Cades Cove and Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

Other motor trails exist for the “armchair” visitor. The most famous is the Cades Cove Loop, which is also a historical tour of those who settled in the valley. Northeast of Gatlinburg off Rte. 321 is the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail Loop which takes you up the western flank of Mt. LeConte. This paved, narrow, winding jewel of a road fords streams and cuts across a deep gorge. It is closed during the winter and at all times to buses, trailers, and RV’s. At the visitor centers you can also find out how to get to the various dirt roads that will take you further back into the mountains and off the beaten path.