Friends Of The Smokies @smokiesfriends

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1 hour ago

Don't miss your chance to run (or walk ) the beautiful Cades Cove Loop this fall! With only a few spots left, we're anticipating a sellout for the 5K and 10-mile course. It's the only footrace in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and will be held Nov. 3. Learn More + Register at #5K #10K #runnerslife #cadescove #smokies #greatsmokymountains #gsmnp

21 hours ago

Don't miss this great event with our Friends @sugarlandsshine Sept. 27 at the Mill and Mine! Roaming Man, An Elevated Evening, is a journey through handcrafted whiskey cocktails, and includes an Appalachian supper and pig roast, whiskey-barrel aged beer collaborations, the Sugarlands Cocktail Competition and a silent auction to benefit Friends of the Smokies! Tickets are limited. Get your 🎟️ today: ⠀ #sipsup #SugarlandsShine #Sugarlands #RoamingMan #Whiskey #TNWhiskey #FriendsoftheSmokies #SmokiesFriends #Knoxville #KnoxvilleTN #GSMNP

22 hours ago

Join us for the inaugural Smokies Cup, presented by Jennings Builders Supply and Hardware, on Friday, September 20th at Biltmore Sporting Clays Club! Register at Teams of four compete in a clay shoot in the morning and afternoon, enjoy breakfast & lunch, a silent auction & raffle, and end the day with refreshments. Morning flight awards will be presented at lunch and afternoon flights after completion. This exciting new event will raise funds to ensure that America’s most-visited national park is preserved and protected for generations to come. Smokies Cup is hosted by Tim and Marilyn Wright, and sponsored by Jennings Builders Supply and Hardware, Henco Reprographics, Webb Investment Services, Wright Family Custom Homes, Beverly-Hanks, Realtors - Western North Carolina Real Estate, MATH Insurance Service, Smoky Mountain Living Magazine and support by Cackalacky. #smokiescup #sportingclays #biltmoreestate #smokies #clayshooting #friendsofthesmokies #asheville


Do you or someone you know love sporting clays? Our inaugural Smokies Cup will be held on Friday, September 20th at Biltmore Sporting Clays Club in Asheville, NC. Teams of four compete in a clay shoot in the morning and afternoon, enjoy breakfast & lunch, a silent auction & raffle, and end the day with refreshments. Morning flight awards will be presented at lunch and afternoon flights after completion. Help us spread the word about this great event to raise funds to help protect and preserve the Smokies! Information + Registration can be found here: ⠀ ⠀ #sportingclays #clayshooting #biltmore #smokies #friendsofthesmokies #smokiescup #asheville

3 days ago

An important work is underway to document the history of African Americans in the Smokies. Check out Blue Ridge Public Radio's coverage of the open house recently held in Waynesville. #stream /0 (Photo by Lilly Knoepp ) #smokies #greatsmokymountains #gsmnp

4 days ago

Cades Cove on a crisp fall morning... Does it get any better? The only footrace inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be held Nov. 3rd and it is almost sold out! Don’t miss this unique opportutnity to experience the splendor of Cades Cove while raising funds to protect it for future generations. Get Info + Register Here: #cadescove #cadescovelooplope #smokies #greatsmokymountains #runnerslife #runners #runhappy

5 days ago

Meet some of the high school students from North Carolina and Tennessee who were GSMNP interns. Guest blogger Emily Boring introduces the Tennessee interns as they share why they wanted to participate in the summer internship program. Read More >> #nationalparks #smokies #internships #greatsmokymountains #gsmnp

5 days ago

The work that volunteers do in GSMNP is truly amazing, both in quantity and quality. Programs like the volunteer bike patrol we explore this #FundMeFriday play a big role in freeing up law enforcement and park rangers for more serious or urgent matters. Thanks to all the volunteers who make this park so very special!⠀ ⠀ Cades Cove Bike Patrol ($2,500 )⠀ Volunteer bike patrols help Resource & Visitor Protection staff manage road and bike traffic, provide safety information, and assist in managing accident scenes. These funds will help replace safety uniform shirts, bike equipment, and safety gear.⠀ ⠀ Discover and Donate at

6 days ago

Last night, we celebrated our 25th annual telethon and collected $215,025 in donations from hundreds of callers, online contributors and support from sponsors Dollywood, Mast General Store, Pilot Flying J, SmartBank, Sugarlands Cellars and Tennessee State Bank! THANK YOU to everyone who made a donation and volunteered. We're also grateful to #WBIR and #WLOS for broadcasting the telethon. Since 1995, the telethons have raised more than $4 million in support of America's most-visited national park. Donations can still be made online at ⠀ #SmokiesTelethon #FriendsoftheSmokies #Smokies #GreatSmokyMountains #GiveBack #donateToday

6 days ago

We're live on @wbir and @wlos NOW! Tune-in for our 25th Annual #smokiestelethon and donate during the broadcast by calling 844-524-1611.

1 weeks ago

Tonight! Tune-in for the 25th Annual Telethon on WBIR and WLOS from 7-8pm and get a behind-the-scenes perspective of the televised event LIVE on Facebook! Join us as we 'answer the call' to provide critical funding for the park's programs and projects. During the broadcast, you can donate by calling toll-free 844-524-1611 or contribute online at #smokies #knoxville #asheville #friendsofthesmokies #gsmnp #greatsmokymountains #smokiestelethon

2 weeks ago

Love the park? Be part of our 25th Annual Telethon! Every dollar counts as we 'answer the call' to help provide critical funds for the park's programs and projects, including an emergency radio communications system upgrade. The telethon airs TOMORROW, 7-8pm on WBIR in Knoxville, WLOS in Asheville and on Facebook Live. Help us kick off this week's big 25th anniversary event by donating now! ⠀ #wbir #wlos #asheville #knoxville #gatlinburg #pigeonforge #townsend #smokies #greatsmokymountains #friendsofthesmokies #gsmnp

2 weeks ago

Hurry! Don't miss the opportunity to run (or walk! ), to compete or just for fun, in one of the most beautiful places in the world - Cades Cove! Space is limited and we expect to sellout. This is the only footrace in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and will be held Nov. 3. This year, in addition to the 5K and 10-mile course, we are adding a Virtual Race option. If you can’t make it to Cades Cove on Sunday, November 3, you can sign up to run the 5K or 10-mile distance at the time and place of your choice and still support Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Learn More + Register at AND, Join us in thanking our sponsors: 21st Mortgage, Denso, Buillfish Grill, Rocky Top Tours, Townsend Gateway Inn, @littlearrowresort @fleetfeetknox @unlimitedtrainingsystems #runnerslife #smokies #greatsmokymountains #gsmnp #cadescove

2 weeks ago

Are you up for the challenge? Friends of the Smokies will hold its first annual Smokies Cup on Friday, September 20th at Biltmore Sporting Clays Club. Teams of four compete in a clay shoot in the morning and afternoon, enjoy breakfast & lunch, a silent auction & raffle, and end the day with refreshments. Morning flight awards will be presented at lunch and afternoon flights after completion. This exciting new event will raise funds to ensure that America’s most-visited national park is preserved and protected for generations to come. ⠀ Get the Details + Register Here: ⠀ #clayshooting #claytargetshooting #biltmore #smokies

2 weeks ago

Did you know there are more wildflowers in the Smokies than any other national park? There are still plenty of wildflowers blooming this month so it's a great time to visit! Help preserve this beautiful place by becoming a 'Friend.' Make a contribution: ⠀ (Photo by Tom Haxby, Cardinal Flower on Middle Prong ) ⠀ #travelgram #instanature #naturelover #smokies #greatsmokymountains #friendsofthesmokies

2 weeks ago

Today is International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples so this week's #FundMeFriday is an opportunity for you to support our Park Liaison program at the Cherokee School. The Cherokee people have called this area home for thousands of years and GSMNP staff work to ensure their story is told and celebrated in the Smokies.⠀ Details about this project... ⠀ Park Liaison with Cherokee School ($106,800 )⠀ This project helps to fund a coordinator for an educational partnership between the park and Cherokee Middle School as well as introducing curriculum to all gateway community schools in NC through the development of educational trunk materials. The coordinator will develop, implement, and evaluate a planned curriculum used to educate children about the cultural and natural resources of the Smokies.⠀ Discover & Donate at⠀ #IndigenousDay #Cherokeepride #GSMNP #SmokyMountains #Smokies #greatsmokies #friendsofthesmokies

2 weeks ago

Join us! The 25th Annual Friends Across the Mountains Telethon is Wednesday, August 14, from 7-8pm, on @WBIR Channel 10 in #Knoxville and WLOS News 13 in #Asheville #SmokiesTelethon #smokies #friendsofthesmokies #gatlinburg #pigeonforge #townsend

2 weeks ago

Space is limited and going fast! Don't miss the only footrace in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Cades Cove Loop Lope is Nov. 3rd. Get the Details & Register HERE >> #CadesCove #runnerslife #running #trailrun #smokies #friendsofthesmokies

3 weeks ago

Have you seen the Friends of the Smokies license plates? Available in Tennessee and North Carolina, these license plates help drive improvements all across Great Smoky Mountains National Park! See how to get one of your very own. #friendsofthesmokies #tn #nc #smokies #greatsmokymountains #gsmnp

2 weeks ago

Join us for our annual telethon on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 7-8pm ET as we celebrate '25 Years of Making the Call.' The live televised event, airing on WBIR in Knoxville and WLOS in Asheville, will help fund the park's emergency communications system upgrade. You can help us kick it off early by donating NOW! >> #SmokiesTelethon #friendsofthesmokies #smokies #wbir #wlos #knoxville #asheville

3 weeks ago

For a truly unique perspective on the park and pro tips on how to make the most of your visit to the Smokies, check out the interview with GSMNP Superintendent Cassius Cash, written by adventurers Martin and Libby Rose on their blog @wanderingrosetravels #wanderingrosetravels #smokies #gsmnp #friendsofthesmokies

3 weeks ago

It's #FundMeFriday again! Let's take a look at another project we support thanks to your generous donations.⠀ ⠀ Urban Youth Programs at Purchase Knob ($18,000 )⠀ Similar to the project we featured in May with the Boys and Girls Club in Knoxville, this program will continue a unique partnership with Asheville Greenworks and its Youth Environmental Leadership Program (YELP ). The program works intensively with park vegetation crew, trail crew and resource education to accomplish stewardship projects. The funding FOTS provides pays for staffing and transportation to the park from Asheville. This is a great opportunity for kids to get their hands dirty working in the park. Who knows, they may turn that into a future career!⠀ ⠀ Discover & Donate at Photo courtesy of Asheville Citizen Times.

3 weeks ago

Reminder: TONIGHT, 6 p.m. at the Blount County Library #GSMNP officials are hosting an open house where they'll talk about the African American experience in southern Appalachia and invite attendees to share their stories as part of this important research project. Please join us! #alcoa #maryvilletn #blountco #smokies

3 weeks ago

Help preserve one of America’s greatest treasures for future generations to come by becoming a Friends of the Smokies MEMBER! By joining our community as an individual member, you'll receive our exclusive members-only newsletter, a membership card, special Smokies discounts and a Friends decal. Learn More about membership and all the ways you can support the Smokies online at #FriendsoftheSmokies #Smokies #GreatSmokyMountains #GSMNP

4 weeks ago

The Look Rock picnic area just opened to the public! Now the park plans to start working on the reopening of Look Rock campground, which is another great restoration project funded in part by #FriendsoftheSmokies Want to help? Become a ‘Friend.’ Learn More: #smokies #gsmnp #maryvilletn #blountco #smokymountains #smokymountainsnationalpark

4 weeks ago

Tuesday we are celebrating the #InternationalDayOfFriendship with our pals at @Navitat Canopy Adventures & #Navitat Knoxville! Book an adventure for July 30 and mention us to get 10% off your ticket, PLUS a portion of sales will be donated back to the Smokies! #knoxville #asheville #navitatknoxville #knoxrocks

4 weeks ago

If you've visited the Smokies, there's a good chance you've been through Cades Cove. This peaceful little valley is not maintained by accident or by magic -- it takes a lot of work by dedicated employees to protect and preserve this crowd-favorite historic district in GSMNP. #FundMeFriday ⠀ ⠀ Cades Cove Fencing & Historic Maintenance ($52,600 )⠀ Over the last several years, park staff have repaired or replaced the most critical fences around Cades Cove. The park now has 44,000 feet of barbless wire fencing, 4,900 feet of locust worm fencing, and 3,200 feet of locust post and stacked rail fencing. These funds help support two seasonal employees who maintain these fences along with 13 cemeteries and 9 historic structures in Cades Cove.⠀ ⠀ Discover & Donate at

4 weeks ago

Our 2nd annual Smokies Stomp Barn Party raised more than $84,000 to provide funding for a critical upgrade to Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s emergency radio communications system! We’re so close to the finish line on this $2.5M life-saving upgrade. Special thank you to @davidhuffcreative for the wonderful photos! Want to help? Every dollar counts. Donate today! >> #smokies #gsmnp #smokymountains #ashevillenc #smokiesstomp #smokiesstompbarnparty #friendsofthesmokies #gatlinburg

5 weeks ago

Discover the history of African Americans in the park and share your stories! GSMA is offering two open house events: 6pm to 7:30pm on Thursday, Aug. 1 at the Blount County Public Library in Maryville, TN and on Monday, Aug. 5 at the Pigeon Community Multicultural Development Center in Waynesville, NC. #smokies #greatsmokymountains #maryvilletn #waynesvillenc

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Time for another #FundMeFriday where we take a peek at a 2019 project funded in part by your donations.⠀ ⠀ Teacher in Park Program at Purchase Knob ($4,000 )⠀ Funds to support a summer 2019 Teacher in Park position to assist with the high school intern program and summer Junior Ranger programs in NC. The additional helping hands make a big impact for education rangers in the park and help teachers pick up a few new skills along the way.The Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center at Purchase Knob is a word-class research and education facility on the North Carolina side of the park.⠀ ⠀ Discover & Donate at

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Registration for the 2019 Cades Cove Loop Lope is now OPEN! Run over to and click REGISTER to reserve your spot! 🏃🏃🏃

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Each Friday, we take a look at a project that your donations help fund this year. Today, we do so in memory of Ranger Joe Kolodski. 💚⠀ ⠀ Joe Kolodski Scholarship ($7,500 )⠀ This is a new scholarship award named in memory of Ranger Joe Kolodski who was killed in the line of duty in June 1998. The award will be used to directly benefit advanced leadership training and development for law enforcement staff. It may also be used to purchase advanced rescue or law enforcement equipment. The scholarship, at the discretion of the Chief Ranger, will be recommended by field staff annually.⠀ ⠀ Our special thanks to the rangers and law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line to help protect this park day in and day out.

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On Saturday, July 20 join us for the Smokies Stomp Barn Party just outside of Asheville, NC! The Smokies Stomp is presented by @wanderingrosetravels and Webb Investment Services, with additional support provided by @bankofamerica @blueghostbrewing @navitat @whitelabsavl @allegraasheville @beverlyhanks @biltmorewines @dbltreebiltmore @davidhuffcreative @lifeatdhg @dominionenergy First Citizens Bank @gaiaherbs @harrahscherokee Insurance Service of Asheville @kenwilsonford @mastgeneralstore @nantahalaoutdoorcenter Roberts and Stevens Attorneys at Law @ashevillerealtormwright @wildlandtrekking @premiersir Photo by @kristi_parsons

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Each Friday, we are sharing a project from our 2019 Park Support List that your donations help fund. We call it #FundMeFriday !⠀ ⠀ Reduce Ginseng Poaching through Marking Ginseng Roots ($5,000 )⠀ These funds support an annual ginseng marking blitz. Market demands place heavy pressure on this resource from illegal harvesters who poach for profit. This program is a very cost-effective way to assist in the deterrence and detection of commercial poaching of this at-risk resource. Over the years park biologists have marked and replanted most of the 13,000 roots that law enforcement seized. Monitoring shows that today many of these roots have survived and are again thriving in these mountains.⠀ Remember, you are not allowed to pick or harvest any plants inside the national park (with a few exceptions by permit ). #LeaveNoTrace ⠀ ⠀ Discover & Donate at

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