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ROARING FORK
MOTOR NATURE TRAIL

The Roaring Fork Motor Cade travels around the trail on a constant basis.MOTOR NATURE TRAIL
From the motor trail you can enjoy a magnificent Roaring Fork view.Roaring Fork View of the Smokies
These Roaring Fork wild flowers can be seen all along the trail at certain times during the year.Lovely Wildflowers
This Roaring Fork stream is how this motor trail got its name.Beautiful Streams

 Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is the perfect place to see Tennessee history, wildlife, (including the black bear) and enjoy the beauty of the mountains without leaving the city of Gatlinburg.

Roaring Fork Road is a winding road with lots of curves.


The motor trail is a narrow, one-way loop road.  It's 5.5 miles long and filled with wildflowers, mountain streams,  and a beautiful picnic area.   There are lots of trees and old log cabins. Parking areas are available throughout the drive.  It is permissible to walk onto the properties and tour these old historical landmarks and take photos.  




Roaring Fork is home to two of the Great Smoky Mountain's most popular Waterfalls

Roaring Fork Falls includes two of the Great Smoky Mountain's most popular waterfalls...Rainbow Falls & Grotto Falls.
These beautiful falls are known as Roaring Fork 100 Drips.Roaring Fork's 100 Drips


The hike to Rainbow Falls is 5.4 miles round trip and is considered a bit strenuous.  Grotto Falls, also know as "Place Of A Thousand Drips" begins at the Trillium Gap Trail head.  There's plenty of wildlife along the way, so take your camera!  And, as always, a comfortable pair of hiking shoes, or boots is a necessity for an enjoyable hike.

THE REAGAN PLACE

The Roaring Fork Reagan Place is visited by hundreds of tourists every year.Reagan's Place

The area was the home of Alfred Reagan.  He was a family man who played a vital role in the community.  He worked hard and held several jobs.  This man loved the Lord and served as a lay preacher.  It is believed that the original structure of the house was a log cabin built sometime between 1818-1894.  A fireplace was it's only heat source. In it's day, this house was considered one of the area's finest!  

The Reagan Place had a turbine grist mill. This was pretty common, however, it had a hand-made powered bolting machine which was an unusual feature for this kind of mill.  It was believed that wheat was ground into different grades. Originally, Reagan's Place also included a barn, blacksmith shop, corn crib, store building, and a wood shed.  Today, all that remains is the house and the mill.

Reagan's Ephriam

JIM BALES PLACE

This historical landmark is known as Roaring Fork Bales Place.Jim Bale's Place

James Wesley Bales was the owner of this homestead.  He and his brother lived in the area from the 1860's until the 1930's.  Jim later married a girl named Emma Ogle who lived in a nearby homestead. The cabin on this property was moved here by the Park Service from Sugarlands.   The cabin was actually owned by a man named Alex Cole.  Today, all that remains of the Jim Bales Place is corn crib and the barn.  

ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF MALIA LANE