Tennessee Vacation: Roaring Forks Motor Trail and Gatlinburg

Our last day in the Smoky Mountains we did a variety of things. First, we went on the Roaring Forks Motor Trail. This is a fairly narrow, winding one-way drive through a different part of the park than we’d been to before. It was totally different scenery than the other 2 days. Instead of mountains, we spent a lot of the time along streams and driving through trees.

There were some original settler’s houses along this drive, as well. One was painted 3 different colors because the original settlers wanted to use every color of paint available from the Sears Roebuck catalog. It’s maybe a good thing only 3 colors were available at the time. Another small cabin had been home to a family of 9. It’s hard to imagine that many people in a house as small as these were. There were rhododendrons in bloom along the route, as well as other wild flowers.  The last stop on this road was one of the things I had been looking forward to, a waterfall called Place of 1000 drips. It’s not a huge waterfall, but it is beautiful with lots of small water trickles falling down the rocks.

Next, we went into Gatlinburg and did some moonshine tasting at Ole Smoky Moonshine. We tried 13 different varieties and ended up buying a jar of Blackberry Moonshine. We then spent a little time walking along the main road in Gatlinburg, just seeing what there was to see.

We drove back into the Smoky Mountains for a picnic lunch and checked out a few scenic overlooks since it wasn’t as cloudy as the day before.