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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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Port Charlotte, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

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
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

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
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

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
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW 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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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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122 reviews 122 reviews
57 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

A very nice drive through trail. I can't believe it is right in town. Simply beautiful. It takes a lot less time than the Cades Cove drive and we actually saw a momma bear and her 3 cubs. Many places to hike also. The waterfall is very pretty. I liked looking at the old cabins.

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Dayton, Ohio
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We really loved this. It was steep and narrow as the sign says, but not too steep or narrow for a minivan carrying a topper. The first trail at the Ogle place was perfect for my little kids. I wore the baby in a carrier and the 3-8 year olds did fine on the trail. There are some things to... More

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Buffalo, New York, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

This was a gorgeous drive ...views and so much scenery... lits of hikes along the way as well as nature trails . Unfortunately, it started raining part way through our drive so we didnt get out at as many trails and things as we would have liked ... definitely worth the time to drive.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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96 reviews 96 reviews
38 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is a beautiful drive that begins and end essentially in town. However once you enter the Trail, you don't feel close to town at all. There are cabins along the way at which you can stop and explore. There are also many hiking trails that begin near the Trail. The parking for those hiking... More

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Elizabethtown, KY
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79 reviews 79 reviews
27 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

The Roaring Fork Motor Trail was a great place to start our recent visit and is located just outside of Gatlinburg. It is a leisurely drive along a one way road where you roll the window down and take in the beautiful scenery. Along the way are several places to stop to check out the sites of old cabins, get... More

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Roland, Arkansas, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

This is a beautiful driving tour that is not as crowded as some of the other drives. Make sure that you get out of your car at each cabin and explore the area.

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