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.

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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


February 15, 2019

Park Announces Paving Project on Little River Road

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that a pavement preservation project will begin Tuesday, February 19 on Little River Road. A thin pavement overlay will be applied to the entire length of the 16.5-mile roadway between Sugarlands Visitor Center…

Upcoming Events


February 19, 2019

Smokies 900-Miler Challenge Panel

Join Friends of the Smokies for a FREE panel discussion about the Smokies 900-Miler Challenge. Great Smoky Mountains National Park has a phenomenal trail system that traverses 900 miles. These trails cross high mountain passes, roaring cascades, and the home…