Roaring Fork, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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#1 of 27 in Wildlife in Tennessee
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. Make Roaring Fork part of your personalized Great Smoky Mountains National Park itinerary using our Great Smoky Mountains National Park online route builder .
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  • August 23, 2017
    So along the drive there many pull outs. Bring clothes you don't care about keeping dry. Also wear river or water shoes. The kids had fun playing in the water.  more »
  • August 21, 2017
    Make sure you spend the dollar to buy the Roaring Fork motor trail guide before starting the drive as it will explain all the wonderful sites on this amazing road. Get out a each stop and explore and ...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    Was not as impressed by the trail as others may have been. Personally prefer the drive thru the park or Cades Cove. It was a curvy road and we saw no wildlife.  more »

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Where to stay in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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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