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Recommended Routes in Roaring Fork - 4

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Favorite Leave Only Your Footprints. The scene from Grotto Falls after a February morning snow fall in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. From Dec. to mid-March, the trail begins at the Rainbow Falls Trailhead (6 miles r/t). Rest of the year, you can begin at Trillium Gap Trailhead for a 2.6-mile hike.
Intermediate

Grotto Falls

2.6 mi 4.2 km 515' Up 157.07 m Up 516' Down 157.18 m Down

Gatlinburg, TN
Favorite Rainbow Falls
Intermediate/Difficult

Rainbow Falls

5.4 mi 8.7 km 1,607' Up 489.94 m Up 1,607' Down 489.89 m Down

Gatlinburg, TN
Favorite Resting the legs after a long hike up. This view from atop Mt. Leconte is known as Cliff Top.
Difficult

Mount Le Conte Loop

16.0 mi 25.7 km 3,960' Up 1207.09 m Up 3,964' Down 1208.13 m Down

Bryson…, NC
Favorite Stream in the Smoky Mtns.
Intermediate/Difficult

Mount Leconte: 6-Routes 3-Summits

50.2 mi 80.7 km 11,352' Up 3460.03 m Up 12,068' Down 3678.37 m Down

Gatlinburg, TN

Roaring Fork Hiking

  • 97 Miles 155 Kilometers of Trail
  • 4 Recommended Routes
  • 2 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 8 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 0 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Roaring Fork - 6

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2.8 mi 4.5 km #1Baskins Creek Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Gatlinburg, TN
Intermediate/Difficult
Gatlinburg, TN 19 
6.6 mi 10.7 km #2Rainbow Falls Trail
Difficult
Gatlinburg, TN
Difficult
Gatlinburg, TN
9.0 mi 14.4 km #3Trillium Gap Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Gatlinburg, TN
Intermediate/Difficult
Gatlinburg, TN 11 
1.9 mi 3.1 km #4Twin Creeks Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Gatlinburg, TN
Easy/Intermediate
Gatlinburg, TN
1.4 mi 2.3 km #5Grassy Branch Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Gatlinburg, TN
Intermediate/Difficult
Gatlinburg, TN
0.7 mi 1.1 km #6Noah Bud Ogle Place Nature Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Gatlinburg, TN
Easy/Intermediate
Gatlinburg, TN

Photos of Roaring Fork - 35

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The sun sets over the mountains and through the trees along Baskins Creek Trail.
Nov 25, 2017 near Gatlinburg, TN
The start of Trillium Gap Trail.
Sep 4, 2015 near Gatlinburg, TN
Leconte Creek flows along the mill, providing power to the mill. You can see the log used to divert water from the creek into the mill.
Nov 25, 2017 near Gatlinburg, TN
LeConte Creek
Sep 4, 2015 near Gatlinburg, TN
The trail comes to a skinny log bridge.
Jun 6, 2016 near Gatlinburg, TN
On rainbow falls trail.
Jul 17, 2021 near Gatlinburg, TN
Grotto Falls in background with rock path on the right. Taken November 2018 on a rainy/snowy ascent of Mt. Laconte. A little rain makes the creek crossings swollen. Socks were damp to say the least even with Gortex leather mid-hiking boots.
Nov 11, 2019 near Gatlinburg, TN
The trail runs along a section of forest burnt by the Chimney Fire in 2016. Its easy to see the new growth amongst the damaged trees.
Nov 25, 2017 near Gatlinburg, TN