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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June 18, 2018

Friends of the Smokies Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Smokies Stomp Barn Party

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Friends of the Smokies will mark its 25th Anniversary in 2018 with the inaugural Smokies Stomp Barn Party on Saturday, July 21 at Hickory Nut Gap Farm. Folks will be treated to a gourmet farm-to-table dinner, live…

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June 20, 2018

Trails Forever Volunteer Work Day (Rainbow Falls)

Trails Forever is a partnership program between Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Friends of the Smokies. The volunteer component of the Trails Forever program gives individuals the opportunity to work in conjunction with National Park Service employees and make lasting and important…