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Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

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Address: Rte. 441, Enter from stoplight 8 at Airport Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN 70068
Phone Number: (865) 436-1200
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What a drive....”

If you are in the GSMNP, doing the Roaring Fork drive is a must. So many stop offs to get out of the car and admire, but if you have had enough hiking or just want a nice scenic... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

If you are in the GSMNP, doing the Roaring Fork drive is a must. So many stop offs to get out of the car and admire, but if you have had enough hiking or just want a nice scenic drive while visiting, this and the Cades Cove loop is a must.

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Cincinnati
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We happened upon this trail after getting rained out on Clingmans Dome. I couldn't believe they didn't suggest it to us at the information center! We purchased the little guide booklet at the beginning of the trail (only $1) and I'm glad we did! While a few of the stops were just pretty views, we really loved the original homesteads... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Just as other travelers have rated this a top destination, don't miss it. As this is a motor nature trail, lots of opportunities to pull over and walk around. Good for little kids and older folks who need to regularly stretch out. As it runs through old farms and such, you get lots of photo opportunities of the river, architecture,... More 

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Suwanee, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

A great side trip if you're tired of shopping. Good for adults and kids. The scenery is excellent. The trip itself is educational for all ages. We enjoyed all the waterfalls. Only takes a few minutes to complete the loop. Wish it were longer!

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clayton, michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Wonderful drive. Take your time and take in the beautiful scenery. So many gorgeous views and things to see. Just lovely!

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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

A nice, cool, curvy drive, much like the famous Cades Cove Loop, but with fewer open views. Note that while both Rainbow Falls and Grotto Falls are listed in the guidebooks as "moderate" hikes, we tried to tackle Rainbow Falls because it comes up before Grotto on the 1-way Roaring Fork road. However, it is 2.7 miles one way, and... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

take your time, enjoy the views, easy way to see what all the fuss in the Smoky's is all about! You will enjoy the drive.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

This drive has plenty of curves, views and stop-offs. Wear shoes for exploring, and walk down into streams for best pictures. A cascade and waterfall lover's delight, this was our favorite part of the trip.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

My husband and I like about 1 hour away, so we often sneak off for a weekend in the mountains. Went we are in the area we always take a drive down Roaring Fork Motor Trail. Sometimes we just drive it, but most of the time we get out and walk the trails, look for wild flowers and just enjoy... More 

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Schererville, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Get out of the car and explore! It was gorgeous and a great challenge to hop the rocks along the rushing river. My friends and I found so much beauty along this trail. Pull off and park some place when you see beautiful rocks and water and don't be afraid to walk around, get a little dirty and take in... More 

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