Transportation in the Smokies

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Public Transportation in the Smoky Mountains

For just a few more days, anyone wanting to come take a tour of downtown Gatlinburg can do so for free.

Up until August 14, the city of Gatlinburg is offering free trolley rides along the length of the Parkway as a study program for anyone who wants to catch a ride on one of three specially designated trolleys.

The shuttle service route extends from Traffic Light No. 1 at the north end of town to Light No. 10 at the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The free open-air shuttles are operating from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily through August 14. All Gatlinburg trolleys are handicap accessible. Extra stops have been established along the special route to bring the number to 40 along Parkway.

As a part of the Gatlinburg Mass Transit System, the system provides service for 50 cents or $1 per rider along a half-dozen routes. Approximately 800,000 patrons use Gatlinburg’s trolleys annually, making it the fifth-largest mass transit system in the state of Tennessee.

 Started in 1980 with only six trolleys, Gatlinburg’s fleet has grown to 20-plus trolleys servicing approximately 50 miles of trolley routes. Gatlinburg Trolleys run all day long throughout the year for just $2 a day with unlimited access to the Red, Blue, Purple, Yellow and Green Trolley routes. The $2 Pass is sold at Gatlinburg welcome centers as well as at Gatlinburg City Hall and the mass transit center, plus at numerous Gatlinburg hotels and other local attractions .

To view the current location of Gatlinburg’s trolleys, visit www.otvia.com/gatlinburg. You’ll see a city map, the box color indicates the trolley route color. For more information, visit any Gatlinburg City Welcome Center or call (865) 436-0535.

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