Taking some scouts into the Smoky Mountains, entering at Fontana Damn and heading North. We have backpacked much of the trails south of Fontana and want a new adventure. My question is do you have to permit to use the camps? We don't use the shelters as most of the boys use hammocks. Just not sure what the rules are for hiking in the park. Any insight and advice would be welcome. Our plan is to hike just over 60 miles and then take a side trial out of the mountains.

Thanks in advance for advice