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


June 15, 2017

Arconic and Haiman Foundations Fund STEM in Smokies

KODAK, TN – Friends of the Smokies recently received grants for environmental education programs in Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) from the Arconic Foundation and the Richard Haiman National Parks Foundation. The Arconic Foundation awarded a $25,000 grant to…

Upcoming Events


July 11, 2017

Classic Hike of the Smokies: Alum Cave to Le Conte Lodge

Lace up your boots for the July Classic Hike on Alum Cave to Le Conte Lodge! This strenuous 10-mile out-and-back trail is one of the most iconic in the Smokies, and includes highlights like the narrow tunnel of arch rock…