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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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Portland, Indiana
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

Loved our drive today it is one way and narrow st sk e places but it is not a race just a slow drive many pull off spots several hikes are alkng the way. We enjoy opening the sun roof and rolling down the windows to gear the water. We went early in the day andavoided the crowds.

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Gaffney, South Carolina
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65 reviews 65 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

We just found this trail last year, but now it is something we want to do every time we visit. (Closed in the winter, though.)

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Shelbyville, Kentucky
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

We recently did the motor nature trail and were amazed by all there is to see. We thought that a Tuesday mid day would not be very busy...we were quite wrong. There were LOTS of cars there, no doubt seeking like us the fall color. The road is narrow, one lane, one way and when cars tried to park where... More

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Fort Worth, Texas
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66 reviews 66 reviews
33 attraction reviews
545 helpful votes 545 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

Somewhat hard to find, but worth the effort. My family drove this trail three times during our October, 2014 vacation. I was pleasantly surprised of the lack of cars and people (unlike Cades Cove and Newfound Gap roads). Beautiful forests, waterfalls and creeks beckon to be explored and enjoyed. Great place for a picnic and a relaxing place to get... More

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail has to be of my favorite driving tours in The Smoky's. We have seen a lot of Bears while driving through it. Very exciting to see them. There are some really great pull off spots to look down the mountain and great long distance views. We have also seen several Turkey off the side of... More

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

We took it slow and pulled over in the scenic spots and looked around. The river, the trees and old homesteads were very interesting. We had a great time exploring!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

This is my second visit to roaring fork motor trail, it’s one of the best trail you could ride in Gatlinburg. Ride last for 2-3 hours depends on how many stopover you do inside the trail. Early visit could get you parking spot for 2 hiking trails, you can also stop at various other places to see fall colors, beautiful... More

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Walterboro, South Carolina, United States
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102 reviews 102 reviews
29 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

We came across this trail purely by chance - oh how happy I am that we did! This was a gorgeous trail that we spent quite a few hours on after discovering the Rainbow Falls foot trail once we were inside. We got out and walked from the second parking lot, it took us awhile with two kids but the... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Several stops to look at historical cabins and lookouts to mountains. Also stopped at area to walk down to the creek which was beautiful. It is a nice peaceful drive. If you are in a hurry don't go because most people drive at a leisurely pace to enjoy the scenery. Some places can be a tight squeeze for bigger vehicles,... More

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Zanesville, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

While we did no hikes or trails in this area, we did the motor trail only. We were very impressed. It is still busy at times, but far less busy (and shorter) than Cade's Cove. There are many pull off points for views of the mountains, rivers, and rustic cabins. Overall with stopping at some locations it probably took us... More

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