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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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Frederick, Maryland
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305 reviews 305 reviews
117 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Out of Newfound Gap, Clingmans Dome, and Cade's Cove, this was my favorite auto-tour during a recent trip to the Smokies. Getting a late start at around 6:45PM, I knew I didn't have time for much nor enough daylight to see everything I had wanted during this trip. So, I picked one relatively short hike to the Grotto Falls waterfall.... More

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Sugar Land, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

With its close proximity to Gatlinburg, this is probably one of the busiest attractions in the area, and with good reason. If you want to witness the Great Smoky Mountains up close, this is a great place to start. There are many old buildings to visit and trails to hike along this roughly 2-hour drive. However, the main highlight is... More

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philadelphia
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109 reviews 109 reviews
37 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

It is currently peak season in GSMNP. To get here turn at traffic light #8 in Gatlinburg and drive about 2 miles. This area compared to downtown Gatlinburg was heavenly. Little traffic, great hikes (Rainbow Trail and Grotto Trail). We saw a mother bear and for 2 Cubs in this location. The traffic here compared to the main roads in... More

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West Point, Mississippi
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This is a place we always make multiple trips too. You can see the wildlife, relax away from nature and see a side of Gatlinburg area you don't usually get too see. Very peaceful place with great pull-offs for picnics.

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Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We spent several hours on this motor trail because there were so many things to do and see. We really enjoyed seeing the historic homes and outbuildings. There were several little trails at each place that we stopped to explore. Each had very little elevation change, and were quite easy. We saw several families with small children that seemed to... More

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Floyd, Virginia
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53 reviews 53 reviews
17 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This is a charming little drive. One way and paved. While there are several trailheads located off it, the drive itself is worthy of your time. There are plenty of pull-offs and photo ops. I'd recommend going early morning for the best light. Don't think afternoon light would be as pretty. It's located just a minute or two from Gatlinburg.... More

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Port Charlotte, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Lovely drive, lots of old cabins to stop at. The roads are very well paved, you cant stop and pickup a brochure to tell you a bit more about the old homesteads. Really a cool place!

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Asheville, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

I enjoyed this more than Cades Cove, which I also visited. This is a free, single lane drive, similar to Cades Cove but less frequented. There are trails for the more experienced hikers or short jaunts for the not-so in shape people to original cabins. Unfortunately, there is no handicapped access to these cabins. During the drive through, was able... More

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Tampa, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

There were many pull-offs for photos along the trail and the scenery was absolutely wonderful. We did this in the late afternoon, around 5 or 6, so the lighting was nice and there were not many people on the trail. The trail is a little steep, but my automatic 2007 accord made it up and down without any issues at... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 via mobile

I was a little nervous after reading this was a steep and winding drive but it was fine. I wasn't nervous at all. It wasn't nearly as crowded as Cade's Cove and was a totally different experience. Worth doing.

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