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Smoky Mountain visitors should prepare to say goodbye to the beloved Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg trolley systems. Why? Because getting around the Great Smoky Mountains is about to become a whole lot easier!
Sevier County has announced plans to construct a state of the art public transportation system known as the Smoky Mountain Subway. For a small cost, the subway system will take visitors throughout the area, offering hundreds of stops along the way, just like the trolleys.
Unlike the traditional subway system, this transportation will provide a unique experience for each visitor. Offering scenic underground mountain views, free water and stale crackers, visitors will be able to travel throughout the Smokies in style. The towns plan to phase out the trolley systems over the course of the next six months, while the construction begins for the new subway system.
Below, you can find some details about the new subway system, projected to open in time for visitors to see the fall colors in early to late October
Cost to Ride the Smoky Mountain Subway (Per Rider)
- To Dollywood or Dolly’s Splash Country: $13.00
- To Wears Valley: $10.00
- To the Arts and Crafts Community: $17.00
- Gatlinburg Welcome Center: $11.00
- To the National Park (Sugarlands Visitor Center): $15.00
- All Day Pass: $25.00
*Please note that each ride may take up to 30 minutes between stops. No restrooms are located on the trains.
Rides on the Smoky Mountain Subway are available 24 hours per day, 363 days per year. The Subway will be closed in observance of Earth Day and Christmas Day.
Lucky for you, you won’t be forced to ride on the Smoky Mountain Subway. This is an April Fools’ Day joke, and we would never want anything to replace our awesome Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg trolley systems!
The Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg trolleys provide the best form of transportation, at incredibly low costs. To ride the Pigeon Forge trolley for a full day, you can purchase a wristband for only $2.50. In addition, other stops can cost as low as $.50 per ride. When you ride the trolleys, you can also experience the beautiful sights of the Smoky Mountain area, including stunning mountain views as you explore the Parkways. We think all of that is much better than an ‘underground view!’
If you enjoyed this post, scroll to the bottom and tell us your favorite thing about riding the trolleys!
To start planning your Smoky Mountain vacation, take a look at Visit My Smokies’ ‘Where to Stay’ page. Whether you’re looking for a cabin, chalet or bed and breakfast, you can see all of the accommodations throughout Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.