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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Latest News


June 12, 2019

Celebrating Cosby: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials invite the public to attend “Celebrating Cosby: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” community programs on Fridays beginning June 14 through August 2 at the Cosby Campground Amphitheater. The programs honor the rich cultural and natural…

Upcoming Events


June 25, 2019

Gatlinburg Overnight Experience

Join Friends of the Smokies for a special fundraiser to explore America’s most-visited national park. Enjoy your choice of Classic Hikes of the Smokies, experience the legacy of the National Park Service up close, and enjoy the charm and comfort…