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 | August 5, 2022

Hiking Chimney Tops Trail — a trail built to last for decades

by Lynda DoucetteHike Leader The July Friends of the Smokies Classic Hike was Chimney Tops Trail. This is a very[…]

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News | July 22, 2022

LeConte Lodge overnight provides special hiking experience

by Danny BernsteinHike Leader A large Friends of the Smokies group spent the night at LeConte Lodge in Great Smoky Mountains National[…]