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Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

Rte. 441, Enter from stoplight 8 at Airport Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN 70068
(865) 436-1200
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic Drives, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Trails
Activities: Driving
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North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Well worth the drive. You enter the Roaring Fork from Gatlinburg and end the drive back in town. Early morning and evenings are common tims for bear sightings. There are tons of places to explore around the streams.

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Levittown, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Great trail for the family just the right amount of time in the woods for those who like nature but don't want to get too close.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We thoroughly enjoyed the views along this ride. Beautiful scenery!! There were places to hike as well. We hiked to Grotto Falls, and Rainbow Falls, both which were amazing!! Definitely recommend taking this drive! There are numbers along the road at different sites, and we did not have the guide book. It would have been nice to have the guide... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We drive this road at least twice every time we come to the smokies. Almost always see a bear! This time we found us a secluded spot and swam in the river. Everyone needs to add this drive to your to do list!

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Ohio
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This is an extremely nice drive, one we wanted to spend alot of time in. However, use restrooms before the drive. There was one set of restrooms at the beginning of the trail and no more until the end. And, those at the beginning were FULL, MANY cars lining the trail well past the parking lot for the restrooms. We... More

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Bowie, Maryland
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127 reviews 127 reviews
39 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Nice motor trail, plenty to see and places to stop and take pics. Lots of babbling brooks and streams and bears on occasion. Some of the roads have lots of twists and turns and are quite narrow. Very peaceful and so worth the drive. The first time we attempted to go, the trail was closed due to a "bear incident",... More

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Bristol, Tennessee
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Spend the buck and get the guide book. Follow the numbers and learn about the beautiful area...as well as the history!

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Lantana, Florida
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63 reviews 63 reviews
25 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

For those of us who aren't able to hike the great trails of the Smoky Mts., the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is the next best thing. You're actually on a trail and it takes its twists and turns, ups and downs. There are places to pull over and take photos and/or get out and walk around. You get a... More

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Geneva, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The Roaring Fork Motor Trail has a little something for everyone! As soon as you enter the forest from Gatlinburg, you are transported to an enchanted place back in time. (Some parts of the road actually follow the original wagon road used by the settlers.). The road is a narrow, winding one-way road. There are several old houses and farmsteads... More

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Nice driving trail, however you are only going 5 miles an hours up and down mountains which causes your brakes to work extra hard.

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