One of the fantastic things about the location of the Sidney James Mountain Lodge is that there’s a trolley stop just outside our main entrance! The Gatlinburg Trolley system provides cheap and convenient transportation throughout Gatlinburg so you can easily explore the area without the hassle of driving! All of the trolley routes are color coded, enabling you to easily tell if you are on the correct route by looking at the signs on the front and sides of each trolley. Here are the top 4 convenient Gatlinburg Trolley routes that you can use to get around town during your vacation:
1. Red Route: River Road and Convention Center
One of the Gatlinburg Trolley routes with a stop in front of our lodge is the River Road and Convention Center Route, which is also known as the Red Route. The Red Route takes you to the Gatlinburg Mass Transit Center, where you can connect to some of the other popular trolley routes, like the Arts and Crafts Yellow Route or Dollywood Pink Route. The Red Route also travels along River Road, Cherokee Orchard Road, and the Parkway with access to the Gatlinburg Convention Center and other convenient stops.
2. Green Route: Historic Trail and Convention Center
The other Gatlinburg Trolley route with a stop in front of our hotel in Gatlinburg TN is the Historic Trail and Convention Center Route, which is also known as the Green Route. This route provides service from the Gatlinburg Mass Transit Center and travels along Cherokee Orchard Road, Historic Nature Trail, Ski Mountain Road and the Parkway. Keep in mind that the Green Route is a seasonal route that only operates from May to October.
3. Tan Route: National Park
Once you have accessed the Gatlinburg Mass Transit Center, you can take advantage of the National Park Route, or Tan Route, to access the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! This is a great way to avoid traffic inside of the park and to relax on your way back to the hotel after an action-packed day of hiking! The Tan Route stops inside of the national park at the Sugarlands Visitor Center, Laurel Falls parking area, and Elkmont Campground before returning to Gatlinburg. Note that this is also a seasonal route, and it operates from June through October.
4. North Gatlinburg Parkway & Spur Welcome Center: Purple Route
The North Gatlinburg Parkway & Spur Welcome Center, or Purple Route, is a convenient Gatlinburg Trolley Route that provides service to the Gatlinburg Welcome Center on the spur of Highway 441 between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. This is a fantastic place to visit at the start of your vacation so you can pick up brochures about area attractions and learn more about the area! After taking the Red Route or Green Route from our hotel, you can transfer to the Gatlinburg Mass Transit Center to take advantage of the Purple Route.
Trolleys depart every 30 minutes exactly and require exact change if you are going to ride. Learn more about our convenient Gatlinburg trolley stop and start planning your vacation! We hope to see you soon!