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


September 16, 2020

Improve your hiking safety with footwear and hiking poles

by Julie Dodd A hike that starts as a fun activity can turn into an emergency situation because of a…


September 9, 2020

Tour de Smokies fundraiser for GSMNP Preventive Search and Rescue raises awareness about hiking safety, including importance of hike planning

by Julie Dodd The Tour de Smokies is underway for Nancy East and Chris Ford. The two experienced hikers set…