Introduction to the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
Introduction to the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

April 25, 2017

One of the most common questions I get asked is "What is there to do in the national park that's in close proximity to Gattlinburg, Tennessee?"  My favorite answer is "Roaring For Motor Nature Trail."

This is a place you can take a beautiful auto tour that's almost like a hike in your car.  Turn the radio off, roll the windows down and enjoy the scenic drive through the woods past historic farms and other trailheads.

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Abrams Falls is the most popular waterfall in the Smokies for a good reason
Abrams Falls is the most popular waterfall in the Smokies for a good reason

April 10, 2017

If your Great Smoky Mountains National Park plans include Cades Cove, then the five mile round trip hike to Abrams Falls comes highly recommended.  Considered moderately difficult by the National Park service, this trail will challenge you if you’re not well-prepared.  However, it does not include any extended inclines and the trail itself is heavily used and well-maintained.

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Old Sugarlands Trail, and the Rich Community History
Old Sugarlands Trail, and the Rich Community History

April 07, 2017

If the a little bit of Great Smoky Mountains National Park history with a nice easy hike and not too many other people is your cup of tea, then the Old Sugarlands Trail could not come more highly recommended.  Located directly across from the park headquarters on Newfound Gap Road, this small treasure is almost hidden in plain sight.  Just park in the small pull-off on the side of the road.

This is a remarkably easy trail to complete.  It is slightly less than four miles to the cemetery and back, and has only a few short stretches of mild incline. 

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