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Address: Rte. 441, Enter from stoplight 8 at Airport Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN 37783
Phone Number: (865) 436-1200
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A lovely drive through the forest

Windows down - take your time. Don't rush the cars in front and if someone wants to pass, let them. I usually drive very quickly but this was worth taking it slow. Feels a million... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Windows down - take your time. Don't rush the cars in front and if someone wants to pass, let them. I usually drive very quickly but this was worth taking it slow. Feels a million miles away from the city.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Drive in find a place to park away for all the traffic and roll down the windows and just listen. Great way to take a nap fyi. Great views and cool streams. Please know stacking rocks is illegal and you can get a huge fine. It looks bad and will harm the animals.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great way to see the Smoky Mtns from your car. Go early or late to avoid crowds and perhaps buy a $1 visitor guide first. You can stop and park and hike to popular locales including Rainbow Falls or Grotto Falls. Amazing views. Free!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We didn’t have as much time as we wanted to spend in the park, so we went to the visitor center, hiked the Rainbow Falls trail and then drove the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail – hoping to see a black bear. The scenery was beautiful (of course), and there were several places to stop for photo ops. We did... More 

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Gatlinburg, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place to be with nature. Couple of waterfalls and access to some of the best hiking trails the Smokys offer.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful scenery, quiet, great photo opportunities, a must do while in Gatlinburg! It is a one lane road, most 10-25 mph with incredible views of streams....

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We toured Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail mid-morning on a Tuesday. The peak season has ended and there were still parking places available throughout the drive. The Bales Cabin was interesting and very close to the road. A trip to Rainbow Falls Trail ascent took 2.5 hours for us (60 +/- 2 yrs) but was worth the hike. It would... More 

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Edgewood, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Our family had utilized the trail for many years, even with those who could not hike. It is a great way to see the beautiful forest and streams without hiking long distances although trails are also available.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Now that it's "off season" somewhat, we ventured on the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. Most of the folks we encountered were adults without kids now that school is back in session for most people. However, because the Alum Caves trail is closed weekdays, many people were using this venue to hike to LeConte, making parking impossible if you wanted... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great views of Smoky Mountains as well as thick forest and cool running streams. Many places to pull off the road and explore. Good for young and old. Easy drive and plenty of photo ops.

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