How to Avoid Traffic in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Like a Pro

traffic in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge

Visiting the Smoky Mountains is by far one of the most exciting things that families can do all year long. Here, guests can find everything they need for a memorable and enjoyable vacation. However, there is one downfall to all this fun and excitement–traffic.

To help guests learn how to avoid this downfall, be sure to read through our favorite ways to avoid traffic in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge below.

Visit in the Offseason

The easiest way to avoid traffic in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge is to visit the area between mid-January and mid-March. Commonly known as the offseason, this is the time of year where we see the fewest amount of visitors compared to other months.

winter road in the Great Smoky MountainsNow, don’t let the term offseason fool you. There is still a ton of fun things to do in the area this time of year. You and your family can still see your many of your favorite shows, attractions, and shops.

Click here for our favorite things to do in the Smoky Mountains in winter.

Ride the Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg Trolley

Although the trolleys are not immune from occasionally getting stuck in the traffic in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, they are a better alternative than being stuck in your car. The trolleys give you a chance to explore the area and gain a new perspective from not having to worry about spending your own gas along the way. Not to mention, if you purchase a day pass, you and your family will be free to hop on and off the trolley whenever and wherever you need.

For routes and rates, be sure to check out each of the trolley services respective websites at the links below.


Pigeon Forge:

walking in downtown GatlinburgTake a Walk

Nothing beats enjoying a relaxing stroll through the heart of downtown Gatlinburg or along the Parkway in Pigeon Forge. Not only does this let you explore all of your favorite shops and attractions, but it also allows you to fit in a little exercise during your trip. Not to mention, you don’t have to worry about the traffic in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge because you’ll be on foot.

If you need to cross the street, you can do so safely at one of the many crosswalks located along the roadway.

Research Back Roads

It never hurts to take a little time and do some research on the roads and traffic in Gatlinburg before you arrive for your vacation. This can include downloading a few road guide apps on your smartphone like Google Maps and Waze, as well as simply looking at a road map. Both of these sources can help you locate back roads or alternative routes to help you in case the traffic in Gatlinburg does get backed up during your stay.

A couple of our favorite alternative roads include Veterans Boulevard that runs parallel to the Parkway from Dolly Parton Parkway all the way to the other side of Pigeon Forge, as well as the Gatlinburg Bypass that can help you avoid any congestion during peak traffic times.

Want more inside tips on the best ways to enjoy your next vacation in Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains? Feel free to give our vacation experts a call today. With over 10 years of experience in the Smoky Mountains vacation industry, we would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

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