In Western North Carolina, our surrounding mountains are one of the most noticeable traits that allow residents to Live the Life You Choose. These mountains aren’t just a scenic backdrop. They are alive with more diverse flora and fauna than almost anywhere on Earth.
It takes a lot of caring and compassion to keep our mountains healthy and vibrant. That’s why organizations like Friends of the Smokies are so important.
What is Friends of the Smokies?
From resource management projects and science programs to artists in residence and visitor protection groups, there’s always something going on in America’s most visited national park.
Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Friends of the Smokies) assists the National Park Service by raising funds and public awareness, as well as by providing volunteers for needed projects. Since 1993, they have raised more than $53 million to fund historic preservation, wildlife management, environmental education, and more in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
For instance, in 2018, Friends of the Smokies raised $2.5 million to upgrade the park’s emergency radio system. New radios transformed the park’s ability to communicate with different agencies in the field, making all the difference in an emergency situation where every second counts.
Get Involved with Friends of the Smokies
Great Smoky Mountains National Park stretches across more than 800 square miles of Western North Carolina and East Tennessee. In addition to its breathtaking views, it’s home to some of the oldest mountains in the world and a diverse range of wildlife. Friends of the Smokies has a number of programs in place to ensure that these mountains remain protected for generations to come. Get involved in a way that speaks to you.
Give to Park Support – Friends of the Smokies manages dozens of park support programs each year. Donate toward a program that means something to you.
Volunteer with Trails Forever – Work closely with park staff and gain experience doing a wide range of trail rehabilitation work. Volunteer workdays run every Wednesday, June–September.
Enjoy the Special Events – Join Friends of the Smokies for one of their signature special events and fundraisers throughout the year, including the Gatlinburg Overnight Experience and the Smokies Stomp Barn Party.
Become a Member – Enjoy shopping, dining, and local adventures at a discount with your membership card. Members also get the inside scoop on park alerts, features, and news.
Rock the License Plate – Residents of North Carolina and Tennessee can show their support on the road with a Friends of the Smokies specialty license plate.
Get More by Giving Back
Every day, Beverly-Hanks is impressed by our agents and staff for their involvement in strengthening community efforts through service and financial support. We encourage you to get involved, too.
Help the National Park Service now and in the future! Give of your time and money to an organization that means something to you. Reach out to Friends of the Smokies or contact your Beverly-Hanks agent to learn about local environmental nonprofits in your community.
Friends of the Smokies
84 Coxe Ave Suite 200, Asheville | (828) 452-0720