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


August 25, 2016

Smokies Celebrates National Park Service 100th Birthday

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, dignitaries, and special guests gathered at Park Headquarters on August 25, 2016 to celebrate the 100th birthday of the National Park Service.  The celebration, known as Founders Day, honors the historic moment in 1916 when…

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August 31, 2016

Trails Forever Volunteer Work Day

Trails Forever is a partnership program between Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Friends of the Smokies. The volunteer component of the Trails Forever program gives individuals the opportunity to work in conjunction with National Park Service employees and make lasting and important…