Scenic Drive on Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

Scenic Drive on Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

Activities

Chillin, Photography

Skill

Beginner

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Forest
Handicap Accessible
Scenic
Waterfall

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.

Community Photos

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

Nearby Lodging

From $194/night

Under Canvas Great Smoky Mountains

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

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Awesome Drive

So many places to see along this one scenic road

Activities

Chillin, Photography

Skill

Beginner

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

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Hike to Mount LeConte-Cliff Tops via Rainbow Falls Trail

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