Roaring Fork, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

#2 of 103 in Wildlife in Tennessee
Must see · Wildlife Area · Nature / Park
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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  • It’s closed but a great hike when it’s closed. We walked up it to Grotto Falls and saw deer, turkey and amazing views.  more »
  • I didn't get a chance to hike the various trails off of the Roaring Fork road, but did see two black bears, turkies, and enjoyed seeing the old cabins, mills, etc. The fall scenery was outstanding.  more »
  • Driving is fantastic.
  • Beautiful stops along the route and great opportunity to be in nature if not able or or wanting to hike much.

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