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Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

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Address: Rte. 441, Enter from stoplight 8 at Airport Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN 70068
Phone Number: (865) 436-1200
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Beautiful road

The best thing is the nature around the road and the fact there are not a lot of people. Usually all people go to the Cades Cove.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Brussels
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The best thing is the nature around the road and the fact there are not a lot of people. Usually all people go to the Cades Cove.

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Niceville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can take traffic light #8 from Gatlinburg to a small historical site that is still open just before the entrance to Roaring Forks Auto Trail. Otherwise, it is closed for winter.

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Fort Saskatchewan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We drove the nature trail on our way from Gatlingburg to Fontana. It is a very nice drive. It's not long (5.5 miles) but it's a slow drive on windy roads that go up and down so allow more time than you might think. There are also place to stop along the way to hike or see historical buildings. We... More 

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I worked at Eagle Mountain Theatre in Pigeion Forge with the Fabulous Four Guys and went to Roaring Fork Motor Trail many times! Absolutely one of my favorite spots in the Smoky Mountains! I love driving through with the gorgeous scenery, waterfalls, streams, deer, and bear :)

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Gatlinburg, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We only went around the loop and back down. We found a trail at the first cabin you get to that was very pretty. There were log bridges and an old mill. Wanted to go further but it was getting dark. Will do next time.

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Thank crystalm37
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Travelled last September, it's a good gentle drive. You can stop and enjoy the nature if you like, you can find some short trails and if you are lucky you can see few bear cubs. And there are some historic sites to visit, so before you enter to the Motor trail highly recommend to pick up one of the $1... More 

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Tallahassee, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoy this stop as well. If you like history mixed in with some mild hiking, this is a good stop. We also saw a few bears on the drive in. Similar to the Cades Cove spot, but on a smaller scale. It's also much quicker to drive through, though the scenery isn't nearly as wonderful.

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Thank Michelle J
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015 via mobile

We really enjoyed this place and it's definitely on our list to visit again. You can drive all the way through or you can stop and hike some trails. There is a beautiful waterfall you can hike to but make sure you stop at the correct stop or it will turn into a 9 mile hike. Okay for us but... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Easy access from downtown Gatlinburg for the 5.5 mile one-way slow drive through the old growth woods. This is a narrow road and gets narrower with all the cars parked on the roadside but we squeezed through. Several scenic turnouts and historical buildings to stop and see. There are also several trail heads for short and long hikes into the... More 

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Jackson, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

This should be at the top of every trip to the Gatlinburg area. We chose this one because we were told the Cades Cove trip gets way too crowded and backed up during Thankgiving Week and could easily turn into a 6-hour trip. This one is right off Gatlinburg and takes less time commitment. It took us less than 3... More 

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