Friends Of The Smokies

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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.



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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When you become a Member, you’ll receive a membership card, a Friends of the Smokies decal and our exclusive newsletters. Members enjoy discounts on attractions, hotels, restaurants and more! This annual commitment helps ensure funding for critical park programs and helps maintain the Smokies as a crown jewel of the National Park Service!

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Join the community of Friends who love and support the Smokies! Follow us on our social our media channels, and share your stories, videos and photos to inspire others to become a Friend. Tag us @smokiesfriends and use the hashtag #SmokiesFriends on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

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Latest News

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News | November 15, 2021

Noland Creek Trail provides opportunity to step back in history before GSMNP established

by Lynda Doucette, hike leader The October Classic Hike of the Smokies explored the Noland Creek Trail and some history[…]

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News | November 4, 2021

Interns find elk calf and ‘sense of wonder’

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park high school intern program provides the opportunity for high school students from communities near[…]