Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Set within the Great Smoky Mountains, Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is a one-way drivable trail that grants great views of the mountain park as well as the famous Roaring Fork waterfall. The waterfall gets its name from the loud roar that echoes between the mountains after a large amount of rainfall. If you want to stretch your legs and get away from the car, you will find an abundance of trails for all abilities throughout the park. If you're interested in all things ornithological, you will want to keep an eye out for the 240-odd species of birds that inhabit the park. See Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and all Great Smoky Mountains National Park has to offer by arranging your trip with our Great Smoky Mountains National Park online road trip planner .
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  • October 4, 2017
    If you are in Gatlinburg and miss the Roaring Fork Motor Trail, then you didn't really visit Gatlinburg. And it's literally on the edge of town but 150 years away in time. In a similar fashion to Cade...  more »
  • September 30, 2017
    This is a lovely little drive. It is one way only so no worries about running into someone. This is very peaceful. I believe it is only 6 miles but it's packed with history. At one stop there is the r...  more »
  • September 25, 2017
    We have made this drive several times. Sometimes stopping to walk one of the trails but most of the time to just drive with the windows down and listen to the river. This time we had a large black bea...  more »
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  • June 14, 2017
    This a great driving trail. Plenty of places to pullover, get out, take a short hike, or view. Excellent for traveling with kids that can't/don't walk long distances. We saw a bear near the road by a picnic area. We got out and played in a stream and a small waterfall. We went on a couple short hikes. It was a wonderful morning.
  • July 5, 2017
    Nice drive but can be busy. We went late in the afternoon and saw a bear with 2 cubs. Also a lot of nice places to stop and visit including a old mill.
  • February 7, 2017
    This place is certainly a fine dinning experience. We were taken care of beautifully by their entire team. A fresh four course meal was prepared for us. The only negative was our table location near the small bar and line to the single- person restroom
  • March 27, 2017
    Beat the "cove" crowd and the winding drive. Great little 30 min nature hike at the Ogle homestead...beautiful river at the halfway point. But get there before 10:00 to find a spot in the small parking lot. Kinda hard to find...turn at streetlight number 6.
  • December 1, 2016
    Awesome driving trail. Roads are narrow and very steep an you descend from the mountain. Hard on your brakes but well worth it

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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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