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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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Be more than just a friend of the Smokies. Be a member and help preserve one of America’s greatest treasures in a meaningful way!

Members help preserve the forest, improve trails, educate kids about Great Smoky Mountains National Park and much more! Individual members will also receive our exclusive members-only newsletter, a membership card, special Smokies discounts and a Friends decal.

Latest News

News

November 26, 2019

FOTS Trails Forever crew completes first phase of Trillium Gap Trail restoration

The first stage of the restoration of Trillium Gap Trail, one of the most popular GSMNP trails, has wrapped up for the season with major improvements made from the trailhead to Grotto Falls. The last day of trail work for…

Upcoming Events

Event

January 30, 2020

REI Smokies 101: An Intro to America’s Most-Visited National Park

REGISTER HERE Join Friends of the Smokies for an evening program about iconic trails, day-hiking tips and ideas, wildlife viewing opportunities, information about the Appalachian Trail, and suggestions for camping. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most-visited in America,…