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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June 8, 2018

National Park Hosts Women’s Work Event 6/16

Great Smoky Mountains National Park will host the annual Women’s Work Event at the Mountain Farm Museum on Saturday, June 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This event honors the vast contributions made by the women of Southern Appalachia….

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June 19, 2018

Friends Day at Frugal Backpacker

Each month, Frugal Backpacker in Asheville donates 10% of a day’s sales to support a local nonprofit’s work. Stop by Frugal Backpacker on Tuesday, June 19th to shop and benefit Friends of the Smokies. Frugal Backpacker is located at 52…