By Marci Claude
For a fifth season, the City of Gatlinburg will offer free trolley service to summer visitors along the length of the Parkway during the peak tourist season. Visitors and local residents can board the specially designated trolleys at numerous stops along the Parkway at no charge. The shuttle service will extend from traffic light #1 at the north end of town to light #10 at the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The free open-air trolleys will operate from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily from Saturday, June 13 through Saturday, August 15. All Gatlinburg trolleys are wheelchair accessible.
Approximately 800,000 patrons use the Gatlinburg trolleys annually, making it the fifth-largest mass transit system in the state. It originated in 1980 with only six trolleys, but the fleet has grown to 20-plus trolleys servicing approximately 50 miles in and around Gatlinburg and surrounding areas. One can hop aboard the Gatlinburg Trolleys all day long for just $2 a day with unlimited access to the Red, Blue, Purple, Yellow and Green Trolley routes. The $2 Pass is sold at Welcome Centers as well as at City Hall and the Mass Transit Center, plus numerous Gatlinburg lodging facilities.
For more information about the Gatlinburg Mass Transit System visit GatlinburgTrolley.org. There you can find routes, an informational video, or track the current location of Trolleys en route via a GPS Trolley locator.