Do you want to sightsee without having to find parking spots or drive in traffic? The Gatlinburg Trolley should be a consideration! There are several locations to board the trolley.
From May 1 through October 31, the Gatlinburg Trolley System operates from 8:30 a.m. until midnight to provide residents and visitors a free, safe, reliable form of transportation on a consistent, daily basis.
There are no fares or fees to ride the Gatlinburg Trolleys.
Yellow Route: Arts & Crafts Community
This mini-trolley services the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community. Board at the Gatlinburg Mass Transit Center at traffic light #5. This Trolley makes the entire eight-mile Glades/Buckhorn Loop and takes roughly one hour. It may be as long as one hour before it returns to each pick-up/drop off point. The route runs daily from 10:30 am to 6 pm from May 1 through October.
Blue Route: East Parkway & Community Center
The Trolley System’s Blue Route serves the free Gatlinburg Park N’Ride lot located next to City Hall on East Parkway and offers convenient access to shops, lodging, and attractions. The route begins at the Gatlinburg Mass Transit Center at traffic light #5 approximately every 45 minutes and runs along Parkway to US Highway 321 East Parkway to Rocky Top Sports World up to the Gatlinburg Community Center before returning to the downtown area, where it stops at the Transit Center at the Aquarium. The route then continues south on the Parkway, Highway 441, traveling to Traffic Light 8, turning left onto Historic Nature Trail/Airport Road to the Park Vista. From the Park Vista, the route will travel Cherokee Orchard Road, servicing Baskins Creek, Stephens Drive, and Woliss Lane accessing the Parkway at Traffic Light 6, then completing its route at the Gatlinburg Mass Transit Center.
Purple Route: North Gatlinburg Parkway & Spur Welcome Center
The Trolley system’s Purple Route serves the free Gatlinburg Park N’Ride lot and the Gatlinburg Welcome Center located on Highway 441/Spur between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. The route departs approximately every 45 minutes from the free Park N’Ride lot, South, through the entrance to Gatlinburg and along the Parkway, continuing South on River Road servicing portions of Ski Mountain Road before returning to the Parkway traveling downtown, where it will stop at the Gatlinburg Mass Transit Center, before completing the route back to the Gatlinburg Welcome Center.
Tips For Riding the Gatlinburg Trolley
The Gatlinburg trolleys are color-coded by route with signs posted on the front and sides of each one. The Gatlinburg Trolley runs throughout the city and surrounding area, so you will go pass the best attractions and things to do. Just hop off when you see something you want to see and do.
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