Shuttle Gatlinburg - Cherokee
A shuttle service between Cherokee, N.C., and Gatlinburg. The shuttle currently picks up passengers daily at traffic light three, in front of the Gatlinburg Welcome Center, from 9:30 to 10 a.m.; 2 to 2:30 p.m.; and 5:30 to 6 p.m. During summer, there is also an evening run for passengers going to the outdoor drama in Cherokee, and passengers are deposited and picked up at the theater. In winter, the service does not operate at night, but continues to run daily as long as Newfound Gap Road through Great Smoky Mountains National Park remains open.
The 22-passenger shuttle bus includes two wheelchair areas. Each trip over the mountains includes a stop at Newfound Gap so that riders may stretch their legs or take a picture. It is also an opportunity for through-hikers on the Appalachian Trail to catch the shuttle for a ride to town to re-supply. Tickets are available from the driver, and the fee is $12 per person roundtrip; $10 per person roundtrip for groups of three or more people; and $10 per person for senior citizens age 60 and over. For those planning to ride one way and stay overnight, the fee is $7. For more information about the service, visit Gatlinburg Welcome Center at light number three, or call Littlejohn at (828) 497-5296.