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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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Activities: Driving

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Beautiful Drive

Very peaceful and beautiful slow drive. Traffic is one-way with many pull-off spots to just "look" or hike. Our only complaint was that we drove this on a Holiday weekend and MANY... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
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Lancaster, Ohio
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Lancaster, Ohio
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

Very peaceful and beautiful slow drive. Traffic is one-way with many pull-off spots to just "look" or hike. Our only complaint was that we drove this on a Holiday weekend and MANY cars would just stop and part everywhere and it was difficult to pass. I'm glad we did not have a large car or van, I think they need... More 

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Northfield, Minnesota
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

What a magnificent natural tour! With every turn, we saw unmatched beauty in a national park dedicated to allowing visitors to experience all of the park up close. Hiking and biking trails abound and car pull out areas are plentiful allowing for photos and scenery gazing.

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Portsmouth, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Great little side trip from the main roads of the NP. Very easy drive that gets you deep into the woods of this amazing landscape. The preserved historic structures really make you think about the 'good old days' and how good they were. Makes you respect the amazing people that settled the rough land, allowing us to have our country... More 

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Westerville, Ohio
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112 reviews 112 reviews
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

This historic drive is on of our three best places to visit in the park. There a lots of things to see and do while driving through the one way, one lane park drive. Hikes to waterfalls are available as well as opportunities to see historic cabins and a small mill. Driving is through mountains, forests and along a beautiful... More 

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Holly Springs, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

This is one of my favorite parts of Smoky Mountain National Park. You see a variety of structures along the way, and the scenery along the river is lovely. Stopped to take lots of photos. Rainbow and Grotto Falls are hikes off of this route.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We had a fantastic time on this motor trail. We even saw a bear! Awesome scenery and very relaxing. I love the pull offs along the way to park and check stuff out.

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Chicago Area
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

My husband and I really enjoyed this beautiful drive. We stopped a few times to get out and enjoy the many stops along the trail.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This was absolutely beautiful. There were many places along the trail, especially marker 9 and 15, that I thought were prettier than grotto falls and much easier to get to. Gratto Falls was pretty, but a little bit of a hike. Don't miss this! Bring a lunch to eat a picnic along the way.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Get your cameras out and your eyes wise open. There is a LOT to see here from hand hewn cabins to the splendor of waterfalls. Take a chair and watch the sunset, or just drive the road and enjoy magnificent views. Trails were crowded late in the day, but plenty to see and do! You can shoot a SanDisk full... More 

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Richardson, TX
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49 reviews 49 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is a beautiful, narrow, winding, one-way road on the north side of the park. You enter from Gatlinburg. The road crosses several wooden bridges over beautiful mountain streams. There are plenty of places to pull over and take pictures or just enjoy the nature. We also did the hike to Grotto Falls that begins... More 

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