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


July 20, 2021

Ridgerunners provide crucial support for A.T. in GSMNP 

by Julie Dodd The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) is one of the longest hiking-only trails in the world – 2,193.1 miles,…


July 14, 2021

June Classic Hike – Smokemont Loop Trail

by Lynda Doucette, hike leader The June Classic Hike of the Smokies proved to be a great day for exploring…