Whiteoak Sink Group Hiking Permits

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Whiteoak Sink area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a limestone basin surrounded by steep hills that comes alive as a natural botanical garden showcasing more than 30 varieties of native wildflowers in April each year. To help protect this fragile area from damage, please be aware of new visitation and group permit guidelines below and plan your visit accordingly. Groups with a minimum of 8 and maximum of 12 people are required to reserve a group hiking permit for one of two time slots available for a weekday; groups of 8 or more are prohibited from entering the Whiteoak Sink area on weekends. Individuals or small groups of 2-7 people do not need a permit.

Permit & Season Information

During the peak wildflower season, April 12 to April 30, and for the safety of our visitors and the wildflowers, the following regulations will be in effect for visiting Whiteoak Sink:

Need to Know

Fee Policy

Group Hiking Permit Fees:

Recreation Fee: $50.00 recreation fee for a Whiteoak Sink Group Hiking Permit

Reservation Fee: There is a non-refundable $6.00 reservation fee for every permit. Fees cannot be transferred to other dates. No rain checks or credits.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Entrance Fee: No entry fees are required to enter any portion of the park.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy: Although the $6.00 reservation fee is non-refundable, the $50.00 recreation fee will be refunded if the permit is cancelled prior to the printing of the permit. It is not possible to cancel or refund a permit after the permit has been printed.

Change Policy: Changes in group size, group members, vehicle information (make, model and state), emergency contact information and comment box information can be changed up to the final printing of the permit. After the permit is printed, no changes to the permit can be made.

Contact Information

Mailing Address

420 Fighting Creek Gap Road Gatlinburg TN 37738

Phone Number

(865) 436-1200

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