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Rte. 441, Enter from stoplight 8 at Airport Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN 37783
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The roaring Motor Trail is one of the highlights of the park. However, it can frequently be closed n the winter. The trail has problems with snow and ice, but also high winds. High winds sometimes knock down trees which can block the road or...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed January 3, 2019

The name says it all. Roll down your windows and listen to the roar of the water. A photographer's paradise.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Angie S
Reviewed December 13, 2018

We visited GSMNP in the second week of November with a dog, who wasn't allowed on most of the trails, so this motor nature trail was a great alternative way for us to see some of the interior of the park. There was still some...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank julie248
Reviewed December 1, 2018

From recommendations, we were looking forward to driving the trail, but after going up the mountain, found it was closed. Not sure why as there was no snow or inclement weather to deal with.

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank James H
Reviewed November 22, 2018

You will see a lot of greenery and some creeks and streams, as well as a small waterfall. I would recommend this for those who aren't able to get out and hike.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Lauren P
Reviewed November 22, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I love this motor trail. We never miss going when we visit Gatlinburg. Why you ask? Simply because it offers beautiful wild flowers, beautiful vistas, and chance encounters with wild life. This trip we did not see any bears but we did...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank Q8105RDdan
Reviewed November 15, 2018

This is a 5.5 mile narrow, one-way road through the Smoky Mountains National Park which goes past streams, views, historic buildings, and trails. It’s very close to Gatlinburg, and supposedly less crowded than the Cades Cove Motor Trail. There are 15 markers or stops along...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank travelerfromsj
Reviewed November 13, 2018

Strenuous climb - at best - up 1.8 miles as the crow flies to Grotto Falls. From Gatlinburg there is a 2 mile bumper-to-bumper crawl up the mountain to the main parking area. This means 1st gear only for bikers, stop-and-go. The ride down 2...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Tony B
Reviewed November 13, 2018 via mobile

We go to the area several times a year, and always try to get up to see the nature trail. It's only about 3 miles from Gatlinburg, and always enjoy going. There are beautiful trails to hike. Some are for the experienced hiker, some would...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank markbO6129CG
Reviewed November 13, 2018

We saw that this was the #2 thing to do in the Smoky Mountains National Park. So we saved it for a cold fall morning as we were traveling through the area. The leaves were about half fallen when we made our way down this...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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January 17, 2019|
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Response from Q8105RDdan | Reviewed this property |
Opened on April 7th in 2018. I would assume it will be around the same date in 2019. —Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail: Open April 7 - November 26, 2018. Buses, motorhomes, vans longer than 25 feet, and passenger vehicles... More
December 17, 2018|
Response from Janet W | Reviewed this property |
The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail closes for the winter every year around the end of November
August 22, 2018|
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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