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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September 19, 2016

Celebrate National Public Lands Day at the Smokies 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park invites the public to join park staff on Saturday, September 24 for the 23rd annual celebration of National Public Lands Day. National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort to improve and…

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September 27, 2016

Classic Hike of the Smokies: Deep Creek Loop

Lace up your boots for the September Classic Hike on the Deep Creek Loop! Join Friends of the Smokies on this moderately difficult 13.4-mile round trip hike which has a total elevation gain of 1,900 feet. This Classic Hike highlights Friends’ support for…