Friends Of The Smokies

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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.



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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Join the community of Friends who love and support the Smokies! Follow us on our social our media channels, and share your stories, videos and photos to inspire others to become a Friend. Tag us @smokiesfriends and use the hashtag #SmokiesFriends on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

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Latest News

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News | June 29, 2021

GSMNP volunteers receive lens cloth with special photograph

by Julie Dodd Great Smoky Mountains National Park saluted the contributions of more than 300 park volunteers by presenting them[…]

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News | June 23, 2021

Classic Hikes of the Smokies – March, April and May

The FOTS Classic Hikes of the Smokies are underway for 2021. The hikes are held each month from March through[…]