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.

Get Your Bear Plate

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

News

December 6, 2018

Tree Removal Work on Spur and Newfound Gap Road

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced temporary, single-lane closures along the Spur and a four-mile section of Newfound Gap Road from Sugarlands Visitor Center to the Chimney Tops Trailhead beginning Monday, December 11 through Friday, March 15 for tree…

Upcoming Events

Event

February 05, 2019

Smokies 101 at REI Charlotte

Join Friends of the Smokies for an evening program about iconic trails, day-hiking tips and ideas, wildlife viewing opportunities, information about the Appalachian Trail, and suggestions for camping on the North Carolina side of the park. Great Smoky Mountains National…