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


February 22, 2018

Park Completes Clean Energy Project in Cades Cove

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced the completion of a solar energy project at Cades Cove that will annually reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 23 tons and reduce fuel costs by $14,000. Formerly, the park used a diesel-fuel generator…

Upcoming Events


March 13, 2018

Classic Hike of the Smokies: Deep Creek Waterfall Loop

Lace up your boots for the March Classic Hike in Deep Creek! Join Friends of the Smokies for this easy 5.5-mile loop, which has a total elevation gain of 600 ft. and highlights three waterfalls. This hike is $20 for…