FAQs

Frequently asked questions about Gatlinburg. Did you know?

How much does it cost to get into Great Smoky Mountains National Park?
There is no charge to enter Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is the only free National Park in the United States.

Where is the closest airport to Gatlinburg?
The closest commercial airport is the McGhee-Tyson Airport (TYS) in Knoxville, Tennessee and is about 40 miles from Gatlinburg. The number for the McGhee- Tyson Airport is (865) 342-2900. You can rent cars or hire a limo from Affairs of Style at (865) 454-4059 or A Step Above Limousines at (865) 430-3514. Rocky Top Tours also offers a shuttle service from the Knoxville airport with reservations, just call 1-877-315-8687. Private charter planes can fly into the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport (KGKT), just call them at (865) 453-8393.

Where do I get a fishing license and the Gatlinburg fishing permit, and how much does it cost?
You can get a fishing license at the Gatlinburg Welcome Center on 441/The Spur, at any Food City grocery store (865) 430-3116, NOC’s Great Outpost (865) 277-8209 and Smoky Mountain Angler (865) 436-8746. Remember, there are different permits 27 required, depending on if the visitor wants to fish within the City limits of Gatlinburg or just in the Park and surrounding areas, so be sure you know what you want before you buy a permit! Permits range in price from $3.50 a day to $9.00 a day, depending on where they want to fish and if they want a one, three or ten-day pass. See questions 58 and 59 for more fishing information!

What do I do if I see a bear?
If you see a bear, do not approach it! Keep your eyes on the bear while you slowly walk away. If the bear follows you, change direction or stand your ground and talk loudly, shout and make yourself look as big as possible. Do not turn away and do not run. As always, never feed the bear and always bear proof your food and garbage.

Is it true that the song “Rocky Top” was written in Gatlinburg?
YES that is true! Boudleaux and Felice Bryant composed the song in room 388 of the Gatlinburg Inn in 1967

Where can I work out in Gatlinburg if my lodging does not offer gym facilities?
If walking the Parkway and all the activities in the Gatlinburg area still aren’t enough exercise for you, simply visit Bruce All Mighty Fitness at 200 East Parkway, their number is (865) 430-3895. You can also visit the Gatlinburg Community Center up Highway 321 at 156 Proffitt Road, next to Gatlinburg- Pittman High School. The Community Center has indoor swimming, a bowling alley, basketball and racquetball courts, as well as work out facilities and classes. Their number is (865) 436-4990.

What is Gatlinburg doing to protect the environment?
In 2008, the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce launched an educational evaluative program for its member businesses called Gatlinburg Goes Green. This initiative allows businesses to examine their daily operations in order to improve their environmental impact, and also “grades” them based on their current practices. The City of Gatlinburg has also made extensive sustainable efforts, including converting the Winter Magic Christmas lights to LED technology, facilitating public recycling centers and using eco-friendly technology in building renovations. Check out www.GatlinburgGoesGreen.com for sustainable initiatives.

What times do the Trolleys run?
Gatlinburg Mass Transit (GMT ) operates Monday through Sunday from 8:00am to midnight from April through October. GMT’s winter schedule operates Sunday through Thursday from 10:00am to 6:00pm, and on Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00am to 10:00pm from November to March. Gatlinburg Mass Transit does operate on Sundays, New Years Day, Martin Luther King Jr Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas.

Where is a great place to watch a sunrise or sunset in the area?
Two of the most spectacular places to watch a sunrise or sunset is Myrtle Point on Mt. LeConte and Clingman's Dome.

Can I take my pet on the streets of Gatlinburg? 
Yes, you can have your pet on the streets of Gatlinburg  as long as your pet is on a leash

Can I get Gatlinburg information on my Smartphone?
Yes! If you're out and about, you can get information about Gatlinburg directly from your Smartphone. Check out mobile.gatlinburg.com to find lodging, things to do, events, services and wedding information while you are traveling or vacationing in Gatlinburg!

Where do I park for the Convention Center?
There are plenty of public and private paid parking lots in downtown Gatlinburg with some right next to the Convention Center, and the City has a paid lot on Reagan Drive close to the Convention Center!

Where is the grocery store in Gatlinburg?
Food City is located on Highway 321, less than 3 miles from the downtown Parkway. Food City is Gatlinburg's everyday low price supermarket. The ultra modern store features pharmacy, floral, video, picnic supplies and a full line of groceries. They even bake wedding cakes! Call them at (865) 430-3116.