We need you.

The Friends of Gorges State Park provides critical support to the events, programs and staff of Gorges State Park. The closures due to COVID-19 have hurt us. We need your help and we need it now.

Become a friend.

Become an individual friend for as little as $15 and become a business friend for as little as $150. We offer several friendship levels and each comes with unique advantages. Every friendship includes a discount in the visitor center gift shop but an individual giving level of $1,000 or over earns the member a unique and private tour of the park with a ranger. Business friends receive a unique work of art that showcases the park and much of our region.

Make a donation.

Make a one-time or request your contribution to be an annual gift. Purchase some Friends of Gorges merchandise. Donate in the Friends of Gorges donation box at the visitor center. The money raised from these donations and sales go straight to furthering our mission. Each and every penny counts.

Why support the Friends of Gorges?

Conserve • Support • Inspire

These words drive our work at Gorges State Park. As an established 501(c)3, we are exclusively non-profit and almost completely volunteer driven. Help us to increase access, educational opportunities and grow Gorges State Park by becoming a member today. 

Where your membership dollars go.

Creating a nature based activity center, planting pollinator gardens, expanding parking facilites and growing our events are just a few of the projects that we’d like to see move forward in the next year.

How you can help.

There are opportunities for everyone. See below if you’d like to become a friend on an individual or family level, a business level or if you’d like to make a donation or purchase some Friends of Gorges merchandise. 

Become a friend as an individual or family.

For as little as $15/year, you can be a part of the future of Gorges State Park. By becoming a friend, you’ll receive countless benefits but most importantly, you’ll be keeping our mission alive.

Become a business friend.

Join our growing community of business friends to show your support of our efforts. By becoming a member, you can help us earn necessary grants and further local economic development. Let’s work together.

Make a donation.

If you would simply like to make a donation, we understand and are very grateful. You can choose your amount for a one time donation or give annualy. 

Purchase from our online store.

Need a sun hat? or a backpack for the trail? We’ve got you covered and by making a purchase, you’ll be supporting our programs and projects! 

A worthy read about Gorges State Park


Also known as Jocassee Gorges, it is a freak of climatological and geologic nature that extends across the North Carolina-South Carolina line southwest of Asheville and has been named by National Geographic as one of fifty “World’s Last Great Places.”

- Dan Dewitt

Author, Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine