Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail - Great Smoky Mountain is a 10.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, birding, and scenic driving and is best used from April until November.
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
some beautiful waterfalls and scenery
A nice driving trail that takes you through some of the wonderful beauty of the smokies!!!
Great scenic family drive!
This is as nice as drive as you will find south of the Kangamangus (spelling) in New Hampshire.
Scott said it beautifully. This is a chance to be out in the woods from your car.
Good drive for family
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!
Very nice except for the truck that broke down ahead of us. There were app 150 cars stuck at the thousand drips waterfall.
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!
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.
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.
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.