Frequently Asked Questions
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. 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. Remember, there are different permits required, depending on if you want to fish within the City limits of Gatlinburg or in the Park and surrounding areas. 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.
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. Learn more
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?
Visit the Gatlinburg Community Center on 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 Gatlinburg Goes Green section for sustainable initiatives.
What times do the Trolleys run?
Gatlinburg Mass Transit (GMT) operates year round. Regular Schedule: May 1 through October 31 from 8:30AM till Midnight
Winter Schedule: November 1 through February 28: Weekdays - 10:30AM till 6:00PM
Friday and Saturday - 10:30AM till 10:00PM Modified Schedule: March 1 through April 30 from 10:30AM till 10:00PM
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 Clingmans 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.
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.