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.

Smokies License Plates

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


October 4, 2017

Haywood County TDA Grant supports Friends of the Smokies and Elk Bugle Corps

WAYNESVILLE, NC – Friends of the Smokies received a $2,650 grant from Haywood County Tourism and Development Authority in support of enriching the Cataloochee Valley elk viewing experience. The funds provided training, uniforms, and materials for the Elk Bugle Corps…

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October 25, 2017

Get on the Trail with Friends & Missy: Thomas Divide and Newton Bald

Thomas Divide and Newton Bald to Smokemont Difficult, 10.5 miles Bus shuttle provided by Rocky Top Tours Cost for each hike is $20.00/person with the proceeds going to Friends of the Smokies.  Make payment to: Friends of the Smokies, PO…