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Roaring Fork

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Historic Nature Trail Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I always visit Roaring Forks when we are in Gatlinburg. The area offers something for everyone. It offers beautiful wild flowers, beautiful vistas, chance encounters with wild life, water falls, mountain streams, or explore historical homesteads such as Bud Ogle Farm or...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tranquil, peaceful and off the beaten path. Loved the tour. We even saw a bear! We didn't see a bear in Cades Cove....

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 31, 2018

This was a real nice one half mile walk in on a good trail. The last three hundred yards to the falls was difficult. The falls were very nice.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Scott W
Reviewed October 29, 2018

We loved it here. Gorgeous drive in the fall and great stop offs for entertainment. They have bathrooms at 2 of the earlier hiking trails, then none. So plan accordingly. We liked going on a weekday when it was likely not as busy as the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 13, 2018 via mobile

We did this drive on our first afternoon in the park. It is nice to visit and we hiked Grotto Falls. The drive is nice, very beautiful vegetation.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 757bettyf
Reviewed August 27, 2018

The beauty of this place is truly wonderful. I cannot wait to go back. The only thing I would change is I wish I could have it to myself for a whole day instead of all the other travelers like me being there. :)

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank 4myers
Reviewed August 21, 2018 via mobile

Roaring Fork motor drive was green, lush, and a beatiful ride in the Smokies. I didn't see sharp drop offs or scarey curves. There were very few cars parked near the road in the middle of August around 10 a.m. Take this ride as it...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Mary C
Reviewed July 26, 2018 via mobile

What an experience!! We wanted to do something outdoorsy and fun, so we rented a UTV for the day, although you could drive your own vehicle, if you preferred to. The scenery and falls are absolutely stunning, however, the bears we encountered definitely stole the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 24, 2018

We have been going to Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge for many years and had never heard of this place. Someone told us about it and we decided to check it out. I honestly liked it better than the Cades Cove area. This is a great place to...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed June 21, 2018

Beautiful views. Lots of photo ops and several places to pull off and get a closer look. Be sure to bring your camera.

Date of experience: June 2018
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August 9, 2018|
Response from crystalm37 | Reviewed this property |
There are several in the area. The closet ones to Roaring Fork are Smoky Mountain Adventures, Mountain Life UTV, Off Road Voyages and Kan Am Fun. They are in Gatlinburg.
Shannon M
January 7, 2018|
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Response from doublenaturelover | Reviewed this property |
Park is open year around. Some areas may be closed due to weather . SNOW. In my opinion, it is cold everywhere until June. Enjoy ! I go in April & Sept. Lovely.
Diane W
July 14, 2017|
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Response from Mike K | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I drive a SUV. Just take your time around some of the turns. There are plenty of locations for the dog. I would recommend if you have the time to go through Cedes cove scenic drive. It is longer than Roaring Fork, but... More