As summer winds down and the first signs of fall appear, eager travelers flock to some of the nation’s most beautiful tourist spots to catch a glimpse of nature as her seasons change. One of the most popular locations is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but few know of this national treasure’s must-see secret locations throughout the Park.
A Motor Trail With Awe-Inspiring Scenery
First is the Roaring Fork Motor Trail. Named after the swift Roaring Fork river nearby, this 6-mile long path is perfect for scenic views of the mountains and rushing streams below. On every side of the trail are towering, bright green trees reaching for the sky. Many small trails have access points along the way if you feel inclined to take on a side adventure. Only cars can fit along the trail, so the bustling traffic of urban life is long-forgotten on this breath-taking, winding path.
Historic Sweden Furnace Iron Mine
While not technically located in the National Park, the Historic Sweden Furnace Iron Mine is a short pit-stop for the traveler touring Foxfire Mountain. This incredible bit of history is well-preserved and beautifully tucked away behind a waterfall in the mountain. Though they don’t allow visitors to walk in the mine for safety reasons, you are allowed to see everything inside from the entrance. In order to access the mine, take River Walk Trail to Lost Mine Falls at Foxfire Mountain Adventures.
Rainbow Falls Cave
Perhaps the Smoky Mountain’s most difficult to find gem is the Rainbow Falls Cave, a worthwhile discovery for any tourist looking to take an interesting story back home. It is only accessible by taking the Schoolhouse Gap Trail, then going off on a mile-long footpath near the White Oak Sinks. The journey is well worth it when you finally arrive at your destination. Concealed by the spray of a light waterfall, the moss-filled cavern fills you with a sense of discovery and awe that you have been where few have been before.If these off the beaten path adventures sound exciting to you then you won’t want to miss our other great Smoky Mountain trip ideas! From a romantic weekend under $500 to a family fun experience, a trip to Sevierville is where memories are made and cherished.