Probably the best way to get around Gatlinburg is by Trolley. The town operates the fifth largest mass transit system in Tennessee. Starting in 1980 with just six vehicles, the system has expanded to nearly two dozen trolleys. It covers about 50 miles of the area. And, it's in operation every day of the year!
Next time you're at one of the Gatlinburg Welcome Centers, get your copy of the trolley map. You can park and ride from there, as many times as you want for just $2 per day (not including tan and pink). You can also get a trolley map at most of the hotels (especially those featuring a stop), and the city hall.
The trolleys are handicap-accessible as the transit systems is funded by the FTA, city of Gatlinburg, and the DOT.
There are seven routes entailing a total of 100+ stops in Gatlinburg. Just look for the Trolley street sign. Each is color coded in the following ways...
Red - Downtown River Road
Green - Downtown Parkway, operates from May till November
Yellow - Arts & Crafts Community, operates from April till December
Brown - Great Smoky Mountains National Park, operates from June till October
Pink - Dollywood
Blue - East Parkway & City Hall
Purple - North Gatlinburg Parkway and Welcome Center
Prices range from .50 cents to $2 for a single passenger on the above.
There is also a Winter Magic trolley ride of lights that operates from November through December, three times nightly, and Saturday nights in January.
March through April: 10:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.
May through October: 8:30 a.m. - 12 midnight
November through February: Sunday through Thursday 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 10:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Gatlinburg Mass Transit
88 River Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
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