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 26, 2016

Hiking Basics with Friends of the Smokies

      REI staff share the basics of hiking including the 10 essentials! The session reviews planning your hike and what to bring to make your adventure a success. Class intended for beginning outdoor enthusiasts getting ready to participate…