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


July 11, 2016

VIDEO: Hemlock die-off having major impact in Smokies (KNS)

By Morgan Simmons of the Knoxville News Sentinel TOWNSEND — On a recent summer afternoon, the Anthony Creek Trail at the west end of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park presented stark contrasts between sunlight and shadow. Much of the…

Upcoming Events


July 27, 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…