Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a special place for many people. Individuals, families, and friends may wish to scatter ashes of a deceased loved one inside the park. Anyone wishing to scatter ashes must follow the specifications in the following Letter of Permission. The letter must be in possession of the person on site scattering ashes. For those pre-planning a service, please place a copy of the letter with planning documents. There is no charge for the permit.
The scattering of cremated human remains should be planned as a small private affair, held away from high visitor use areas. Spreading ashes should be exercised with discretion as it is generally a very private moment and care should be given not to disturb other park users. We suggest early in the morning as a good time of day for your memorial as the afternoons are usually more crowded and afford less privacy and solitude.
Last updated: February 26, 2019