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


January 12, 2017

Park Sets Visitation Record in 2016

Great Smoky Mountains National Park welcomed over eleven million visitors in 2016. Throughout the year, the park encouraged people to experience the park in honor of the National Park Service Centennial. In 2016, a record 11,312,785 people visited the national…

Upcoming Events


January 19, 2017

Pint Night at Blue Ghost Brewing Company

Join Friends of the Smokies at Blue Ghost Brewing Company on Thursday, January 19th for a very special pint night. 10% of sales for the day will be donated to Friends of the Smokies, including a small batch beer brewed just…