Friends Of The Smokies

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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.



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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Join the community of Friends who love and support the Smokies! Follow us on our social our media channels, and share your stories, videos and photos to inspire others to become a Friend. Tag us @smokiesfriends and use the hashtag #SmokiesFriends on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

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Latest News

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News | January 31, 2023

‘Tuskegee Smokies Experience’ introduces Tuskegee University students to NPS careers

by Julie Dodd The Tuskegee Smokies Experience – a new partnership between Tuskegee University and Great Smoky Mountains National Park[…]

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News | January 23, 2023

Kephart Prong Trail includes visit to CCC camp

by Julie Dodd Log footbridges, rushing water and reminders of a Civilian Conservation Corps camp were part of the Classic[…]