We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Roaring Fork Closing Early This Winter

Level Contributor
366 posts
55 reviews
Save Topic
Roaring Fork Closing Early This Winter

Just a head's up for anyone planning a trip from November through April. The following information was part of the latest Cub Report from the Great Smoky Mountains Association.


Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail will close to the public a month earlier than usual this year, beginning on Nov. 1. Eight bridges on the popular natural trail will be replaced during the winter months, with work expected to be completed by April 30, 2015.

The road closure also means the Grotto Falls Trailhead will be close during the construction dates. Decisions about the open or closed during the construction dates. Decisions about the open or close status of the trails that intersect Roaring Fork (Trillium Gap Trail, Grapeyard Ridge, and Baskins Creek) will be announced at a later date.

Edited: 2:21 pm, August 27, 2014
Chickamauga, Georgia
Destination Expert
for Orlando, Walt Disney World
Level Contributor
41,092 posts
93 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Roaring Fork Closing Early This Winter

It will be busier than ever in October then, if word gets out.

I've driving it many times, but never realized there were eight bridges along the way, but I guess so, especially on the back side. Being smaller, I guess they can replace them faster, but working up there in the winter won't be fun.

BTW, notice the typo they made in the release; they started the "Decisions" sentence and then repeated it

Phoenix, Arizona
Level Contributor
42,566 posts
1,282 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Roaring Fork Closing Early This Winter

This is good to know.

We are doing an early Nov. trip to Blackberry Farm (Walland), but as we will have friends, who have never experienced GSMNP, we were going to reserve a few of the vehicles, and do a Park tour. Now we know where NOT to go.

Thank you,


3. Re: Roaring Fork Closing Early This Winter

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 12:15 am, September 02, 2015