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Wedding and Special Event Permits
A Special Use Permit is also required for certain activities such as political events, public assemblies, demonstrations, the distribution of literature, and other activities commonly referred to as "First Amendment" activities.
For more information about Special Use Permits or to determine if your activity requires one, please call (828) 497-1930 or email the park with the subject line "Attn: Special Use Permits."
Permit for Scientific Research and Collecting
Please visit the National Park Service's Research Permit and Reporting website for information regarding scientific research permits. If you have specific questions pertaining to research projects in the Smokies, please e-mail or call (828) 926-6251, or visit the pages of the Applachian Highlands Science Learning Center.
Cave Exploration Permit
Did You Know?
The park’s high elevation heath balds are treeless expanses where dense thickets of shrubs such as mountain laurel, rhododendron, and sand myrtle grow. Known as “laurel slicks” and “hells” by early settlers, heath balds were most likely created by forest fires long ago.