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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Latest 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


September 23, 2019

Great Smoky Mountains 101 at REI Knoxville

Join Friends of the Smokies for an overview of the country’s most visited national park. With 900 miles of trails, 1000 campsites, and more than 20,000 species, Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers everyone something to love. Come learn about…