Ride the Gatlinburg Parkway Trolley for Free!

The Free Parkway Trolley starts today!

Yay for the City of Gatlinburg!

Starting today, trolley service along the Parkway is FREE (yes, you got that right — FREE!) for the rest of the summer. We are SO excited about this!

The free shuttle route runs from Traffic Light #1 at the north end of town to Light #10 at the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There are 40 different stops along this stretch. Trolleys will operate from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily through August 15.

The trolleys that are free have been specially painted with the words “Parkway Free Trolley,” to avoid confusion.

Last summer, the city had a trial of the free trolley system that lasted for 49 days. Nearly 1,300 visitors rode the free trolley. It went so well that the free trolley system has been implemented for the entire 2012 summer season.

Gatlinburg has the fifth-largest mass transit system in the state of Tennessee. About 800,000 people ride Gatlinburg trolleys each year. All of the trolleys are handicap accessible.

The Gatlinburg trolley system extends far beyond just the Parkway, though only the Parkway stops are free for the summer. Other routes include the convention center, historic nature trail, arts & crafts community, national park, and Dollywood. For specific information, visit the routes page. Fares vary from 50 cents to $2.

But Gatlinburg has done another great thing with the trolleys! Now you can buy a all day pass for just $2 at the City Welcome Centers, City Hall, many local hotels, or the Mass Transit Center. With this pass, you can hop on and off the various trolleys all day long.

You can also pull up a map that gives you real-time info on where trolleys are — visit that link here.

Hurray for Gatlinburg! The city is all about making traveling to the area easier than ever.

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