Roaring Fork, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

#2 of 104 in Wildlife in Tennessee
Must see · Wildlife Area · Nature / Park
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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  • Beautiful, short drive. Go early and avoid the crowds. We stopped and did the hike to Grotto Falls which I would recommend!  more »
  • This river is simply gorgeous along its entire length. Waterfalls and Rapids throughout its length. Pullouts for those who stop and go hiking and fishing  more »
  • It’s closed but a great hike when it’s closed. We walked up it to Grotto Falls and saw deer, turkey and amazing views.  more »
  • Driving is fantastic.
  • Beautiful stops along the route and great opportunity to be in nature if not able or or wanting to hike much.
  • Walk down some of the trails with water its amazing
  • The Roaring Fork is one of the bigger mountain streams in Great Smoky National Park. This area can be reached by driving the partially one-way traffic Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. On this road a number of Trailheads with limited amount of parking lead to hikes for interesting destinations - the Rainbow Falls trail is very recommendable leading to beautiful waterfall. This 2.7 mile one-way trail is moderately strenuous - doable for baby boomers with decent walking shoes.
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