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 6, 2015

NC Bear License Plate Raises $4 Million

Waynesville, N.C. – Friends of the Smokies’ black bear license plate has risen to a whole new level in the state of North Carolina. The nonprofit organization received the second quarter check of $95,000 which brings the organization to $4…

Upcoming Events


July 08, 2015

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…