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This is a paved motor trail. Great for those with limited mobility, who can't hike. There are... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Hendersonville, Tennessee
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10/10 Drive!

I recommend this drive to any person who loves nature and wildlife when visiting the Smoky... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ethan S
Mertztown, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is a paved motor trail. Great for those with limited mobility, who can't hike. There are waterfalls you drive by rights by the road. A small mill, beautiful views and a small craft community at the end of the trail called Ely's mill.

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We decided to drive a longer way to our destination to include this drive. Most of it was under tree cover so difficult to see the scope of the mountains. It’s one way for obvious reasons but some of the more popular lookout points had...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I recommend this drive to any person who loves nature and wildlife when visiting the Smoky Mountains! It is easy to find right out of Gatlinburg and is definitely worth it! Have gone twice now and have seen beautiful waterfalls, plants, and there are a...More

1  Thank Ethan S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent well over 2 hours driving the 7 mile route. It is one way and the road is very narrow and steep at times. One couple had a hose bust on their car trying to get up the incline. We would stop at the...More

1  Thank Janice Q
Reviewed 1 week ago

There were several historic places to stop. Grotto Falls was beautiful. Definitely plan several hours to get out and do everything.

1  Thank deegeegirl
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a lovely, slow, meandering drive that has fantastic views. It is peaceful and gorgeous and doesn't take that much time - so you can add this onto your long day of hiking!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you’ve done Cade’s cove and really only seen tail lights - this is the drive you have been waiting for to really see the beauty of the smokies. No motor homes or any cars with poor brakes please! When I discovered this I had...More

1  Thank Mo H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First time we’ve driven this and it’s a wonderful way to be in nature without hiking. It is definitely just a one lane road, and sometimes the hills and twists prevent you to know exactly where the road is going, but so worth it! Roll...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a beautiful area. Loved the flowing streams and waterfalls throughout the route. A few homesteads to see. The structures are preserved, but there is nothing in the interiors except a fireplace.

Thank Diane K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful drive and lots of picture perfect places. Def convenient for people traveling with kids. No. 1

1  Thank chemi1234
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Response from Janet W | Reviewed this property |
turn off the parkway in Gatlinburg at traffic light #8 This is Historic Nature Trail ( used to be Airport Road). At the stop sign, make a slight turn to the right. This will take you past the Noah "Bud" Ogle Cabin and... More
August 1, 2018|
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Response from Carrie S | Reviewed this property |
Early morning near trash dumpsters in Gatlingburg
July 26, 2018|
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Response from LittleLinda99 | Reviewed this property |
it's heavily wooded, there are deep gullies on some sections of the road. I am not sure if this helps, if you are fearful about driving off a cliff, you need not worry.