Scenic Drive on Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

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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.

Pack List

  • Hiking boots
  • Water
  • Sun protection
  • Food
  • Camera
  • Tripod
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Added by Elyse Clark

Explorer. Hiker. Photographer.

Activities:

Chillin, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Features:

Forest
Handicap Accessible
Scenic
Waterfall

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