Top Ways to Get Around the City
Spring is just around the corner, so it’s time to start planning your spring getaway to Pigeon Forge! Whether you’re coming to celebrate Easter or just for a few days of fun and relaxation in the warm weather, you’ll need a way to travel once in Pigeon Forge. You can always drive along the Parkway in Pigeon Forge, but if you want to avoid some of the headache of traffic, there are some other great options for getting around town.
One of our favorite options is the Pigeon Forge Trolley – the Fun Time Trolley – which runs several routes in and around Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. The classic trolleys are emblazoned with charming Smoky Mountain scenes and offer a “hop on, hop off” transportation experience. Their motto, “Park Your Cares and Ride With the Bears” is the perfect fit for what the trolley system offers. It’s an easy and stress-free way to get around, taking you to the many restaurants, attractions, and shops in the area without you having to drive. The Fun Time Trolley system was started in 1986 to provide a safe, easy, and budget-friendly way to travel; today it consists of about 30 trolley buses and more than 100 stops along the routes – and it’s still incredibly easy on the wallet. You can buy tickets for separate rides or purchase an all-day pass for just $2.50. It’s also really easy to use. Just look for a trolley bear sign or a trolley shelter and wait for the trolley to pick you up. The trolleys are also lift equipped for wheelchairs or other mobility aids; if you can’t make it to the stop, call 865.453.6444 to reserve a para-transit van to pick up anywhere in Pigeon Forge city limits or within ¾ mile of a Fun Time Trolley stop.
- North Parkway: $.50
- South Parkway: $.50
- Gatlinburg Welcome Center: $.75
- Dollywood: $.50
- Dolly’s Splash Country: $.50
- Wears Valley: $.50
- All-day Pass (wristband): $2.50
- Children 3 and under: FREE
Main street trolleys run every 20 to 25 minutes, Wears Valley trolleys run every 40 to 45 minutes, trolleys to Dolly’s Splash Country and Dollywood run every 15 to 20 minutes, and trolleys to the Gatlinburg Welcome Center fun every 25 to 30 minutes. From early March through October, they run daily 8 a.m. until midnight. From November through December, trolleys run daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Trolleys will be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day, so plan accordingly.
The Fun Time Trolley isn’t the only easy and budget-friendly way to travel in Pigeon Forge. You can also walk along the Parkway! You can do it any time of the year, but spring in Pigeon Forge is an especially wonderful time to walk. With warm weather and beautiful scenery, your walk will be more than just a way to get around. It will be an adventure all its own. Find a good parking spot and then walk to the area’s best attractions. Just be sure to use crosswalks and pay attention to traffic when crossing over to the other side of the Parkway. Of course, you can also mix walking with using the trolley system, paying just $.50 – $.75 to get to the different places you may want to visit. One great place to walk in Pigeon Forge is The Island. With shops, restaurants, kids’ activities, and more, there is plenty to do without even leaving this city-like attraction. Spend hours walking around, checking out the unique shops here. You can take a ride on the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, watch the show fountain dance and light up, try some new flavors at Ole Smoky Moonshine, or just grab something sweet at The Sweet Shoppe of the South.
If you will be driving around downtown Pigeon Forge, know the best ways to get around. One of our top tips? If you’re not interested in a car show, DO NOT plan your vacation for a weekend when there will be one in town. Car shows are great for car enthusiasts, but they bring a lot of traffic into town. You can also avoid some traffic by getting into town early and heading back to your cabin a bit later at night. Afternoons and early evenings are the busiest. Check out our Pigeon Forge Traffic blog for some tips on getting around. You can also always ask the locals for the best routes to take or the best times to travel.
Where to Stay this Spring
Beyond knowing how to travel in Pigeon Forge, you’ll need a place to stay during your spring getaway in the Smokies. We have you covered! Heading here for a honeymoon or romantic escape? Check out our 1-2 bedroom cabins or our luxury rentals. Vacationing with a group of friends or with your family? Browse our 3-6 bedroom cabins that feature great amenities, including big screen TVs, indoor jetted tubs, high-speed Internet, great deck spaces, and more. We also have large group lodges for reunions and retreats, pet-friendly properties for those who love their furry friends, and budget-friendly cabins when you want to save some extra money for fun downtown.