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


April 26, 2017

Park Recruits Volunteers for Cataloochee Valley

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is seeking volunteers to assist rangers with managing traffic and establishing safe wildlife viewing areas within the Cataloochee Valley area. Volunteers will receive information and training in wildlife behavior, safe viewing practices, and cultural history….

Upcoming Events


May 09, 2017

Classic Hike of the Smokies: Caldwell Fork

Lace up your boots for the May Classic Hike on Caldwell Fork! Caldwell Fork will take hikers on a moderate 9.4-mile journey through Cataloochee Valley, which was once the largest settlement within the boundaries of Great Smoky Mountains National Park….