Friends Of The Smokies

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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.



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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Join the community of Friends who love and support the Smokies! Follow us on our social our media channels, and share your stories, videos and photos to inspire others to become a Friend. Tag us @smokiesfriends and use the hashtag #SmokiesFriends on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

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Latest News

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News | May 17, 2022

Helicopter delivers 37 loads for Ramsey Cascades Trail restoration

by Julie Dodd Ramsey Cascades Trail restoration is underway. The Friends of the Smokies Trails Forever Crew is working on[…]

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News | May 4, 2022

Porters Creek Trail — wildflowers, creek crossings and historic buildings

by Steve Winchester, hike leader We began our hike up Porters Creek trail on Tuesday, April 12, in a slight[…]