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


March 15, 2018

Friends of the Smokies and Cherokee Preservation Foundation Collaborate on SPiN Program

ASHEVILLE, NC – Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) will continue to work together to expand and improve the Seeking Paths in Nature (SPiN) program to reach more students in Western North Carolina…

Upcoming Events


March 22, 2018

Smokies 101 at REI Charlotte

Join Friends of the Smokies for an evening program about iconic trails, day-hiking tips and ideas, wildlife viewing opportunities, information about the Appalachian Trail, and suggestions for camping on the North Carolina side of the park. Great Smoky Mountains National…