Friends of the Smokies

Friends of the Smokies is an official nonprofit partner of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with a mission to support critical park programs and maintain the Smokies by raising funds 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


July 12, 2019

Cades Cove Loop Lope Registration Opens Tuesday

KODAK, Tenn. – Online registration for the third annual Cades Cove Lope Lope, the only footrace in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, opens at 10:00 a.m. EDT Tuesday, July 16 at LoopLope.org. Participation is limited to 750 total runners on…

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August 28, 2019

Trails Forever Workday: Trillium Gap

Volunteers should be able to safely hike while carrying tools up to 4 miles per day and be prepared to perform strenuous manual labor. After receiving proper training, participants will be expected to safely use hand tools such as shovels,…