Fork Motor Nature Trail is a wonderful eight mile driving
loop which starts just outside of Gatlinburg. This drive
gives you a look at second growth forest full of hardwoods
and hemlocks with views of mountain steams, rapids,
cascades, and falls all along the roadside. There are
hiking trails to Grotto falls as well as Mount LeConte.
The one-way trail is open to cars, vans, and pickups
from early spring until December 1st.
Directions: Turn north at traffic light #8 in
downtown Gatlinburg onto Historic Nature Trail. This road
turns into Cherokee Orchard Road as you enter the Park. You
will circle back into Gatlinburg at highway 321N about 10
miles later. Allow 1 to 2 hours to drive the trail.
Below are some pictures taken on the trail in late April of
Click here for more information about
the Roaring Fork Nature Trail.