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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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Newburgh, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Roaring Fork Motor Trail The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is a great place to get back to nature. If it wasn’t for all the tourists, it would be better. The Roaring Fork Motor Trail is a very scenic 6 mile one way loop road through part of the park with multiple trailheads that lead to very scenic overlooks and/or... More

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NY
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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Six miles of beauty! This must be the place where they take beautiful nature photos for calendars! A short 6 mile drive through the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. Well worth the trip. On the way to the bottom make sure you stop at Ely's, an awesome little gift shop run by the nicest people! Buy anything from soaps and candles... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This drive was the highlight of our trip! We are a non-hiking family (with a 2 year old) and it was HOT in Gatlinburg, so we were looking for a way to get some air conditioned rest-the drive was perfect. The trail is narrow, slow going-10 mph speed limit, but I'll bet you'll go even slower because the scenery is... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We went here on our last day of our trip through the mountains. Maybe this is the reason this place seemed like a waste of our time. I saw that this was the #1 attraction on tripadvisor for this area so I thought it must be something special. We were also not in the mood for any more hiking that... More

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Asheboro, North Carolina
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42 reviews 42 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We enjoyed our experience. We walked the trail out to Grotto Falls. It was a tough little walk but we enjoyed it. I wish we would've had more time to walk some of the other trails. Hard to do on a short weekend though. Be vary cautious of the bathroom facilities. They were nothing short of small outhouses and had... More

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Missouri
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68 reviews 68 reviews
53 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Take a lovely drive around a one-way loop road with lots of things to see and places to stop. Trail heads get extremely crowded and parking is hard to find later in the day. Sometimes you just have to park off the side of the road and walk back to the trail head or cabin. Spend a little time here... More

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Greensburg, Kentucky
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

My wife and I went on this drive and decided to hike to grotto falls. On the motor trail we were treated to seeing a black bear in the tree top eating berries. We were able to park and get photos and video. We then made our way to the grotto falls, This was a great hike up into the... More

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Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This was a very pretty drive and doesn't get backed up like Cades Cove loop. Few areas to stop and hike as well and some scenic views along the way.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

My husband and I decided to take this drive after he hurt his knee a few days prior to leaving for our trip. We really enjoyed the overlook opportunities and the views of smaller waterfalls that are along the road. The drive is paved and one way so that is a plus. The road twists and turns quite a bit... More

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Kokomo, Indiana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

To be honest, we only drove on the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail because it's the way to get to the Grotto Falls (Trillium Gap) trailhead. I was super surprised how much I enjoyed the drive itself. We were there very early to beat the crowds at Grotto and had the road mostly to ourselves. On the way in we... More

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