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Join more than 4,500 active members of Friends of the Smokies and enjoy our membership benefits.   Click here to join or renew on-line on our secure website.


To learn how your business can be a Friend of the Smokies, click here.


Memorial Gifts
A memorial gift is a meaningful way to remember someone who has passed on. Memorial gifts may be sent to "Friends of the Smokies," P.O. Box 1660, Kodak, TN 37764-7660.
Please indicate who is being remembered, as well as who should be notified of the memorial gift (e.g., a surviving spouse, parent, or child), along with a mailing address for that individual.

Click here to see a list of individuals who are currently being remembered through gifts to Friends of the Smokies.

Click here to learn about a very special Memorial Gift that Friends received.

Honor Gifts
Many people choose to send gifts in honor of special people…everyone from family members celebrating a birthday to a couple getting married or celebrating a big anniversary. These tribute gifts may be sent to "Friends of the Smokies," P.O. Box P.O. Box 1660, Kodak, TN 37764-7660. Please indicate who is being honored and where to send a notification of the gift.


Your time is just as valuable as any monetary contribution. For more information on volunteer opportunities with Friends of the Smokies and other Park Partners, visit our volunteer page.


A Brief Guide to Planned Giving is now available here. You can find basic information about bequests, trusts, and other common methods of planned giving. For more information, please contact Jim Hart, President of Friends of the Smokies, at
800-845-5665. Each inquiry is handled confidentially and places you under no obligation.


A gift of appreciated stock can provide much-needed support for Friends of the Smokies, while also lowering your taxes.


Restaurants donate food for special events. Computer consultants help manage our hardware and software. Artists, bed and breakfasts, bookstores, outfitters, and many others offer their products and services as items for our annual fundraising auctions. To discuss the possibilities, please call Kathryn Robertson, Office/Special Events Coordinator at (865) 932-4794.


“Hello. I just wanted to send you folks a line to let you know how much my husband and I enjoy driving the Cades Cove loop. We live in big Stone Gap Va. and every time we go through we always donate at the last box at the end of the loop, and we have seen many many cars go by these boxes and never stop. We think that the trip through the cove is priceless and every car should make a donation even if its just a small one. The beauty is just breath taking there, and I just cannot put into words the awe and wonder of it all. We was there earlier in May this year and saw six bears. As I said before Its just simply priceless. Thank you.” - Gary and Paula D.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the only major national park without an entrance fee. Most other national parks charge $10 to $20 per vehicle. We believe the Smokies experience is worth a whole lot more! On your next visit to the park, please consider a donation a few pennies or a few dollars to help support visitor facilities, trails, wildlife conservation, historic preservation, and education programs. Donation boxes are located at all of the park's visitor centers, as well as several outdoor locations, including Cades Cove, Cataloochee Valley, and Newfound Gap.

Which ever way you choose to give, thank you for helping to preserve and protect Great Smoky Mountains National Park!

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Wherever you go in the Smokies, you can see the results of our collective efforts, but we still have a lot more work to do. Please help us help the Smokies. Become a Friend Today! Click for more info.

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