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


March 13, 2019

Olympian-Guided Hiking Series Kicks off 21st Year with Friends of the Smokies

KODAK, Tenn. – “Get on the Trail with Friends & Missy” is kicking off its 21st year as a guided hiking series to raise funds to support Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The series features day hikes in the Smokies…

Upcoming Events


March 31, 2019

WNC for the Planet Launch Party

Come celebrate with us as we kick of WNC for the Planet for a 2nd year! We have an afternoon of fun planned to prepare us for a month of protecting Western North Carolina’s beautiful natural spaces. There will be…