Piped spring on south side of road. East to Franklin, NC. Lodging options include Ron Haven's Budget Inn, The Sapphire Inn, Comfort Inn, Microten Inn, Hiker's Den Hostel (same phone as Haven's Budget Inn, (828) 524-4403), Gooder Grove AT and Adventure Hostel, (828) 332-9228. Long-term resupply at Ingles Supermarket, BiLo, Walmart. Outdoor 76 and Three Eagles Outfitters offer camping equipment and shoes. Macon County Transit, (828) 349-2222 offering rides at $3 pp at 9:30a, 12:30p and 3:30p from Winding Stair Gap February thru May, check site http://www.macontransit.org/routes.html.
Open 10-5 in season, sells backpacking gear and food, fuel, ATM, GSMNP permits, coin laundry, showers. Accepts packages. (828) 488-7230, <https://noc.com/retail-locations/outfitters-store>. Ask about loding options, which include hotel rooms and hiker style hostel or cabin accommodations. East 13 miles on U.S. 19 to Bryson City, NC with many services including a supermarket, pharmacy, coin laundry, hospital, hotels.
Fontana Dam, west end. Get a permit from the park website, <https://smokiespermits.nps.gov/permitappatth.cfm>, read the rules, and use the bear cables. Dogs are not permitted in the park. Standing Bear Farm will board them, also <http://lovingcarekennels.net> and <http://ripplingwaterkennel.com>.