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


July 2, 2015

Park Reopens Hazel Creek Backcountry Area

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials are reopening trails and backcountry campsites in the Hazel Creek area effective Thursday, July 2. The area has been closed since June 6 following the recent bear attack. Park rangers and wildlife biologists have…

Upcoming Events


July 08, 2015

Trails Forever Volunteer Work Day

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…