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


May 23, 2019

Park Tourism Generates $953 million in Visitor Spending

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 11,421,203 visitors to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2018 spent $953 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 13,737 jobs in the local area. National park tourism is…

Upcoming Events


June 01, 2019

National Trails Day

23rd ANNUAL SMOKIES APPALACHIAN TRAIL WORK DAY on Saturday, June 1, 2019 In Celebration Of AMERICAN HIKING SOCIETY’s NATIONAL TRAILS DAY ® Please join us to celebrate National Trails Day at our 23rd Annual Appalachian Trail Work Day in the…