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Great Smoky Mountains National Park has a few scenic drives from which you can explore the park. The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is approximately 6 miles of narrow, winding road. It is one-way, just outside Gatlinburg.
The trail-head for the popular Rainbow Falls hike is at the beginning of this road. We stopped there, but saw that the hike was over five miles. It was a hot, humid afternoon and we weren’t really up to that challenge.
A little further along the loop, we parked at the Trillium Gap trail-head to take the shorter hike to Grotto Falls. It is 1.5 miles from the trail-head to the falls. It is steep and rocky in places.
At the top of the Grotto Falls hike, the falls cascade over a rock shelf. This creates a ledge behind the waterfall. We walked behind the falls and cooled off in the spray.
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Location: Gatlinburg, TN
Designation: National Park
Date designated or established: 9/02/1940
Date of my visit: August 2013