Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Our Smokey Mountain Vacation - Day Five, Part Five: Roaring Forks Motor Road

This post is part of a travel series of our vacation in the Smokey Mountains.  To start at the beginning, go HERE!  The rest of the posts in chronological order are HERE, HEREHEREHEREHERE, HEREHERE, HERE, and HERE!

I think this first picture if just perfect for the first picture of this post because it looks as if I'm waving goodbye to you.  In a sense, I am!  I am waving goodbye to the Smokey Mountains and to this series, for Roaring Forks Motor Road was the very last thing we did in the Smokey's and this  post will be the end of this series.

I don't think we intentionally saved "the best for last" for we really didn't know anything about this scenic road.  It just so happened that the road didn't even open till the very last day of our vacation, and it also happened to be the very last thing we did on Day Five because we hit it on our way back to our hotel for the night.  But I do believe, driving and exploring the Roaring Forks Motor Road was one of the best things we did in the Smokies.  It was so peaceful.  There were not that many people on this road once you got past the popular trail heads.  We were able to pull over as often as we wished, and just enjoy the tranquil beauty of the Smokies.

 Roaring Forks Motor Road is a one-way 5.5 mile winding, narrow road that takes you through the forests and alongside an exuberant mountain stream:  "Roaring Fork".  It is one of the largest and fastest mountain streams in the park.  In addition to viewing the beautiful forest and stream, you will see lots of historic buildings, similar to what you'd find in Cades Cove Loop Road.

There are multiple stops on the road where you can pick up a hiking trail or explore an early settler's settlement.  Here we stopped not just to check out the cabin seen in the distance, but also so I could take my sneakers off and soak my tired feet in the stream.

The Roaring Forks stream truly is the most spectacular thing to see on this road.  The sound of running water is everywhere, so be sure to drive with your car windows down.

There are quite a number of historic buildings, log cabins, and a grist mill on this road.

The best part of being in the Smokies this time of the year was seeing all the Trilliums in bloom.  They formed a beautiful white carpet in the forest.

History buffs will love exploring Roaring Forks Motor Road for it's filled with information of all the early settlers.

You can access both the Rainbow Falls and the Grotto Falls trailheads from the Roaring Forks Motor Road, but there is also one waterfall you can see right from your car window for it's right on the road.  It's called "Place of a Thousand Drips".  Isn't that a great name for a waterfall?

But the fun doesn't end there!  Right when you exit the Roaring Forks Motor Road there is a little artistic residential/business area.  They had the most beautiful daffodils blooming along the road side when we were there.

Here you can shop for items made by local artists.  I purchased the cutest handmade salsa bowl as my souvenir of the Smokies.

Here you will also find Ely's Mill

I don't know if it was just a relaxing, quiet end to our very eventful day, but we just loved every minute driving the Roaring Forks Motor Road.  I just remember such blissful peace and serenity and I couldn't think of a better way to end our week at the Smokies.

Be sure to check out the two short videos.  The first one shows all the Trilliums in bloom as we drive along in the car, and the second one is the gorgeous Roaring Forks stream.

 Have A Great Day!  Amy

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  1. Looks like you all had a nice time! Thanks so much for linking up with me at the Unlimited Link Party 30. Pinned!

  2. All those trillium in bloom sure are pretty! I love the idea of a drive where you can hear the water; those are usually my favorite types of hikes too.

  3. It was great trip! i love your photos :)

  4. What a beautiful drive this looks like with this gorgeous scenery all around! And I love how the daffodils grow on the side of the road! The stream looks so pretty and inviting! I can even imagine some black bears cooling off here in the summer!

    1. It sure was. I couldn't believe after all I had heard about black bears in the Smokies I never saw a single one. And we were up pretty early too!

  5. Wow, so very beautiful. Would love to go on this.

  6. We just got home from the Smokeys! Aren’t they beautiful?


    1. Oh, how fun! Was it as crowded when you were there as it was when we were there back in April. Yes, they have a very distinct beauty.

  7. Looks like you had a great time. Lovely photos :)

    Thanks so much for linking up to The Wednesday Link Up. I hope you can join us again tomorrow for our next party :) #TheWednesdayLinkUp

  8. More beauty of that fabulous part of the country!

    Thanks for your link at My Corner of the World this week!

  9. What a beautiful place, so calm and peaceful, I love learning about other countries history, another gorgeous place to add to my bucket list to visit one day x

    1. It sure is! Yes, when history is incorporated into travel and nature it makes my vacation so much more fun and interesting.

  10. You really did save the best for last, Amy! These photos are stunning. What a beautiful tranquil place. I really like the old historic cabins and buildings, too. I need to get back to the Smokies soon! Thanks for sharing and linking with me.



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