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


February 3, 2016

2016 Evergreen Ball Raises $500,000, Celebrates NPS Centennial

KNOXVILLE, TN – In black ties and ball gowns, Friends of the Smokies gathered for an evening of elegance at Cherokee Country Club on Saturday to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and to raise more than…

Upcoming Events


February 18, 2016

Find Your Park at REI Asheville

Experience a fun and informative session on day hikes in the Smokies. This presentation is a great opportunity to learn about entrances into the park, facilities, hikes, camping and much more. Friends of the Smokies offers day hikes in the…