Scenic Drive on Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail


    Added by Elyse Clark

    This scenic loop drive in the Great Smoky Mountains also has access to three superb waterfalls.

    This 6 mile drive is a great way to spend a scenic day in the Smokies. The road is open to cars only (no trucks or RVs) and runs one-way. There are no visitors centers after you head out, so be sure to bring everything you need along.

    The drive begins at the historic Ogle farmstead, which is also the location of the Rainbow Falls Trailhead (5.4 miles). Further along you will find the Trillium Gap Trailhead, leading to Grotto Falls (2.6 miles). For an easier access waterfall that doesn't require a hike, be sure to stop at the Place of a Thousand Drips, located toward the end of the drive, at stop 15.

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    🥇Top Contributor

    2 months ago

    Easy paced drive connected to Gatlinburg

    A lot of Iconic cabins in the smoky mountains reside within this loop. Also, several awesome trails are worthy of hiking within this trip.


    🥇Top Contributor

    3 months ago

    Cool place for wildlife and nature!

    This scenic drive is pretty great for the historic factor that it offers as well as the nature. Be sure to check out the stops along the rout just watch for stinging nettle.


    🥇Top Contributor

    about 3 years ago

    Awesome Drive

    So many places to see along this one scenic road

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