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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When you become a Member, you’ll receive a membership card, a Friends of the Smokies decal and our exclusive newsletters. Members enjoy discounts on attractions, hotels, restaurants and more! This annual commitment helps ensure funding for critical park programs and helps maintain the Smokies as a crown jewel of the National Park Service!
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Latest News


October 1, 2020

Hikers near completion of their Tour de Smokies: Clothing and gear vital for comfort and safety

by Julie Dodd An important part of a successful hike is what you wear and what you carry with you….


September 23, 2020

Tour de Smokies enters Week 3: Food and drink play critical role in hiking success

by Julie Dodd What should I eat and drink when hiking? That’s a question hikers ask, whether they are going…