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"Our members are the lifeblood of our organization. You are today’s stewards of Great Smoky Mountains National Park: you take the time to learn about the park’s resources; you honor its rich history; you buy and read our publications; and you contribute your member dues, donations, and time so that this park can continue to inspire people for generations to come." – Laurel Rematore, Chief Executive Officer

Acorn Members
(Youth up to age 14)

  • FREE copy of age-appropriate publication available from Great Smoky Mountains Association. Choose from titles like Who Pooped in the Park, The Troublesome Cub, 10 Things I Like About You coloring book and more
  • Youth membership card attached to fun trivia and games worksheet
  • Email invitations to four in-park programs in 2019 designed just for kids (and an adult chaperone). Click HERE for details.


Buckeye Individual and Family Members

  • Annual membership card in your name; second card available for family membership
  • FREE "Get Rooted in the Smokies" logo bag (while supplies last; in store only)
  • 15% shopping discount at all GSMA visitor center stores, including our website
  • Reciprocal Discount Program saves you at least 10% at 400 public land stores across the country
  • Annual subscription to Smokies Life magazine, mailed to you in spring and fall
  • Annual subscription to Bear Paw member newsletter mailed to you in summer and winter
  • Monthly Cub Report e-newsletter emailed to you each month, except January
  • Rent the Mountain Farm Museum audio tour at Oconaluftee Visitor Center for .99 cents, a $2 savings
  • Email invitation to Branch Out events
  • Mail and email invitation to Members Weekend each September
  • Discounts from select Lookout League Members. Click HERE for details

Chestnut Individuals and Family Members

All the benefits of a Buckeye, plus...

  • Join or upgrade to Chestnut (or higher level) for two chances to win prize packages donated by Lookout League members in North Carolina and Tennessee. Click HERE for details.

Dogwood Individuals and Family Members

All the benefits of a Chestnut, plus...

  • Exclusive invitation to Board of Directors and National Park Service reception during Members Weekend each September
  • $50 gift certificate to spend in our visitor center stores and website after your fourth installment

Hemlock Individuals and Family Members

All the benefits of a Dogwood, plus...

  • A free, half-day private tour of Cades Cove provided by Mike Meldrum, retired park ranger who spent 16 years working in the Cove. Details of our tour will be worked out directly with Mike.
  • 20% saving at all Great Smoky Mountains National Park visitor center stores on our website
  • Free admission to all Branch Out events. NOTE: This benefit does not apply to lifetime members grandfathered into the previous program (See below for details)
  • A lifetime of knowing your membership is supporting the Smokies

Lifetime Members

This level is no longer available, but our Lifetime members enjoy all the benefits of a Buckeye, plus...

  • 25% saving at all Great Smoky Mountains National Park visitor center stores on our website
  • A lifetime of knowing your membership is supporting the Smokies

As many of your member benefits are made available through the U.S. mail and email, please contact us with address updates or use your online account to make updates. For even more information about your membership, please call us anytime at 865.436.7318, Exts. 222, 254, 349 and 325.