Airport & Transportation Info for Gatlinburg - Pigeon Forge

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Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are nestled just a bit off the beaten path when it comes to the main U.S. interstate highway system. However, there are numerous highways and secondary roads into Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and the Greater Smoky Mountain area, and these routes will lead you through and to some of the most beautiful country vistas and amazing views of the mountains that you'll find anywhere!


The major east-west interstate highway route through eastern Tennessee is I-40. This connects with another eastern artery, I-81, which is just northeast of the Gatlinburg area (between White Pine and Dandridge). Interstate-40 also connects with the north-south artery of I-75 just west of the Gatlinburg area in Knoxville.


Here are some specific directions into the area from whatever direction you may be coming from:


  • From Nashville, Tennessee going East: Consider taking I-40 to Exit 364 at State Route 95 South to Lenoir City, then take U.S. 321 East, continuing through Maryville and Townsend, then make a right onto Scenic Highway 73 to Gatlinburg.
  • From Lexington, Kentucky going South: On I-75, consider taking I-40 West from Knoxville to Exit 364 at State Route 95 South to Lenoir City and U.S. 321 East and follow the same directions as those above into Gatlinburg.
  • From Roanoke, Virginia going Southwest: On I-81 South, consider taking I-40 East to Exit 435 or 443 (Foothills Parkway), turn onto U.S. 321 and continue until you reach Gatlinburg.
  • From Asheville, North Carolina going Northwest: On I-40 West, take Exit 443 (Foothills Parkway) or Exit 435, then turn left onto U.S. 321 and continue until you reach Gatlinburg.
  • From Chattanooga, Tennessee going Northeast: Take I-75 North to Exit 81 at State Route 95, then follow Highway U.S. 321 East continuing through Maryville to Townsend, then make a right onto Scenic Highway 73 East to Gatlinburg.




McGhee Tyson Airport (airport code TYS) in Knoxville, Tennessee is located within 50 miles of most resort accommodations in the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area. Car rentals are readily available at the airport. The drive east from the Knoxville airport down U.S. 321 through Maryville and Townsend is a pleasurable scenic drive.




  • City of Gatlinburg Bus Service. Offering local transportation throughout the city as well as to Dollywood and the Arts and Crafts community. Wheelchair and handicapped accessible with prior notice.
  • Pigeon Forge Trolley Service. Trolley travels throughout the city and between Patriot Park, Dollywood, and the local hotels. Six buses with lifts and one van for handicapped available with advanced arrangements.




  • AAA Dalton's Cab Company. Serves Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Sevierville, and Kodak.
  • Cupid's Limo Service. Personalized Service, Tuxedo Stretch, Weddings, Corporate, Scenic Tours, Airport-Gatlinburg area.
I have been going to dollywood since i have been two! That was twenty years ago. Now i enjoy taking my kids there. It's a very friendly atmosphere there. Everyopne goes out of their way to make sure that their guests are happy! Thanks for being my favorite place ti go!
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-- Jeanie Fulk - Harrisonburg, Virginia
We have been going to pigeon forge since i was a child & i'm now 43 years old. I now take my grandchildren as my parents took my children all these years. It is the best environment for kids my yougest daughter is now 21 & she will tell you dollywood & pigeon forge is her favor vacation spot. If you haven't gone take your family you will enjoy the atmosphere.
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-- Tracy Paves - Port Huron Mi
My husband and i have been to pigeon forge for our honeymoon and our 1st anniversary. We decided to come down for our 2nd anniversary this july and go to dollywood. It was our first visit to dollywood and we had a great time. We really enjoyed the different shows we attended including the kingdom heirs quartet. They had a young man who is 15 years old playing the piano and he was great along with the quartet. It was just great! We both needed to use the powerwheel chair's to get around such a big place and they we fantastic for transportation around the park. The staff we talked with were all great too! Thanks for making our 1st trip to dollywood so nice!
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-- Kelly Simpson - Huntington, WV
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