Friends of the Smokies

Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park assists the National Park Service in its mission to preserve and protect Great Smoky Mountains National Park by raising funds and public awareness, and providing volunteers for needed projects.

Smokies License Plates

Friends of the Smokies license plates in Tennessee and North Carolina drive improvements all across Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Find out how to get your very own.

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Latest News


October 2, 2015

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Volunteers Recognized

Today Great Smoky Mountains National Park recognized two volunteers who received regional and national awards for their service to the park.  Tom Harrington has served more than 20,000 hours in the Cades Cove area of the park was recognized as…

Upcoming Events


September 23, 2015

Fall Photo Contest with Parks Project

We are partnering with our Friends at Parks Project for a cool photo contest and giveaway! Entry rules are below. Good luck! Post your favorite fall photo of the Great Smoky Mountains to Instagram. Tag @smokiesfriends and @parksproject and use…