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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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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Latest News


August 3, 2020

Tour de Smokies hikers hope to raise $60,000 for GSMNP Preventive Search and Rescue (PSAR)

by Julie Dodd Becoming a 900-Miler is quite an accomplishment. A hiker becomes a 900-Miler by hiking the 900+ maintained…


July 13, 2020

Cades Cove Loop Lope registration opens Aug. 6

by Julie Dodd We want to keep you in the loop about the status of the 2020 Cades Cove Loop…