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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  • While driving through both Clingman's and Cades Cove we stopped at just about every pull off. Roaring Forks was very pretty. We were fortunate to be able to pull over because traffic was bumper to bum...  more »
  • This was sort of a fun drive, uphill, lots of steep narrow curves and a few trail-heads off the road. Also you can visit a few cabins. My favorite stop with Ely's Mill. The lady had a loom and I was l...  more »
  • We got to drive the Roaring Fork loop just after an overnite light snow fall. The sky was blue and the sun was bright for the most beautiful drive in recent memory for us. This is a great place to see...  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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