3 Great Scenic Drives in the Smoky Mountains You Should Try

When it comes to the Smoky Mountains, you will never be disappointed with what you come across, the views are absolutely incredible. While many think hiking or biking through the Smoky Mountains is a great way to see it all, we’d like to think differently. At Mountain Air Cabin Rentals, we recommend driving to see it all. It is one of the best ways to enjoy the natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains, and it’s also relaxing. There are a number of scenic drives to take in the Smoky Mountains, but today we are sharing our three favorites on the Tennessee side. 

Cades Cove Loop Road

Cades Cove is one of the most popular areas in the Smoky Mountains. Here you can find mountains, lush fields, and views out of a storybook. The Cades Cove Loop Road is an 11 mile one-way loop that stops at major landmarks along the way. This trip can take between two-four hours depending on how long you stop to take the breathtaking views. Stop on the Cades Cove Loop Road includes numerous log cabins, a working gristmill, three churches, and a cantilever barn. There is also a visitor center guests can check out to learn more and pick up some souvenirs to take home. 

Rich Mountain Road

Very similar to Cades Cove Loop, Rich Mountain Road is another peaceful scenic drive to take through the Great Smoky Mountains. This is an 8 mile, one-way gravel road that starts at the halfway point of the Cades Cove Loop. This road heads north from Cades Cove to Townsend, TN. It’s one of the best routes to take if you’d like to avoid the crowds and still drive past some spectacular scenery. Please be aware that this road is winding and steep and consists of gravel, so a 4-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended.

Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

This is one of our favorite scenic drives that goes through Gatlinburg. Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is the most common and convenient sightseeing trip for vacationers staying near the Strip. This trail is only 5.5 miles, making it the perfect trip for a quick outing to see the Smokies. On this route, visitors will be able to see mountain views, historic buildings, fantastic foliage in the fall, and a wet-weather waterfall. 

Where to Stay When Visiting

At Mountain Air Cabin rentals we provide our guests with a variety of different cabins to accommodate everyone’s needs. After a beautiful, scenic drive through the Smokies head back to your cabin to relax!