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


June 10, 2020

Firefly Celebration – Robert Tino art, Sugarland Cellars wine & fundraising for FOTS

by Julie Dodd This Saturday, join the Firefly Celebration, a combination of Robert A. Tino’s artwork and Sugarland Cellars Dance…


May 29, 2020

Social distancing from wildlife in Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Social distancing certainly is a concept we are thinking about because of Covid-19. We need to be at least six feet from another person.