If you’ve visited Gatlinburg in the summertime, you know how chaotic the downtown Parkway can be. With hundreds of unique stores, shops, and restaurants, thousands of visitors flood the sidewalks and crosswalks as they explore Gatlinburg for surprising deals and great finds. The number of visitors is further complicated by the steady stream of traffic headed through the Parkway, cars full of excited tourists slowing down to scope out their next dinner or shopping destination.
The Gatlinburg Trolley System is introducing an excellent alternative to walking or driving down the Parkway. As an experimental program, the City of Gatlinburg is offering visitors and residents FREE rides from Traffic Light #1, the beginning of the Parkway, to Traffic Light #10, the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Aiming to reduce congestion and provide more accessibility to areas of downtown, the experimental free rides will continue through the city’s peak summer season.
Three specially designated trolleys will board and unload passengers at numerous stops throughout the Parkway. Unload at the Baskins Square Mall for a delicious funnel cake, or sample the fudge at the KarmelKorn Shop. Spend some time inside the World of Illusions then check out the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum. After you and your family spend some time exploring the Parkway, have dinner at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company or No Way Jose’s. There are endless opportunities for fun and exploration on the Gatlinburg Parkway!
This free trolley ride will be an excellent way to explore the strip with your family and friends. The open-air shuttles begin their commutes at 10:00AM to 10:30PM until August 15th, 2011. The trolleys are handicap accessible and easy to use, color coded by their destination. The Gatlinburg Trolley System has been in business since 1980, and today provides 800,000 patrons with an easy mode of transportation. With 50 miles of trolley routes and a 20+ trolleys available to take you to your destination. For a complete list of trolley routes and prices, visit the Gatlinburg Trolley website.