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


May 6, 2021

Abrams Falls Trail — Trails Forever project for 2021 begins May 10

by Julie Dodd The Trails Forever crew, funded by Friends of the Smokies, is beginning restoration work on Abrams Falls…


April 22, 2021

Honor Volunteers During National Park Week

Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been recognizing volunteers in the Resource and Visitor Protection division throughout National Park Week….