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Backcountry Shelters in the Smokies

Shelter

Spence Field Shelter in the Smokies. Photo by Brad Powell.

Below are all the shelters located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 

They are all found along the Appalachian Trail, except for Kephart, Laurel Gap, Mount Collins, Mount LeConte, Pecks Corner, and Spence Field. 

Remember to call the Backcountry Office at (865) 436-1231 and reserve a spot in the shelter at least a month in advance. 

Reservations are required for overnight stays in the shelters.  You can download the official Smoky Mountains National Park Trail Map to find these shelters.

Cosby Knob Shelter

Number of Spots:  12
Horse Accessible:  Yes
Nearby Trails: Appalachian Trail, Low Gap Trail, Big Creek Trail

Davenport Gap Shelter

Number of Spots:  12
Horse Accessible:  Yes
Nearby Trails: Appalachian Trail, Chestnut Branch Trail

Derrick Knob Shelter

Number of Spots:  12
Horse Accessible:  No
Nearby Trails: Appalachian Trail, Greenbrier Ridge Trail

Double Spring Gap Shelter

Number of Spots:  12
Horse Accessible:  No
Nearby Trails: Appalachian Trail, Goshen Prong Trail, Clingmans Dome Bypass Trail

Icewater Spring Shelter

Number of Spots:  12
Horse Accessible:  No
Nearby Trails: Appalachian Trail, Newfound Gap, Sweat Heifer Creek Trail, The Boulevard Trail

Kephart Shelter

Number of Spots:  14
Horse Accessible:  Yes
Nearby Trails: Kephart Prong Trail, Sweat Heifer Creek Trail, Grassy Branch Trail

Laurel Gap Shelter

Number of Spots:  14
Horse Accessible:  Yes
Nearby Trails: Benton-MacKaye Trail, Balsam Mountain Trail, Sterling Ridge Trail

Mollies Ridge Shelter

Number of Spots:  12
Horse Accessible:  Yes
Nearby Trails:  Appalachian Trail

Mount Collins Shelter

Number of Spots:  12
Horse Accessible:  No
Nearby Trails: Sugarland Mountain Trail, Appalachian Trail, Mountains-to-Sea Trail, Fork Ridge Trail

Mount LeConte Shelter

Number of Spots:  12
Horse Accessible:  No
Nearby Trails: The Boulevard Trail, Alum Cave Trail, Rainbow Falls Trail, Bull Head Trail, Trillium Gap Trail, Appalachian Trail

Pecks Corner Shelter

Number of Spots:  12
Horse Accessible:  Yes
Nearby Trails: Hughes Ridge Trail, Appalachian Trail

Russell Field Shelter

Number of Spots:  14
Horse Accessible:  Yes
Nearby Trails: Appalachian Trail, Russell Field Trail

Silers Bald Shelter

Number of Spots:  12
Horse Accessible:  Yes
Nearby Trails: Appalachian Trail, Welch Ridge Trail, Jonas Creek Trail

Spence Field Shelter

Number of Spots:  12
Horse Accessible:  Yes
Nearby Trails: Appalachian Trail, Eagle Creek Trail, Bote Mountain Trail

Tricorner Knob Shelter

Number of Spots:  12
Horse Accessible:  Yes
Nearby Trails: Appalachian Trail, Balsam Mountain Trail

Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy of this information. Shelters may become unavailable for various reasons without notice. Please contact the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for more information.