America.
Backcountry permits must be obtained before entering the park, if you're planning on hiking through the park. Even if your planning to stay just one night in the park, you must get a permit. Anyone caught without a permit will be issued a $125 ticket! North bound thru hikers can obtain a permit from a self registration facility located near the pay phone at the Fontana Dam Visitor Center. If you are hiking south bound, your only chance to get a permit is at the USFS offices in Hot Springs, NC.
Within the park, nearly half the Appalachian Trail is open to horseback riding. You may encounter horseback riders at some of the shelters along the trail. Dogs are not permitted on any of the trails inside of the park, including the Appalachian Trail. You can be fined up to $500 if your found hiking with a dog inside the park!
Black bear in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Trust me when I say there is a really good chance you'll encounter a bear inside of the park. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to more than 600 bears. Over the years they have developed a taste for the food hikers carry and are a common visitor to many shelters in the park.
If your thru hiking the AT and heading northbound you've hiked just over 160 miles. These next 70 miles are some of the most amazing trail miles you'll encounter, including a long stretch of trail that is well over 5000 feet as well as the highest point anywhere along the AT near Clingmans Dome at 6225 feet. The Great Smoky Mountains get the most rain and snow along the southern part of the AT. Many north bound thru hikers are caught off guard by the snow and cold in the high elevations of the Smokies.
We offer the full GPS tracks of the 72 mile section of the Appalachian Trail in Great Smoky Mountain National Park for only $1.97 via a .gpx file. This file also includes waypoints for the shelters located along the trail as well as parking areas. A great tool to keep you on the trail or to make your own maps!
We recommend purchasing any of the following books for those looking for more information on hiking the Appalachian Trail in Great Smoky Mountain National Park:
Appalachian Trail Guide to Tennessee-North Carolina: 13th Edition
Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Georgia North Carolina Tennessee
Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Best Easy Day Hikes Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Hiking Trails of the Smokies
Trails Illustrated Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Trails Illustrated Great Smoky Mountains National Park Explorer
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