Would you like to go sightseeing without having to find parking spots or drive in traffic? Then hop on a Gatlinburg trolley and be on your way! There are over 100 locations to board a trolley in this city. So, if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by your options, don’t worry! We’re here to break each route down for you so that you can board the right trolley and get to where you want to be!
1. Red Route: River Road and Convention Center
This uptown loop runs from the Gatlinburg Mass Transit Center south on River Road to the Parkway. From here, it heads north on Historic Nature Trail/Airport Road and the Convention Center to Park Vista Hotel. It then continues down Cherokee Orchard Road to Bishop Lane, onto Stephen Drive and Woliss, and enters onto the Parkway at traffic light #6. The fare for the Red Trolley route is $0.50. Regular schedule departures are approximately every 30 minutes, and winter schedule departures are approximately every 35 minutes.
2. Green Route: Historic Nature Trail and Convention Center
This trolley runs from Gatlinburg Mass Transit Center up Cherokee Orchard Road to Park Vista Hotel, continues down Historic Nature Trail to Parkway and travels south to light #10 and up Ski Mountain Road, and then travels north on Parkway to the Gatlinburg Mass Transit Center. The fare for the Green Trolley route is $0.50 and departs approximately every 30 minutes.
3. Yellow Route: Arts & Crafts Community
This mini-trolley services the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community. This route can be boarded at the Gatlinburg Mass Transit Center at traffic light #5. This Trolley makes the entire eight-mile Glades/Buckhorn Loop. The fare for the Yellow Trolley is $1.00 and provides unlimited access all along the route for the day. This route takes approximately one hour to complete, so just be aware that it may be as long as one hour before it returns to each pick-up/drop off point. This route is available daily April through October and during November and December, the route is available Monday through Saturday.
4. Blue Route: East Parkway & Community Center
The Blue Trolley begins at the Gatlinburg Mass Transit Center at traffic light #5 approximately every 45 minutes and runs along the Parkway to East Parkway, then to Rocky Top Sports World up to the Community Center before it returns to the Mass Transit Center. The fare for the Blue Trolley route is $0.50.
5. Purple Route: North Gatlinburg Parkway & Spur Welcome Center
This route departs from the Park-N-Ride lot south through the entrance to Gatlinburg and along the Parkway, ending at the Gatlinburg Mass Transit Center at traffic light #5 in downtown Gatlinburg. The fare for the Purple Trolley route is $0.50, and departures are approximately every 30 minutes.
6. Tan Route: National Park
The Tan Trolley departs from the Gatlinburg Mass Transit Center and runs up River Road onto the Parkway and into Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Stops along the way include the Sugarlands Visitor Center, Laurel Falls Parking Area, and Elkmont Campground. After these stops are complete, the trolley heads back to Gatlinburg. The fare for this route is $2.00 for a roundtrip, and departs at approximately 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., Noon, 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. Please note that the National Park Tan Trolley Route only runs June through October.
7. Pink Route: Dollywood
The Pink Trolley departs from the Gatlinburg Mass Transit Center at traffic light #5 approximately every 60 minutes, with stops in Pigeon Forge at the Dollywood Information Center on the Parkway and the entrance to Dollywood. The fare for the Pink Trolley route is $1.00 each way. From November until late March, the trolley runs only on dates when Dollywood is open.
Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights
This trolley departs from the Mass Transit Center at traffic light #5 for a 45-minute ride through Gatlinburg’s Winter Magic displays. It does so three times nightly from November through December (excluding the first Friday in December, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Years Day), and each Saturday night in January. It departs at 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. each night of operation. Purchase your tickets today and enjoy this one-of-a-kind experience for yourself.
Tips For Riding
The Gatlinburg trolleys are color-coded by route with signs posted on the front and sides of each one. Exact change is required for each trolley ride, so be sure to bring cash with you. You can also just purchase a Trolley Pass for $2.00, which applies to every route except Tan and Pink. These passes are available at Gatlinburg City Hall and the two Gatlinburg Welcome Centers.
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