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Roaring Fork, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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#1 of 36 in Wildlife in Tennessee
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Deep within the lush wilderness of the Great Smoky Mountains, Roaring Fork is surrounded with waterfalls, forested hills, and a number of trails to explore. This area, now on the National Register of Historic Places, is home to frontier cabins and farms. Prone to swelling even after mild rain, the stream's noise echoes loudly through the surroundings. Wander through the Appalachian homesteads in the nearby clearings for a glimpse of an isolated community that survived well into the 20th century. Take a scenic drive along the Motor Nature Trail, a 9.6 km (6 mi) historical road that passes many of the area's major sights. Using our custom trip planner, Great Smoky Mountains National Park attractions like Roaring Fork can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The drive is truly scenic and needs a half day dedicated if you include the Hrotyo falls. Parking was hard to find mid afternoon. The hike is actually quite strenuous in the heat. It is all uphill wit...  more »
  • It's a curvy winding road with seanic views of places! 2 trailheads to visit, Rainbow falls, Grotto falls, ( it's overcrowed)!  more »
  • We live in the Northeast where the roads are wide, and guardrails are seemingly everywhere and the Roaring Fork road is the complete opposite of that, so know these things going in so you are not as s...  more »

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Inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park, choose between developed campgrounds where you can pitch your tent by your car and access restrooms and showers, or more primitive vehicle-accessed campgrounds. The park also offers accommodations in a permanent structure at LeConte Lodge, which is accessible via five different hiking trails. (There is no car access; you must hike in to use this lodge.) For a wider array of lodging options, stay in Gatlinburg. Serving primarily as a resort gateway to the park, the town offers various styles of accommodation, from national chain hotels to mountain lodges to small inns. Most places lie within 8 km (5 mi) of the park's entrance.
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