Member Benefits

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Friends of the Smokies members enjoy the satisfaction of preserving and protecting Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and they get great Smokies discounts, too! Membership pays for itself when you present your card to our membership benefits partners. Shopping, dining and adventures at a discount are your reward for being a Friend of the Smokies. Members also get the inside scoop on Park alerts, features, and news. (See Smokies Discounts below.)


Each of our membership levels enjoys the same member benefits listed above.
Join HERE and choose the amount you’d like to donate.

Friend: $35
Wildflower Friend: $50
Creekside Friend: $100
Evergreen Friend: $250
Cascade Friend: $500
Mountain Top Friend: $1,000

 Smokies Fun Discounts

The Biltmore Estate

Enjoy 2 days of admission for the price of 1 when you purchase 1–6 days before your visit. You must click the Buy Tickets button via the link below and select a visit date within the week; your ticket will automatically be good for a second consecutive day. You must purchase from the link below to receive this offer.

Cataloochee Valley Tours

$3 off the published price of any Eco-Tour with a valid FOTS membership card. Let our naturalist take you on a guided Eco-tour to one of the best kept secrets in the Great Smoky Mountains … Cataloochee Valley! Eco-tours include round trip transportation along with a snack and drink.

Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country

Enjoy $5.00 off the price of a one-day admission. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Smoky Mountains and the incredible spirit of its people at a place fun for all ages. Experience heart-pounding thrills and witness incredible performances! Must purchase admission pass in person with a current membership card.

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

$3.00 off the regular ticket price.

Knoxville Zoo

20% off any full-price one-day admission. Meet zebras, lions, monkeys and more!

Museum of Appalachia

Adult admission, $2.95 off; Children’s admission $1.00 off.

Ober Gatlinburg

50% discount on round-trip aerial tramway fare. Enjoy an aerial view of the Great Smoky Mountains!

Ripley’s Gatlinburg Family of Attractions

$20 off our Ultimate Annual Fun Pass making it $79.99 (originally $99.99).

Tennessee Smokies Baseball Games

Buy one ticket, get one free Sunday – Thursday on home games during the regular season.

Smoky Mountain Outdoors White Water Rafting

Class 3 & 4 Whitewater Adventures on the Big Pigeon River out of Hartford, TN. Friends of the Smokies members receive a 10% discount on all guided trips. Reservations must be made by calling 1-800-771-7238. Please reference FOTS to receive discount. Cannot be combined with other offers.

The Tennessee Riverboat Company

Buy one get one free sightseeing cruise aboard the “STAR” of Knoxville authentic paddlewheel boat. View historic sights along the beautiful TN River. This 1.5 hr sightseeing tour includes commentary from the Captain, open cash bar and concessions. A meal and entertainment may be scheduled at an additional cost. Call 800-509-2628 for more information.

The Wildland Trekking Company

5% discount on all guided Great Smoky Mountains based day hiking, backpacking, and lodge based hiking tours. Our trips include a knowledgeable guide, top of the line gear, exceptional cuisine, comfortable transportation, and all park permits. Book online or call 800-715-HIKE (4453). Please reference FOTS to receive discount.

Smokies Shopping Discounts

Blue Ridge Books and News

10% off in-store purchases, excluding newspapers.

Great Smoky Mountains Association

15% discount on merchandise in stores and via mail order at (888) 898-9102 or by email at MailOrder@GSMAssoc.org.

GSM Outfitters

20% off in-store purchase.

Loralei’s on Main

10% off total purchase.

Mast General Store

10% off regularly-priced Mast Store branded purchase. Cannot be combined with other offers, to purchase gift cards, or on employee purchases. In-stock items only. Not valid online. Limit one offer per visit. FOTS Membership card required.

NOC Gatlinburg

All FOTS members will receive 10% off all regular priced items. Excludes: GoPro Cameras and Alcohol.

Smokies Dining Discounts

The Peddler Steakhouse

Located in Gatlinburg, TN – 10% discount with a current Friends membership card.

Park Grill Steakhouse

Located in Gatlinburg, TN – 10% discount with a current Friends membership card.

Smokies Lodging Discounts

Apple Valley Comfort Inn

Offers a 10% discount to Friends of the Smokies members. This property is located right on the border between Sevierville and Pigeon Forge, and is a three time winner of Choice Hotel’s Comfort Inn of the Year and a recent 2011 Platinum Award winner. You will enjoy lodging at one of the Smokies Most Award Winning Hotels.

Big Cabins

1-12 bedroom luxury cabins surrounding the Smoky Mountains. Featured in Southern Living’s “Ultimate Cabin Guide,” now part of Wyndham Vacation Rentals. 10% off to Friends of the Smokies members (not valid for some holidays). Contact Big Cabins at 866-305-8739.

Carolina Vacations

10% discount on rentals.

Clarion Inn Willow River

Offers a 10% discount to Friends of the Smokies members. Located in Sevierville, Tennessee, the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains… the gleaming brightness of the ante-bellum southern design of the Clarion Inn Willow River reflects the charm of the Old South.

Haywood County Hotel and Motel Association

Varying discounts for participating members.

The Inn on the River

Friends of the Smokies members receive the largest and most generous discount available at The Inn on the River. $20 off published rates for every room type per night. Subject to availability; cannot be combined with any other type of discount.

Parkside Cabin Rentals

10% off a cabin rental (restrictions may apply) for all existing members of Friends of the Smokies. Call 1-866-808-7525 to make your reservation. Complimentary Friends of the Smokies membership with 4-night stay!

Smoky Mountain Premier RV Resort

Adjacent to the GSMNP, we are a brand new, gated RV resort featuring all big rig, full hook-up sites. 10% discount to FOTS card holders (restrictions may apply). Call 855-55-SMPRV (76778) to make reservations.



  • Smoky Mountain Living Magazine – Members receive a special subscription rate of $15.99! Go the the publication’s website smliv.com, select Subscribe, then click on ‘apply promo code,’ enter FOS2021 before completing your transaction.
  • Shaconage– The newsletter of Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
  • FOTS Annual Report  Published the following year.

Invitations to Special Events

Check your mailbox, inbox, and our events calendar for information on upcoming special events! From our annual fundraisers to our monthly hikes and the synchronized fireflies – there’s always something happening in the park! We’ll keep you up to date on everything you need to know!

The Fine Print

  • Membership cards and membership benefits are extended to those giving membership gifts of at least $35/year to Friends of the Smokies.
  • You must present your membership card in order to receive your discount(s).  No exceptions.
  • Membership benefits and discount programs are subject to change without notice. 
  • For more information, call (865) 932-4794, or e-mail us at info@friendsofthesmokies.org.