Auto Tour the Smokies

Within a few short minutes of the hustle and bustle, stop and go of the Parkway in Gatlinburg, you can drive through one of the most beautiful areas of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A drive along the Roaring Fork Motor Trail is an absolute must during your vacation at Autumn Ridge.

Bud Ogle Cabin at Roaring Fork Nature Trail

Log Cabins and Historic Buildings

From the Parkway, you will enter the trail from stoplight #8 at Airport Rd. The driving trail is a 5.5-mile one-way, loop road and is generally open May 1 – November 30.

If the weather cooperates, plan to take your drive after a good rain. The streams and waterfalls will be at their best when Gatlinburg has gotten a good soak. Rather than putting a damper on a vacation, this time some rain will greatly enhance the experience!

Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail offers a quiet, leisurely drive through some old growth forest. You’ll find plenty of opportunities to pull off of the road to admire the scenery, log cabins, gristmills, and other historic buildings. Take lots of photos!