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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.

Get Your Bear Plate

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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Be more than just a friend of the Smokies. Be a member and help preserve one of America’s greatest treasures in a meaningful way!

Members help preserve the forest, improve trails, educate kids about Great Smoky Mountains National Park and much more! Individual members will also receive our exclusive members-only newsletter, a membership card, special Smokies discounts and a Friends decal.

Latest News

News

July 12, 2019

Cades Cove Loop Lope Registration Opens Tuesday

KODAK, Tenn. – Online registration for the third annual Cades Cove Lope Lope, the only footrace in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, opens at 10:00 a.m. EDT Tuesday, July 16 at LoopLope.org. Participation is limited to 750 total runners on…

Upcoming Events

Event

December 05, 2019

North Carolina Volunteer Appreciation Party

Join us for a special pint night and volunteer appreciation event at Wicked Weed West! In honor of our dedicated North Carolina volunteers, Wicked Weed is donating a portion of sales to Friends of the Smokies. So come on out…