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.

Smokies License Plates

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


March 28, 2017

Park Announces Spring Opening Schedule

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced the 2017 spring opening schedule for park facilities. See the full opening schedule listed below: Roads – Secondary Roads are scheduled to open as follows: Forge Creek Road opened on March 10; Clingmans…

Upcoming Events


April 05, 2017

Get on the Trail with Friends & Missy: Trillium Gap

Trillium Gap Trail to Grotto Falls Easy, 3 miles Cost for each hike is $20.00/person with the proceeds going to Friends of the Smokies.  Make payment to: Friends of the Smokies, PO Box 1660, Kodak, TN 37764. Special gift for…