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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April 20, 2018

Evening Under the Stars to Support Science Education in the Smokies

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Smoky Mountain starry skies will be the backdrop of Friends of the Smokies’ second annual stargazing event at the Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center at Purchase Knob. On Friday, May 18, Friends of the Smokies will partner…

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April 25, 2018

Get on the Trail with Friends & Missy: Little River Trail

Little River Trail to Campsite #24 Moderate, 8.5 miles Meet at 8:15 a.m. in Elkmont at the trailhead. Cost for each hike is $20.00/person with the proceeds going to Friends of the Smokies.  Make payment to: Friends of the Smokies,…