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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: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Scenic Drives, Trails, Outdoors
Activities: Driving
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Scenic Drives, Trails, Outdoors
Activities: Driving

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Sevierville, Tennessee
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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105 reviews 105 reviews
25 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 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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59 reviews 59 reviews
6 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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
108 helpful votes 108 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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Gatlinburg, Tennessee
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124 reviews 124 reviews
92 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

This is a great place to just go and pull into one of the parking spots that the creek runs beside. We could sit here for hours. There are waterfalls and trails. It is a nice cool area even in the summer. There are so many trees that there is shade everywhere. The road and bridges are on being worked... More 

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Mountain Park, Georgia, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

I have done this trail for 23 years...always changing s nature does..many small hikes off this trail..many bear sitings..go early or late...

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Lancaster, Ohio
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42 reviews 42 reviews
15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

The drive is just beautiful and such a calm peaceful experience. We go to The Smokey Mountains every year but this was our first trip to this motor trail. It was a real treat and we will go again on our next trip in May

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Burlington, Iowa
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

One of the best roads in the park!! Go in the morning or early evening as to see the most wildlife! Never know what you'll see around each corner.

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Pensacola, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

My family and I drove the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail this past summer. We took a picnic lunch with us to enjoy in the rest area. It was a wonderful day! The views are spectacular! I suggest having 2 drivers. One to drive in, and another to drive out, or drive it twice. The driver can't enjoy the views... More 

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Runcorn, United Kingdom
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112 reviews 112 reviews
49 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

We were staying in pigeon forge in the mountains and a local suggested this trail for great views and wildlife. On the wildlife front we didn't see much apart from a turkey but the views and flora was amazing some great waterfalls. It's only just over 5 miles and was really enchanting.

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