By Leif Palmer
Posted on June 5, 2020
Gatlinburg is known for packing tons of attractions, restaurants and shops into a fairly small footprint. The city is wedged into a narrow mountain valley, and real estate is at a premium. That's great if you're interested in visiting lots of different businesses when you're vacationing in the Smokies. Pretty much anything you could want to do while you're in town is within walking distance.
The down side of that is that most businesses have very little, if any, parking availability. The hotels and motels do, but those are for guests only. That means if you're just driving in for the day, you've got to find a place to park your vehicle while you and the family hit the town.
Fortunately, we've got that problem solved thanks to a network of seven different high-capacity parking lots, all located on or just off the Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg. From the intersection of Parkway and U.S. Hwy. 321 to the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, we have a facility that will accommodate your car, truck or SUV for the whole day.
All you have to do is pick the lot that's closest to most of the places you're interested in visiting. But even if you want to cover the entire length of the Parkway, you're still in good shape. Our lots are always near a Gatlinburg trolley stop, so if you need to get from one end of the Parkway to the other – or to another part of town – just hop the trolley and let someone else do the driving.
This also works if you're wanting to work in a visit to the national park or even Dollywood in Pigeon Forge. The Gatlinburg trolley system has routes that go to both those destinations and others as well. At the end of the day, it's easy to make your way back to downtown Gatlinburg, where your car will be waiting and ready.
We not only offer a lot of parking spaces, our parking rates in Gatlinburg are excellent. And you can't beat the convenience of only having to make one parking decision for the entire day, as opposed to scrounging for a spot at each different destination.
Now that more and more folks are starting to get back out in public and gradually transition back to more of a normal summer lifestyle, traffic has definitely been picking up in Gatlinburg. So next time you come to see us, just remember that we've got your parking issues covered.
About Leif Palmer
Leif Palmer loves residing in Gatlinburg. He is an avid outdoorsman: rowing for exercise on the lake, trail hiking, and free climbing rocks in the mountains. He indulges his arty side by periodically beating up pieces of marble by sculpting. He is always frustrated by his inability to sink long putts, and hates his curly hair (but his wife loves it). Leif has been known to muster enough courage to change a diaper, and hopes his son will become a chip off the old block.