Tennessee – Burn Ban




Effective 11/09/2023, the Cherokee National Forest implemented backcountry fire restrictions along the A.T. in Tennessee outside of Great Smoky Mountains National Park (NOBO miles 239.1 to 467.0). There is also a burn ban in effect in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Please note that the A.T. follows the North Carolina/Tennessee border through most of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and continues to follow the state line from Davenport Gap to the Doll Flats area. The state line is not clearly marked on the Trail.

A.T. hikers in Tennessee should abide by the restrictions and exercise extreme caution when using camp stoves. Even in areas without a burn ban, dry conditions are prevalent along the A.T. from Georgia to Virginia. To be safe, hikers should consider forgoing a campfire and exercise extreme caution with camp stoves in dry areas regardless of active burn bans. Always check for local burn bans before you start your hike.

If you come across a smoldering campfire or a wildfire, call 911.

For more information, visit the Cherokee National Forest’s website.