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 2, 2015

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Welcomes 4th Grade Students through Every Kid in a Park Initiative

New National Program Encourages Families and Classes to Visit National Parks Great Smoky Mountains National Park invites all 4th grade students to visit the park as part of the White House’s new Every Kid in a Park program. The park…

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September 08, 2015

Classic Hike of the Smokies: Boogerman Trail

Explore historic homesites and see majestic elk on the September Classic Hike on Boogerman Trail. This 7.2-mile round trip hike is moderate in difficulty and has a total elevation gain of 1,600 feet. September’s Classic Hike features Friends’ support for…