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, 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.

DISTANCE
10.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2762 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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
14 days ago

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

hiking
27 days 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.

1 month ago

scenic driving
1 month ago

1 month 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!

1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

some beautiful waterfalls and scenery

5 months ago

Beautiful

scenic driving
6 months ago

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

scenic driving
7 months ago

Great scenic family drive!

scenic driving
7 months ago

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

scenic driving
7 months ago

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

8 months ago

Good drive for family

scenic driving
9 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!

9 months ago

9 months ago

scenic driving
10 months ago

off road driving
10 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.

11 months ago