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


February 6, 2020

GSMNP flood alert information

Ranger Jim Renfro, Air Resource Specialist for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, provided information regarding flood alerts and sources…


January 31, 2020

Gatlinburg Trail for walkers, dog owners and cyclists

by Julie Dodd If you’re looking for a easy-to-walk trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, consider walking the Gatlinburg…