Maps & Directions

Getting here is easy, and so is getting around.

Nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg is only a day's drive from two-thirds of the U.S. population east of the Mississippi River. You'll also be hard pressed to find a town that's easier to park and get around in once you arrive. And, and since most of the attractions, restaurants and much of the shopping downtown are within walking distance, you'll be able to explore at your own pace. Looking for an alternate route to Gatlinburg, check out the map below.

Alternate Routes Map

Once you get here

You can now hop aboard the Gatlinburg Trolleys all day long for just two dollars a day. This includes unlimited access to the Red, Blue, Purple and Yellow Trolley routes. The All Day Trolley Pass is now sold at both Gatlinburg Welcome Centers as well as City Hall and the Mass Transit Center adjacent to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. You can also take individual routes and the average fee starts at 50 cents on up to two dollars. Exact change is required. Check the Gatlinburg Trolley map below for all the routes and fees.

You can view the locations of the trolleys and get a PDF of the Gatlinburg Trolley map below. The trolley map also shows local parking lots and decks. Gatlinburg has over 17 parking lots conveniently located throughout the downtown area for easy access. Just look for the blue parking labels. Parking fees vary based on locations.

Gatlinburg Trolley map
pdf of map (4.4 mb)
image of map (3.3 mb)

Map of Gatlinburg Business locations
pdf of map (4 mb)
image of map (766 kb)

Where to Park

Public parking in Gatlinburg? It’s really not all that difficult when you consider the wealth of City parking and private lots available to the public throughout town. There’s free parking on River Road when available, but generally, you do have to pay.

The city staffs two large parking garages, one at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies and the other at Traffic Light #3, the McMahan Parking Garage. There’s a Park-n-Ride lot at the Highway 441 Welcome Center on Banner Road and another Park-n-Ride on East Parkway at the City Municipal Complex. Three City surface lots are available – on Parkway at the north end of town, on Reagan Drive and on Bishop Lane.

There are quite a few privately owned parking lots on River Road and along Historic Nature Trail, some which offer a flat rate and other which charge by the hour. There are also several privately owned parking lots and a garage on Parkway on the south end of town.

If parking worries you, it might be to your advantage to consider Gatlinburg’s Mass Transit Trolley System. Just ride a trolley wherever you want to go.

Vehicle rentals

Need to rent a car? How about a 4x4? Local rental companies offer a great selection of cars, SUV's, motorcycles, ATV's, scooters, and dune buggies. Mobility scooters are also available. Limousine services are available for weddings, corporate and scenic tours, and trips to the airport, or a fun night out on the town.


If you are looking for a shuttle from the airport to Gatlinburg or a scenic tour of the Great Smoky Mountains, several businesses offer shuttles to the Cherokee casino, your outdoor adventure destination, University of Tennessee home games and Bristol races. Historical tours and group shuttle transportation services are also available.

Mileage chart and directions

Select a city for a Google map of Gatlinburg driving directions. See you soon!

Departing City Time Miles
Asheville, NC 1 Hour - 54 min 90
Atlanta, GA 3 Hours - 53 min 197
Baton Rouge, LA 10 Hours - 41 min 699
Birmingham, AL 4 Hours - 49 min 298
Bristol, TN 1 Hour - 39 min 102
Charlotte, NC 3 Hours - 57 min 219
Chattanooga, TN 2 Hours - 41 min 153
Cherokee, NC 1 Hour 35
Chicago, IL 9 Hours - 23 min 581
Cincinnati, OH 4 Hours - 59 min 297
Columbus, OH 6 Hours - 32 min 397
Dayton, OH 5 Hours - 42 min 344
Greenville, SC 2 Hours - 53 min 143
Huntsville, AL 4 Hours - 20 min 253
Indianapolis, IN 6 Hours - 29 min 398
Jackson, MS 8 Hours - 18 min 537
Johnson City, TN 1 hour - 31 min 94
Knoxville, TN 1 Hour 42
Lexington, KY 3 Hour - 38 min 212
Louisville, KY 4 Hours - 45 min 286
Memphis, TN 6 Hours - 47 min 432
Montgomery, AL 6 Hours - 5 min 385
Nashville, TN 3 Hours - 41 min 222
New Orleans, LA 9 Hours - 54 min 642
Orlando, FL 10 Hours - 19 min 631
Roanoke, VA 4 Hours - 19 min 261
St. Louis, MO 8 Hours - 23 min 327
Tampa, FL 10 Hours - 39 min 698