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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 sure to use the tag #FriendsOfTheSmokies and follow @SmokiesFriends on Instagram

Latest News

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…

Upcoming Events

Event

July 24, 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,…