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


December 9, 2016

Park Reopens after Chimney Tops 2 Fire 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park will officially reopen to the public on Friday, December 9 in conjunction with the reopening of the city of Gatlinburg. Newfound Gap Road, Little River Road, and several visitor areas have been closed since the…

Upcoming Events


December 14, 2016

Hike the Smokies at REI Asheville

This year is the centennial of the National Park Service and Friends of the Smokies plans to kick off a second century of stewardship of America’s most-visited National Park by engaging and educating our communities. Join Friends of the Smokies…