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.

Get Your Bear Plate

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

News

January 18, 2019

Friends of the Smokies, Great Smoky Mountains Association to Reopen Park Visitor Centers for MLK Jr. Weekend

KODAK, Tenn. – Friends of the Smokies announced Friday that it will temporarily fund the reopening of Sugarlands Visitor Center near Gatlinburg, Tenn., and Oconaluftee Visitor Center near Cherokee, N.C., from Friday through Monday, Jan. 18-21. Visitation to the park…

Upcoming Events

Event

January 24, 2019

GSMNP Work Day: Smokemont

***Volunteer workdays that occur during the government shutdown will be canceled. Remaining work days will resume as scheduled following the opening of the government/national park.*** Great Smoky Mountains National Park is hosting 4 volunteer work events during the month of…