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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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Asheboro, North Carolina
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42 reviews 42 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

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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60 reviews 60 reviews
45 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

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
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

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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Milton, Georgia
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320 reviews 320 reviews
215 attraction reviews
599 helpful votes 599 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Things that may be helpful: 1) The 6-mile loop road is accessed from outside the Park in town; 2) The road is completely safe but it is narrow and steep in spots; 3) Parking is very limited and hard to find in places, especially at trail heads; 4) Plan on 2-3 hours and a slow pace to complete this one-way... More

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Pittsburgh
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

This is one drive that you don't want to miss! It's a leisurely drive on a paved, one way road that winds through the forest. Stop at the trail to the waterfall. The short hike to the creek is worth it, and you can continue up to the top of the falls. Further along the drive you get glimpses of... More

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Jenison, Michigan
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Amazing scenery from our truck = many photos taken. We stopped half way through to hike to the Grotto Falls, which is by far one of my favorite hikes on our vacation. The motor trail can get a bit narrow and steep, but a fun drive overall and beautiful landscape.

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Cadiz, Kentucky
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113 reviews 113 reviews
16 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We enjoyed this trail, but it was actually busier than the loop at Cades Cover. Go VERY early, or don't expect to find a parking place for the falls trails. A few of the buildings did have available parking near them, and we enjoyed the Ephraim Bales property - especially the peaceful little waterfall located behind it. It is a... More

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