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UTV Trails in Gatlinburg Check Out these routes

From the beautiful scenery to the local wildlife, fresh air to the thrill that only an UTV can provide, you’ll experience it all in the Great Smoky Mountains! Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville offer a variety of UTV trails and routes that are perfect for any group.

These self guided excursions take you through the backcountry of the most visited National Park from USA giving you unforgettable moments. You’ll be able to see the sights and sounds of the Smokies like never before on the designated Smoky Mountain UTV trails!

*Please keep in mind, our UTVs are street legal and are NOT for off-roading experiences*

Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

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. Please note that the road is closed in winter, and you must have a National Park passport to drive the road.

Estimate time needed

1-2 hours

Newfound Gap and Clingmans Dome

Starting from Gatlinburg, Tennessee, travelers climb approximately 3,000 feet, ascending through cove hardwood, pine-oak, and northern hardwood forest to attain the evergreen spruce-fir forest at Newfound Gap (5,046′), the lowest drivable pass in the National Park. Driving beyond Newfound Gap, the road winds upward another 6 miles to reach the tower atop Clingmans Dome (6,643′).

Clingman’s Dome is the highest point in Tennessee at 6,643 feet above sea level, travel along the 7-mile stretch leads to the summit’s observation tower. Some people also access the Appalachian Trail from Clingmans Dome and hike to Mount LeConte, the third highest peak in the Smokies.


Townsend is known best for its pristine mountain views, along with festivals throughout the year. Townsend is one of the smallest of the Smoky Mountain towns – a  tiny outpost with about 500 residents. It is frequently referred to as “The Quiet Side of the Smokies.”

Visitors often use Townsend as a home base for hiking expeditions, making the town a popular spot for adventure seekers and lovers of the outdoors. Fly fishing, golf, bike riding, hiking – there is so much to do.

Whether you’re visiting in the winter, summer, fall or spring, Townsend always offers beautiful views and fun things to do. Summer and spring offer the perfect hiking weather, beautiful wildflowers, and fun festivals. Fall gives a display of beautiful, colorful trees while winter offers holiday magic and the chance to see snow on a mountain top. Any time of the year, it’s a great place to visit.

Estimate time needed

3-4 hours

Foothills parkway

As of 2018, the scenic Foothills Parkway comprised 33 miles connecting U.S. 129 and U.S. 321. With minimal traffic compared to other Smoky Mountain highways, the parkway offers “an easy, scenic connection for tourists between the Tail of the Dragon and Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg.” It is also part of what we call the Great Smoky Mountain Loop, a 141/153 mile, all day tour that takes visitors to some of the best spots the mountains have to offer. 

Portions pass through parts of Blount, Sevier, and Cocke counties. Large sections cross a series of high ridges running roughly parallel to the Tennessee boundary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and offer unobstructed views of the Great Smokies to the south and the Tennessee Valley to the north.

Estimate time needed

3-4 hours

Cades Cove

Cades Cove is a broad, verdant valley surrounded by mountains and is one of the most popular destinations in the Great Smokies. All year long, visitors come to Cades Cove to enjoy its majestic scenery, historic buildings, abundant wildlife, and the many recreational activities available.

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.

An 11-mile, one-way loop road circles the cove, offering motorists the opportunity to sightsee at a leisurely pace. 

Estimate time needed

4-5 hours