Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

MODERATE 63 reviews

Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is a 10.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November.

DISTANCE
10.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2417 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

scenic driving

walking

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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 month ago

This really is a great drive for all ages, but especially for those with kids. It's a fun way to see a good portion of the park, with a really nice paved one-way path.

We stopped and did a 3 hour hike on one of the many trailheads that are accessible on the road, and there are also many scenic spots as well as historic houses and farms to stop and get out at. Be sure to keep your eyes open the entire way - we saw a young black bear on a hill right next to the road!

1 month ago

really great. enjoyed every minute of it

1 month ago

This is a great motor trail. Lots of wildlife and places to pull over to take pics.

scenic driving
2 months ago

Very historical drive-cool cabins.

hiking
2 months ago

Wonderful motor trail. There are several points that you can stop along the way and explore, and that made it even more worthwhile!

3 months ago

Great trail! You drive this one though, so don't be confused and think it's a hike. You can pull off and do conventional hikes around it if you'd like as well. This is a one way road through a more secluded area of the park. If you go around 6 o'clock, it's a great opportunity to see bears. We saw 5 on our trip. Just drive slow and be on the lookout and you're bound to see something neat! Great for an end of the day activity once you're tired from hiking all day.

scenic driving
4 months ago

Great little loop close to downtown. Saw some deer and 4 bears! Plenty of places to stop and get out and see things.

hiking
4 months ago

We actually hiked a bit of the auto trail. Gorgeous. Gorgeous. Gorgeous. Wish we had seen a place to get closer to the creek.

scenic driving
4 months ago

Roaring Fork Auto Tour is a nice one-way drive starting just after the Rainbow Falls trailhead with pullouts to enjoy waterfalls, historic sites, views, rhododendron and other flowers and plants, and places to just chill and get back to nature. We saw evidence of the Gatlinburg fires and saw rejuvenation as well. We visited a roadside tub mill where they used to grind corn into meal, as well as a medium waterfall called the Place of the Thousand Drips. Saw a deer as well as some wild turkeys, and later on some pileated woodpeckers - three of them! Enjoy the ride and don't forget to stop and experience GSMNP.

scenic driving
6 months ago

still lots of fire damage but the cabins and old farm were nice

hiking
6 months ago

Many different levels of trails to hike or you can just stay in your car! Many places to park and get out to take pictures. When there are many cars it can take awhile to drive through so keep that in mind and be patient.

7 months ago

Amazing hike! Not an easy hike, did see a snake. But the waterfall at the top is worth it! You can actually walk behind it! Lots of little places to stop and see along the way too. Beautiful ride through the great smokey mountains. A must do for anyone who loves the outdoors!

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful!! a place to come back to over and over indeed. Not easy, but very worth the trek.

hiking
9 months ago

some beautiful waterfalls and scenery

11 months ago

Beautiful

scenic driving
Thursday, December 01, 2016

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

scenic driving
Monday, November 21, 2016

Great scenic family drive!

scenic driving
Monday, November 14, 2016

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

scenic driving
Monday, November 14, 2016

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

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Good drive for family

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