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Rte. 441, Enter from stoplight 8 at Airport Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN 37783
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All reviews grotto falls beautiful drive roaring fork motor nature trail cades cove narrow road downtown gatlinburg beautiful scenery single lane take pictures short drive many places cars parked rainy day both sides pull over take your time
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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
1  Thank James H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago 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
Thank Q8105RDdan
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Thank travelerfromsj
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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
Thank wetravelalot007
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Breathtaking scenery. We visited Nov. 5th and I believe it was PEAK leaf looking. We did not see any bears (although our friends did), but the views were amazing. It was deep in the woods majesty. Loved the sounds of the babbling brooks.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank annU9647FG
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not as much touristy stuff makes this a nice option to Cades Cove. Lots of good trailheads on this route. Still crowded, but that comes with this area.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Heidelberg_Mike
Reviewed October 31, 2018

After hiking up to one of the waterfalls, we've decided to take something "easy". And it was the right decision. The trail was great. A little bit of driving, getting out, taking pictures and enjoying the area. I recommend this trial for everybody. RomanP

Date of experience: October 2018
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Msbull1105
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
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August 1, 2018|
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Response from Carrie S | Reviewed this property |
Early morning near trash dumpsters in Gatlingburg
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KyliesCloset
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.
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