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Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

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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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Scenic Drives, Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Driving
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Scenic Drives, Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Driving

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Wiggins, Mississippi
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91 reviews 91 reviews
38 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW

It's similar to Cades Cove, only smaller in size, and instead of being in a valley, it's on the side of a mountain. The road can be a bit narrow, so be aware of that if you have a large vehicle. Awesome place to visit though!

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Plano, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

We did both this one and Cades Cove and we preferred this one hands down. Not nearly as busy (the back to back cars of Cades Cove really take away from it) and the scenery was prettier in my opinion. Easy to get to from Gatlingburg, lots of pull offs where you can go hiking.

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Ferdinand, IN
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67 reviews 67 reviews
39 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

This is such a wonderful drive through such a historical part of the Great Smokey Mountains. Old homesteads, farms and a mill to see. Beautiful views of mountain streams and nature. Lots of places to pull of and enjoy the view.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We love this drive. You will not see near as many animals as you will see in Cades Cove but the scenery is great. Most all the other reviews sum it up well but I would add that we love it best just after a rain. Half way around, the road follows a creek and this creek is simply beautiful... More 

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Tennessee
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79 reviews 79 reviews
16 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Please don't miss this, what ever you do! The cost is "free" and the views are breathtaking! Be sure to take your camera......you'll take many photos along your trip. This place is simply beautiful! Old homesteads, overlooks, nature at it's very best....you will find. The best thing you'll notice is peace & quiet.....just the wind whistling through the trees higher... More 

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bradenton, fl
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

So many different things to do and see along this beautiful drive, from numerous hikes, to beautiful water falls and plenty of photo ops. Wish we would've found this on our first trip. I can't wait until our next trip to visit again. Make sure you take your time, stop along the way and enjoy this beautiful place.

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Sevierville, Tennessee
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Love this loop! There are lots of photo opportunities on this drive! You will see old homesteads, a mill, hikes, overlooks, waterfalls, and wildlife! Highly recommend and love hiking Grotto Falls! Have done this hike 3 times now. A must do for visitors and locals alike. Never gets old.

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South Dakota
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117 reviews 117 reviews
28 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This paved, one-way, 5.5 mile road winds through a lush forest section of GSMNP, passing by old homesteads, a small mill, the Grotto and Rainbow Falls trailheads, a couple scenic overlooks, many tucked-away waterfalls and streams, and of course, multiple cascades with amazingly boisterous sounds. The latter are primarily heavy during the last couple miles, so be sure to roll... More 

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SEYMOUR
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73 reviews 73 reviews
9 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Unfortunately, word travels fast. We are locals who have enjoyed this little scenic drive for yrs, as others flock to newfound Gap and Cade's Cove. However, word has gotten out, that this little secluded area of the park is worth a visit.(thank you Tripadvisor.. Lol). So, we may as well let others know what they're missing. Roaring Fork Trail is... More 

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Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina
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143 reviews 143 reviews
71 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We always do this drive every time we visit. We stop at all the old homes and walk around and take pictures. It's so peaceful to walk and think about the people who use to live there and what life was like back then. Lots of great places to take beautiful pictures.

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