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Roaring Fork

#2 of 59 things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park Features Animals
Historic Nature Trail Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
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View GSMNP from your car

If you want a small view of the Smokies without getting out of your car, this road is for you. Of... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Where oh were did Galinburg Go

This is one of those hidden gems that must be seen to be believed. This is about an 11 mile one... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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“grotto falls” (136 reviews)
“beautiful drive” (118 reviews)
“motor trail” (80 reviews)
Historic Nature Trail Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

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Reviewed 2 days ago

If you want a small view of the Smokies without getting out of your car, this road is for you. Of course, you can get out to see the old homesteads throughout the ride. There are also a couple of places to pull off and...More

Thank ladybd
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of those hidden gems that must be seen to be believed. This is about an 11 mile one lane paved motor trail. This trail is not for the faint of heart. There are severe drop offs and no guard rails. The bridges...More

2  Thank allenstillman
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great auto tour. 1. roll your windows down. 2. turn your cell OFF or down if it's your camera. 3. turn your radio OFF and OPEN your eyes and ears. Nature will ROAR!!!!! Trail has two overlook pullovers and 1000 drips cascade.

Thank tmail54
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This a nice ride. There are cabins and other stops to see along the way. The road is narrow and many turns and cutbacks. We went early and there were only a few cars on the road. The time we finished the road was getting...More

1  Thank Mike K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to drive, with beautiful forest! There is a sense of peace when you are transiting this road!

Thank Houston_TexasRuben
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Drive early morning or later in the day to see bears. Park and hike to either Grotto falls or Rainbow falls off this road. They are kinda tough hikes so only attempt both if you're in top shape. There's lot's of historical cabins to look...More

Thank Ed H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Going through the Smoky Mountains is always great because of the water falls that are in abundance. For younger children they can see the natural beauty and can get a lesson on different aspects of a river, stream, animals etc. the inquisitive nature of the...More

Thank SmartGenius
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a motor trail, so anyone can enjoy it. There are many places to get out of the car and visit old cabins and many photo ops. The drive is one way and slow. We always take this drive twice each time we visit...More

2  Thank Anita K
Reviewed May 2, 2017

Visit Roaring Fork Motor Trail early in the morning before the crowds come and take time to visit Grotto Falls. Plan on stopping and taking lots of pictures along the way.

1  Thank Patty F
Reviewed May 2, 2017

the landscape here is absolutely beautiful. however I was not able to find too many wild animals in this region as expected

Thank Yuanxi Z
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Can someone update me if there was any damage to the Roaring Fork area because of the fire? Are any of the trails closed? It is my favorite place in the Park and I'm hoping to visit it in April.
March 22, 2017|
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Response from Kyle H | Reviewed this property |
Rainbow falls is open because it's accessible from the other small loop but the main road for Roaring Forks is closed.
Lori L
Is there a difference between Roaring Fork and Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail or are they one in the same? If not, how do you get to Roaring Fork? I have been to the motor nature trail many times.
March 8, 2017|
Response from gettysburgbuff123 | Reviewed this property |
I believe them to be one in the same. When you are on the motor trail there are lots of pull offs to view the water and some old time cabins along with parking spots for hiking trails.