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Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

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Address: Rte. 441, Enter from stoplight 8 at Airport Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN 37783
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Great taste of the Smokies

I actually grew up on Roaring Fork and the motor nature trail is a true gem of the Smokies. It gives access to two very nice waterfalls....Baskins Creek Falls and Grotto Falls... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very nice views of the Smoky Mountains, but I got out at the Olger Family Farm. I followed the trail signs, and got lost. About 3 miles, and a hour later, I finally made it out. I was almost to top of mountain, and had to hike a half mile back down to my car. Had a great hike, but... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I actually grew up on Roaring Fork and the motor nature trail is a true gem of the Smokies. It gives access to two very nice waterfalls....Baskins Creek Falls and Grotto Falls. Also has lots of historic sites along the way, including an old tub mill.

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Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2016

I am writing this review after the fires of 2016 but the photos were taken just a few weeks prior. We have been visiting Gatlinburg in the fall annually to see the beautiful colors. Well this year (on the recommendation of a friend) we took the Roaring Fork Motor Nature trail. This is a great scenic trip close to town... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016

The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is a one way, one lane drive through a variety of scenery. The entire drive is through the forest with vistas, streams, and some waterfalls. There are multiple trailheads with parking along the route and numerous spots to pull off and stroll around. The drive itself takes about an hour.

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Evansville, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2016

We weren't able to hike to the falls located along the motor trail, but it was a very peaceful scenic drive. The roads are windy and narrow at times, which is a bit alarming. There are plenty of places to stop and get out to walk and just relax. The trail is closed during the winter due to the dangerous... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016 via mobile

The drive is beautiful. Lots of places to get out and stop. Hiking spots for those who can hike farther. We had my elderly parents with us and they were able to stop and get out and various points and still look around enjoying views and the water without having to hike distances. Amazing beauty.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016 via mobile

We visit Cades Cove whenever we visit Gatlinburg. I saw the Roaring Fork motor trail on the Smoky Mountain National Park's Facebook page and we decided to try it out. There is a different feel to this drive. We loved the flowing water. I hope to go back one time when there has been a lot of rain to hear... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016

We did this twice during our visit. Easy drive, fun stop offs and BEAUTIFUL. I hope too much hasn't been damaged from the fires. Especially if you have difficulty hiking but want to get a feel of the mountains, you can easily take this drive. There are some great stopping points to either get out and hike or take photos.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016 via mobile

A nice relaxing drive away from the normal busy mountain drive past Gatlinburg. Very few cars on the day we toured.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016

Ugh, I got caught behind a car from Louisiana that took forever. You are at the mercy of the people in front of you. People, there are pull offs dotted throughout the drive, be courteous if you want to go at a slow....slow pace. I did enjoy a couple of stops and walked up the rocks in the stream to... More 

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