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Very easy walk along the river. Used heavily but well maintained. Favorite among locals. I have seen birds, squirrels, deer and elk while on this trail. Some people use this as a light jogging trail in the mornings like I did. Has a little bridge and a few benches to sit and rest on along the way. There are a few story boards on this trail that tell of the Cherokee history. This trail is easy enough for older folks too. There are a few access points to the river with small beaches and you pass under a bridge. Lovely little walk. Seems like only a mile and a half walk.

scenic driving
2 days ago

Absolutely gorgeous!   This is probably my favorite part of the National Park.  Just a beautiful drive with plenty of stop offs.  Great valleys and mountain ranges in the background.  It does not open till 10am on Wednesdays and Saturdays so plan accordingly.  Also it is kind of way off in a separate area of the park so if you are thinking of stopping at the various historic buildings along the way and maybe adding in the hike to Abrams Falls plan this to be the only thing you do that day.  Plus the drive out there is just nice with some places to pull over and look at the view of the river.  Finally, we went in early May and there was a lot of traffic, as it gets closer to the summer expect significant traffic and delays.

nature trips
11 days ago

The trail road ride was amazing. Had beautiful views and many areas along the road to pull over and take in the scenes and take pictures. Then you can hike up Grotto Falls, which you won’t regret. The trail is easy and accessible to the falls. We hiked it during the month of May, 2018 and the weather was perfect, not hot and definitely not cold. The water at the falls was that typical cold mountain water that’s just waiting for you to dip your feet in, so yes, go ahead.

hiking
16 days ago

Beautiful trail

scenic driving
21 days ago

Great drive with spots to pull off and take pictures!

hiking
25 days ago

it was a pieceful hike to the cove mountain trail Head.

scenic driving
26 days ago

Lots of cars but it was still nice. Saw a mamma bear and two cubs napping in a tree.

Easy hike with kids. Beautiful wildflowers!

wow what a wonderful hike

scenic driving
1 month ago

My review is from the perspective of an amateur landscape photographer

First I did this as a scenic drive. The Roaring Fork Nature Trail is one of the highlights of the GSMNP. I been at least 4 times. There are abundant wildflowers thru the month of April. There are scenic cabins. There are 4-5 pullouts with scenic creeks/rivers. And there is one scenic view of the mountains.

The only downside is the the road is VERY busy after Memorial Day and it’s also narrow. You can only park at the pull offs and sometimes that means you’ll need to walk back to the photo you want.

This loop takes you back in time. It never ceases to amaze me what our forefathers were able to accomplish

trail running
1 month ago

Nice morning runs from Gatlinburg hotels

Hiked up this road before it was opened for the season. Only saw a few folks. If going from Ely's Mill, the first 2-3 miles can be steep, but it's all paved and you can take a breather at one of the many beautiful falls. At the Thousand Drips waterfall, my young son climbed up into an deep alcove. We really enjoyed this hike.

Note that we did get a report of bears crossing the path ahead of us, but they were gone when we passed by.

Really enjoyed this. Easy trail follows river. Road into National Park is nearby which detracts, but you eventually get away from it. As you get closer to the visitors center, the trail is part of a maintenance road.

I will avoid every trail along this path from now on. It takes an hour + to do with cars constantly stopping and going and all tourists who likely aren’t hiking.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice walk along the river not difficult at all, well maintained and easy to follow. Close to Gatlinburg and one of the few trails that allows dogs. No good Mountain View’s or impressive water falls if your looking to get out and stretch your legs this is perfect. If your trying to experience hiking in the smokies there are many better trails in the area.

Very nice trail - it’s really a stroll through the woods along a river. Some really nice spots for picture taking. The kids were feeling too adventurous for the paved path so we took the dirt path closer to the river. It was beautiful.

hiking
2 months ago

The river is 5 star beautiful but the nearby commercial areas deduct a point to 4 stars. The nearby busy roads drop it down to 3. Bonus star granted however for being dog friendly. Overall 4 stars.

hiking
2 months ago

Did this trail May and October 2017. Starting from Sugarland Visitor Center's left side to Park Headquarters then across and to the left on Park Headquarters Rd. NOT comfortable (road) on this part, NO walkway over road bridge!! Only (TN side) trail that allows dogs.

Many flowers, strong walk bridge over Pigeon River. there is a short off trail path to the Smoky Mountain sign for photos. There is a square post you can place your camera, set timer for photos!

There are sections (before walk bridge) where you can see how close the Nov 2016 fire got to the trail.

VERY crowded and because it's a one-lane one-way road, you feel rushed because there's a line of cars behind you. So stopping to enjoy the view would mean backing up traffic in the middle of the forest. We caught a very tiny & quick glimpse of a bear that was very far away and in order to do that we had to pull over into the grass, get out of the car & walk to make our way through a heard of cars & crowd of people who were standing on the tip of their toes trying to see passed the person in front of them. There was a blockade set up so people cdnt get further in to see & some people were on the blockade to see if they catch a glimpse of the bear. We managed to make our way to a boulder that was big enough for us to stand on. just as we finally got up there and was able to see something in the distance, a ranger came and told everybody to disperse. so then you have a crowd of people trying to get back to their vehicles all at once. We sat in our car for what seemed like forever because we couldn't get out. it was a disaster. And we drove 2 hours to get there for that. I think the idea what Cades Cove was supposed to be is a great one, but when you take that idea and put it into practice it's a disaster.

hiking
3 months ago

Very hard to find the start of the trail -- have to go thru a parking lot - signs are confusing. Once you find the trail, it runs along the river and it is great! I actually think this one is better to start at the end and hike backwards - much easier to find your starting place!!!! Does allow dogs - several people we ran into were confused since nearly everything in the area isn't dog friendly (craziness!).

A nice trail for the dogs that also has some pretty views.

hiking
4 months ago

Super easy hike. Great way to get from town to the Sugarlands visitor center and Great Smoky Mountain National Park area. Follows a very clear river.

scenic driving
4 months ago

This is my favorite stretch of road in the world. Breathtaking views everywhere and trails all along the road. Watch out for turkey and elk.

4 months ago

Beautiful trail

hiking
4 months ago

Easy hike along a beautiful creek

Great family trail

Beautiful in winter! Lots of people over the holidays though. Took an hour just to get through Gatlinburg to the trail head. Last part was on the side of the road as well. But lots of trees and the river was flowing fast!

Easy walk along a scenic river. Enjoyed the small storyboard along the trail explaining Cherokee legends and customs relating to the river and explaining its importance to the Cherokee. Hike was great for us with two young children. Great for families. Was also really peaceful since we didn’t see many people along the trail. We went in December so not sure if would be more crowded during the summer months, but it was not crowded when we went, which was really nice.

scenic driving
4 months ago

Very fun drive and lots to do! Enjoy scenery....saw several baby deer too!

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