Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail - Great Smoky Mountain

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Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail - Great Smoky Mountain is a 10.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, TN that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, birding, and scenic driving and is accessible from April until November.

10.6 miles 2812 feet Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

scenic driving

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

To access Roaring Fork, turn off the main parkway in Gatlinburg, TN at traffic light #8 and follow Historic Nature Trail Road to the Cherokee Orchard entrance to the national park. Just beyond the Rainbow Falls trailhead you have the option of taking the one-way Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail (clos

scenic driving
1 day ago

A nice driving trail that takes you through some of the wonderful beauty of the smokies!!!

scenic driving
11 days ago

Great scenic family drive!

scenic driving
17 days ago

This is as nice as drive as you will find south of the Kangamangus (spelling) in New Hampshire.

scenic driving
17 days ago

Scott said it beautifully. This is a chance to be out in the woods from your car.

2 months ago

Good drive for family

scenic driving
2 months ago

Slow going on the ten mile paved one-lane road back into Gatlinburg...but isn't that the point? The forest is so close at times you feel like you can touch it out of both sides of the vehicle. As others have said, there are plenty of places to pull over for exploring. And Roaring Fork is aptly named. Be sure to have the windows down to enjoy the sounds of the mountain woods...particularly the rushing water most of the way back. This was the perfect ending for me after a wonderful warm summer day hiking throughout GSMNP!

3 months ago

3 months ago

off road driving
3 months ago

Very nice except for the truck that broke down ahead of us. There were app 150 cars stuck at the thousand drips waterfall.

4 months ago

scenic driving
4 months ago

When it got dark around 9pm, towards the very end we saw a 4 to 5 ft long and about 3 ft tall black bear in the woods right next to us. He then crossed about 5 to 10 ft in front of us. Thankfully we were in our car!

scenic driving
5 months ago

Other than being very crowded and having a difficult time getting around all the parked cars, it was absolutely breath taking. Beautiful scenery plus wildlife and mountain laurels blooming everywhere. God's beautiful creation. He's good all the time and all the time He's good.

5 months ago

unbelievable

hiking
5 months ago

Although this is a motor trail-there are plenty of pull off points to stop and explore and "free hike". Hardly any traffic and very quiet. Lots of old growth and huge trees. Very pretty and enjoyable.

5 months ago

6 months ago

It is a driving trail but well worth stopping often and wandering into the woods and exploring. The moss on the rocks are an iridescent green and result in great pictures. Provides an easily available cross section of scenic views, waterfalls, woods and solitude for those that can't or won't hike the mountains.

6 months ago

Something to do in the rain , that's about it

6 months ago

Beautiful!!

scenic driving
9 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous. Period. The cabins along the roadside are cool to check out. Gives you a taste of how life once was.

scenic driving
1 year ago

This is a nice drive after a rain has come through. The creeks are higher and the sounds of the flowing water is wonderful.traffic can be a pain in the busy season.