The Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Our STREEL LEGAL Polaris RZRs are simply the best way to experience The Great Smoky Mountains and to enjoy the winding mountainous roads. There are so many places to see and what a better way to do it than on a Polaris RZR. Not only are these machines powerful, they are FUN!
We provide free maps to the following destinations:
Cades Cove is a beautiful valley surrounded by the Great Smoky Mountains and is one of the most popular destinations in the Great Smokies. It offers some of the best opportunities for wildlife viewing in the park. Large numbers of white-tailed deer are frequently seen, and sightings of black bear, coyote, ground hog, turkey, raccoon, skunk, and other animals are also possible.
Cades Cove also offers the widest variety of historic buildings of any area in the national park. Scattered along the loop road are three churches, a working grist mill, barns, log houses, and many other faithfully restored eighteenth and nineteenth century structures.
An 11-mile, one-way loop road circles the cove, offering motorists the opportunity to sight-see at a leisurely pace. Allow at least two hours to tour Cades Cove, longer if you walk some of the trails.
A visitor center (open daily), restrooms, and the Cable Mill historic area are located half-way around the loop road.
The National Park Service announced it will be implementing ‘Vehicle-Free Wednesdays‘ in Cades Cove this summer from June 17 through September 30. Each Wednesday, the Cades Cove Loop will be closed to traffic all day instead of just mornings so cyclists and pedestrians can safely enjoy recreation. Otherwise the road is open to motor vehicles from sunrise until sunset daily, weather permitting.
Cades Cove is open year-round during daylight hours, however it can be closed from time to time for various reasons. Please visit the National Park Temporary Road Closure List for current status.
At 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is the highest point in Tennessee, and the third highest mountain east of the Mississippi. The observation tower on the summit of Clingmans Dome offers spectacular 360° views of the Smokies and beyond for visitors willing to climb the steep half-mile walk to the tower at the top.
On clear days views expand over a 100 miles. Unfortunately, air pollution often limits viewing distances to under 20 miles.
Clouds, precipitation, and cold temperatures are common at Clingman’s Dome. Temperatures at the dome can be 10 -20 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than in the surrounding lowlands.
Clingmans Dome Road: Open April 1 – November 30, 2018, weather permitting. Please visit the National Park Temporary Road Closure List for current status.
Newfound Gap (el. 5048 ft./1539 m.) is a mountain pass located near the center of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
From the parking area at Newfound Gap, you can stand on the state line between North Carolina and Tennessee.
Newfound Gap is also home to the Rockefeller Memorial, a popular destination within the national park and the site from where former U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt formally dedicated the park on September 2, 1940.
Newfound Gap Road can be closed for accidents, rock slides and weather related reasons. Please visit the National Park Temporary Road Closure List for current status.
Roaring Fork Motor Trail
A fast-flowing mountain stream gave this area its unusual name. Roaring Fork is one of the larger and faster flowing mountain streams in the park. Drive this road after a hard rain and the inspiration behind the name will be apparent.
The narrow, winding, Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail invites you to slow down and enjoy the forest and historic buildings of the area. The 5.5-mile-long, one-way, loop road is a favorite side trip for many people who frequently visit the Smokies. It offers rushing mountain streams, glimpses of old-growth forest, and a number of well-preserved log cabins, grist mills, and other historic buildings.
To access Roaring Fork, turn off the main parkway in Gatlinburg, TN at traffic light #8 and follow Historic Nature Trail Road to the Cherokee Orchard entrance to the national park. Just beyond the Rainbow Falls trailhead you have the option of taking the one-way Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail.
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail: Open April 7 – November 26, 2018.
Buses, motorhomes, vans longer than 25 feet, and passenger vehicles towing trailers are prohibited on this road. Please visit the National Park Temporary Road Closure List for current status.
Scenic Drive with Waterfalls
Little River road is a beautiful road that follows Little River the entire way. Features plenty of pull-offs where you can walk down to the river, walk around and explore. We can provide you a map of this road and the waterfalls.
Little River Road is also home to a list of waterfalls.
The Sinks: A great swimming hole and waterfall located near the road with parking area.
White Oak Flats Falls: No trail, falls near road.
Cane Creek Twinn Falls: No trail, falls near road.
Megis Falls: No trail, falls near road.
Mannis Branch Falls: No trail, falls near road.
Laurel Falls: This waterfall is 80 feet high and is one of the most visited waterfalls in the park. There is a 1.3 mile trail hike to view this beauty. (2.6 mile round-trip hike).
Sugarlands Visitor Center
Begin your exploration of the park at a visitor center. Here you can pick up a park map or newspaper, have your questions answered by a ranger, and purchase books and guides to the park. Free admission to 20-minute film about the park. Public restrooms. Soda and water machines. Back-country Information Office.
Travel a one-lane bridge to get to this neat location. Picnic area with tables, grills, and a restroom. Nice wide river flowing for wading, or float in a tube. This is an unknown area to many and is a pass through on your way to Cades Cove.
Downtown Pigeon Forge
Cruise Downtown Pigeon Forge! It is super fun to do during a car show, crank the Bluetooth radio and cruise the Parkway.
From Pigeon Forge, you can head south to Gatlinburg, another popular tourist town with many things to do and places to see.
This is a fun way to tour the quaint town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The entrance to the Roaring Fork Motor Trail is at light #8 or grab a picnic lunch and head into the main entrance of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park from Gatlinburg.
Information courtesy of: www.nps.gov; Photos are property of Mountain Riders LLC
Please remember that feeding bears and other wildlife is illegal. The black bear symbolizes the invaluable wilderness qualities of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. But bears are dying unnecessarily due to improper disposal of garbage or illegal feeding by visitors. A bear’s remarkable sense of smell may lead it to human foods, such as a picnicker’s cooler, garbage left in the open, or food scraps thrown on the ground or left in the grill.
A bear that has discovered human food or garbage will eventually become day-active and leave the safety of the backcountry. It may panhandle along roadsides and be killed by a car or it may injure a visitor and have to be euthanized. Please do your part to help protect black bears and other wildlife in the Great Smokies. Clean your picnic area, including the grill and the ground around the table, thoroughly after your meal.