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.

Learn More

Photo of the Month

Photo by @smokiesfriends

Be sure to use the tag #FriendsOfTheSmokies and follow @SmokiesFriends on Instagram

Latest News


March 22, 2018

Park Recruits Trail Volunteers

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced several volunteer workdays beginning April 5 through April 28 along heavily-used trails and nature loops as the park prepares for the busy summer season. These opportunities are ideal for people interested in learning…

Upcoming Events


April 04, 2018

Get on the Trail with Friends & Missy: Chimney Tops

Chimney Tops Difficult, 3.5 miles Meet at 8:15 a.m. at Sugarlands Visitor Center Training Room for registration and carpool to trailhead. Park in RV parking lot. Cost for each hike is $20.00/person with the proceeds going to Friends of the…