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


June 23, 2021

Classic Hikes of the Smokies – March, April and May

The FOTS Classic Hikes of the Smokies are underway for 2021. The hikes are held each month from March through…


May 26, 2021

Printable GSMNP plant species list available online

by Julie Dodd If you are a plant enthusiast or are just starting to discover the diversity of plants in…