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


November 13, 2020

Nancy East and Chris Ford complete Tour de Smokies; their PSAR fundraising continues

by Julie Dodd Nancy “Seal Mom” East and Chris “Pacer” Ford completed their Tour de Smokies by walking through an…


October 28, 2020

National Environmental Education Foundation awards $30,000 grant to GSMNP and FOTS

by Julie Dodd Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP), in partnership with Friends of the Smokies, recently received a $30,000…