Rushing water at the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail in the Smoky Mountains.

People come to Gatlinburg from all over the country to see the majestic beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. However, not everyone who comes to enjoy nature is able or willing to hike through the forest. Fortunately, there is a way to take in the sights of the National Park from the comfort of your car. Located minutes away from our Gatlinburg cabins, the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is a 6 mile long loop road with stunning views of the Smokies.

What is the Roaring Fork?

The nature trail takes its name from the Roaring Fork, one of the fastest flowing mountain streams in the National Park. When you listen to the rush of the stream’s water, it is easy to see why the name “Roaring Fork” is so appropriate.

What You’ll Find on the Trail

The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is awash with both natural and historical attractions. Visitors will see mountain streams, old-growth forests, grist mills, log cabins and other historic buildings. At the very beginning of the trail, guests can take a self-guided tour of the Noah “Bud” Ogle mountain farmstead and surrounding hardwood forest. This short walking tour includes Ogle’s handcrafted wooden flume plumbing system and a streamside tubmill.

How to Get There

To get to the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, turn off of Gatlinburg’s main parkway at traffic light #8, which will lead you along the Historic Nature Trail Road to the Cherokee Orchard entrance to the national park. The Roaring Fork Trail is located just beyond the Rainbow Falls trailhead.

After a relaxing day driving along the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, you will be ready to retire to one of our beautiful Gatlinburg cabins. Top Cabin Rentals offers luxurious lodging featuring fully equipped kitchens, hot tubs, jacuzzis, swimming pool access, and game rooms. With stellar amenities and an unbeatable location close to the National Park, Top Cabin Rentals has everything you need for an unforgettable Smoky Mountain vacation. Visit our Contact page to send us an email or give us a call at 1-800-223-6264.