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The Ultimate Guide to Outdoor Recreation in the Knoxville Region

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Parks, Trails, & Greenways to enjoy year-round! Easily find something fun to do near YOU!

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SOMETIMES DISCOVERY STARTS WITH A PATH. Right outside of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is your own o u t d o o r a m u s e m e n t p a r k . We o ffe r m i l e s o f g re e nw a y s p a c e s t o unwind and enjoy everything the outdoors has to offer. From stream side trails, wilddower elds, forests, waterways and open spaces; all loc located within just a few minutes of quaint neighborhoods and downtown. Walk , run or c ycle, the options are endless in the Peaceful Side of the Smokies. You’ll discover that you’re going to need a longer stay.

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BAKER CREEK TRAILS GET OUT AND PLAY! ART DIRECTOR: Tricia Bateman WRITER: Elle Colquitt COPY EDITOR: Coury Turczyn MAP CREATION: Alex Zendel,

Knoxville-Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission GREENWAYS DATA: Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization, Great Smoky Mountains Regional Greenways Council SALES DIRECTOR: Charles Vogel SALES EXECUTIVES: Scott Hamstead, Michael Tremoulis Get Out and Play! is an annual publication of the Legacy Parks Foundation, produced by the Knoxville Mercury For sponsorship or advertising queries, please contact: Charles Vogel, Knoxville Mercury, 618 S. Gay St., Suite L2, Knoxville, TN 37902, 865-313-2048, sales@knoxmercury.com More Info: legacyparks.org, knoxmercury.com © 2017 Legacy Parks Foundation & Knoxville Mercury

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Contents 3 Welcome from Legacy Parks Foundation 5 Welcome from the Knoxville Mercury 6 Knox County Map 8 West Nearly 300 acres of activities along the Tennessee River between Sequoyah and Lakeshore parks. 16 East The county’s highest point at House Mountain and the state’s only designated birding park. 22 Central and Downtown Volunteer Landing, World’s Fair Park, the University of Tennessee, and more. 28 Urban Wilderness Over 40 miles of multi-use trails, 10 parks, four Civil War sites, and incredible views. 30 South Ijams Nature Center, Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area, and the new Baker Creek Preserve. 36 North Two dog parks, over 12 miles of paved greenways, and four parks with natural, multi-use trail systems. 46 Regional Parks From the greenbelt trails in Maryville to the UT Arboretum in Oak Ridge, and the GSMNP. 52 Anderson County Anderson County features over 300 miles of trail, more than 800 miles of shoreline. 56 Alcoa and Maryville South of Knoxville, Blount County offers nearly 20 miles of greenway and 19 parks to enjoy. 58 Outdoor Gear Guide 61 Summer Camps Guide 62 Resources Park departments and activity clubs. 64 Park Etiquette Park etiquette, trail rules, and maps legend. Get Out and Play! 1


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THE OUTDOOR KNOXVILLE ADVENTURE CENTER

Get Out and Play! Everyone loves to play. From 8 years old to 80, playing keeps us all happy and healthy. We have an abundance of great places to play in Knoxville, Knox County, and beyond—and the potential for many more. Legacy Parks Foundation works to expand our parks, connect our trails, and preserve our incredible natural resources. We’re bringing you this guide to make it easy for you to Get Out and Play—in your neighborhood and your community.

900 VOLUNTEER LANDING LANE Located on the Tennessee River and the Neyland Greenway, the Outdoor Adventure Center is home to Legacy Parks Foundation, Billy Lush Board Shop, and Visit Knoxville’s Visitor Outpost. Adventurers of all levels can rent paddle boards, bikes, and kayaks at the Adventure Center, join in group outings and events, and get information about all of the outdoor opportunities in the region. BILLY LUSH BOARD SHOP, 865-332-LUSH (5874) LEGACY PARKS FOUNDATION, 865-525-2585

There are 120 parks, over 150 miles of trails and greenways, and many places to get in our rivers and streams practically in your own backyard. Learning where to play—or deciding to play more—is a great step to good health and fun times with friends and family. Studies show that besides the fun, walking and exercise controls weight, combats health conditions and diseases, improves mood, boosts energy, and promotes better sleep. That can be you! We hope you will explore this free, comprehensive guide on how and where to Get Out and Play, brought to you by Legacy Parks and the Knoxville Mercury, with a special thanks to Knoxville-Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission. You can learn more about everything outdoors in our region at outdoorknoxville.com, plus download additional copies of this guide and individual maps. Enjoy!

You can help make sure Legacy Parks continues to create recreational opportunities in all areas of our community by becoming a Friend of Legacy Parks. All contributions are welcome and will benefit you, your health, and your community! Join now at legacyparks.org/support.

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Let Us Be Your Guide The Knoxville Mercury is all about discovering Knoxville and the nearby region— its culture, history, issues, and personalities. And with Get Out and Play, we and the Legacy Parks Foundation invite you to (re)discover the recreational wonders that

Learn more about our mission and where to get your copy of the Knoxville Mercury at: knoxmercury.com.

abound in our area. Our mission is to connect our readers with new, useful, or unexpected information about the place they live in—and this publication in your hands is a perfect example. Get Out and Play is the very first all-encompassing guidebook to the many parks, trails, greenways, and blueways available to Knoxvillians, Maryvillians, Oak Ridgers, and more. We live in a unique part of the country—and this is the guide that will show you how to enjoy it! Likewise, the Knoxville Mercury strives to be an information resource unlike any other available, providing a unique perspective on life in the Knoxville area. We give our readers a weekly exploration into the local issues that matter most, with in-depth reporting that aims for context and analysis rather than just surface details and clickbait headlines. We’re here to create an ongoing dialogue about Knoxville’s past, present, and future— to serve as an effective conduit for community progress. (And we offer the most comprehensive arts and entertainment calendar of events in town, to boot.) If you haven’t picked up a Knoxville Mercury yet, please check us out and join our readership of passionate, intelligent, community-minded citizens. —Coury Turczyn, editor, Knoxville Mercury For more info, please visit OutdoorKnoxville.com.

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Nearly 20 miles of paved greenways stretch from Bearden to West Hills and on toward Walker Springs in West Knoxville. Along with several community parks, nearly 300 acres between Sequoyah and Lakeshore parks attract young and old for a variety of outdoor activities along the Tennessee River.

ANCHOR PARK

9950 S. Northshore Dr. • 23 acres Natural Trail: 0.4 miles one-way Difficulty: easy Connects: Carl Cowan Park

11730 Turkey Creek Rd. • 15 acres Paved Trail: 0.8-mile loop Connects: Turkey Creek Greenway

Admiral Farragut Park features a nine-hole mix of wooded and open fairways for the disc golfer, nature trails for the hiker/runner, and plenty of shoreline for the angler. Nestled on the banks of the Tennessee River, the park renders water access for both paddling and fishing. Following the shoreline is a half-mile nature trail that winds through the forest to connect with Carl Cowan Park.

10909 S. Northshore Dr. Paved Trail: 0.25 miles Natural Trail: 9.4 miles Difficulty: moderate

On the shores of Little Turkey Creek, Anchor Park features two fishing piers and a small pond stocked with a variety of fish species. The paved walking trail winds along the park perimeter, offering exercise stations along the way. The park parallels the Turkey Creek Greenway, which winds alongside several connecting subdivisions offering several miles for walking and running.

10058 Northshore Dr. • 30 acres Paved Trail: 0.3-mile loop Natural Trail: 0.4 miles one-way Connects: Carl Cowen Park to Admiral Farragut Park Difficulty: easy

Here you’ll enjoy in-line-hockey, the skatepark, soccer fields and a paved walking trail. Directly across the street hosts the junior golf course, tennis courts, multi-use trails, dog park, and the marina. Heading south, the next entrance on the left, provides a boat ramp and a shoreline spur trail that wanders over to a prime spot for fishing and enjoying a picnic.

Skirting three sides of the park, the Tennessee River provides paddling and fishing opportunities. Anglers can catch their limit from the fishing pier or along the banks. On the land side, there are sport fields, playgrounds, and both paved and natural surface trails. From the north side of the park, the nature trail winds through the forest, fringing the shoreline as it makes its way over to Admiral Farragut Park.

CONCORD PARK WEST 11719 S. Northshore Dr.

Continuing south on Northshore Drive is the entrance to the sporting fields for baseball and softball plus the entry for a boat launch.

Features: waterway access, fishing, paddling, greenway, trail, tennis, basketball, soccer, playgrounds, splash pad, picnic areas, shelter, restrooms, accessible playground

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FOUNDERS PARK

As you continue south on Northshore Drive, you’ll pass by several public fishing areas before reaching The Cove. This section of the park is where you can max out on Fort Loudoun Lake with paddling, fishing, and a swimming beach. On land there is a playground, volleyball and shoreline walks! The new 0.9-mile paved linear greenway runs from the Cove to the new multi-use trails adjacent to the roundabout at Northshore and Concord Road. During the warm months, the River Sports

405 Campbell Station Rd. • 17 acres Paved Trail: 0.7-mile loop Natural Trail: 5 - 0.25 mile sections Connects: Grigsby Chapel Greenway

Situated beside the Farragut branch library, Founders Park contributes a beautiful walking trail and an outdoor classroom in a tranquil setting for residents and visitors to enjoy. The paved greenway winds alongside North Turkey Creek with lights along the east side. A whimsical collection of bronze sculptures adorns the park.

Features: greenway, picnic area, shelter, restrooms

GUINN ROAD PARK

There are two sections to Hickory Creek Park. The soccer fields will be the first entrance you’ll encounter, then just a short distance further down the road you’ll find the entrance to the cove. This quiet little inlet provides river access for paddlers and anglers.

4115 Guinn Rd. • 13 acres

Paddle, fish, and enjoy a quiet picnic under the shade of the pavilion that rests on the scenic shoreline of the Clinch River.

Features: waterway access, fishing, paddling, picnic area, shelter

HARRELL ROAD STORMWATER PARK

Features: waterway access, fishing, paddling, picnic area, shelter

7221 Harrell Rd. • 11 acres

Located in the Karns community, this nature park is a model for stormwater management practices such as rain gardens, wetland ponds, and riparian buffers.

JOHN TARLETON PARK

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Features: soccer, playground, restrooms

3201 Division St. • 20 acres

Located behind the Young Williams Animal Center, John Tarleton Park provides fields for youth football and men’s flag football along with concessions and restrooms.

Features: trail, pond, wildlife viewing 2120 Everett Rd. • 6 acres

CONCORD PARK 500 acres Concord Park East • 10909 S. Northshore Dr. Petsafe Dog Park • 10909 S. Northshore Dr. Concord Park West • 11719 S. Northshore Dr. The Cove at Concord • 11808 S. Northshore Dr.

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LAKESHORE PARK

Park: 6410 S. Northshore Dr. • 185 acres Greenway: 5908 Lyons View Pike Paved Trail: 2.25-mile loop The rolling landscape and large open spaces make Lakeshore Park a haven for recreational activities. In addition to eight sport fields, two playgrounds and plenty of open areas for picnics, the Lakeshore Greenway circles the park with a stretch that parallels the Tennessee River. The rolling terrain presents several challenging hills, either direction, to test your endurance level. From the highest point in the park, there are stunning views overlooking the Tennessee River and the distant rise of the Smoky Mountains.

Features: greenway, playground, sport fields, picnic tables, restrooms, accessible

MAYOR BOB LEONARD PARK 301 Watt Rd. • 50 acres Paved Trail: 2.0-mile loops

This mega sports complex supports both athletic and recreational activities. Mayor Bob Leonard Park hosts 10 playing fields, all but one having lights, along with concessions and restrooms. The sand volleyball court is lighted and the lighted playground will keep kids happy during evening games. The most unique feature of the park lies in its heart—a beautiful wetlands area with a lighted trail, boardwalk, and observation deck. Both the greenway and the playground are ADA accessible.

Features: greenway, baseball, soccer, basketball, playground, volleyball, picnic area, shelter, restrooms, accessible

MCFEE PARK

917 McFee Rd. • 51 acres Paved Trails: 1.2 miles Connects: McFee Greenway

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lighting, bioswales, rain gardens, and natural lighting in the restrooms. Along with these environmentally healthy elements, the park promotes recreational benefits—lighted walking trails, two lighted fields, a fun splashpad, and playground area that is ADA accessible.

Features: greenway, soccer, splashpad, playground, picnic areas, shelter, restrooms, accessible

MELTON HILL PARK

3230 Williams Bend Rd. • 112 acres Paved Trail: 0.5-mile loop Natural Trail: 3+ miles Difficulty: easy

Bordered by the Clinch River, Melton Hill Park offers water access with two boat ramps, a fishing pier, as well as a sandy beach and swim area. Miles of trails weave through the park. You can walk, run or bike along the paved greenway or enjoy the natural surface trails that wind through the woods and meadows.

Features: waterway access, fishing, paddling, swimming, greenway, bicycling, trail, mountain biking, volleyball, playground, picnic areas, shelter, wildflowers, wildlife viewing

NICHOLAS BALL PARK

8728 Ball Camp Pike • 34 acres Paved Trails: 0.8 miles - loops

There are two tennis and basketball courts, two soccer fields, and four youth softball fields. There are two paved greenways to enjoy—a half-mile loop that circles the soccer fields and a 0.3-mile hike along the hillside adjacent to the parking area.

Features: greenway, basketball, tennis, baseball, soccer, playground, picnic area, shelter, restrooms

SEQUOYAH PARK

1400 Cherokee Blvd. • 87 acres Crushed Gravel Trail: 2.6 miles one-way Nature Trail: 1.3 miles one-way Connects: Sequoyah Park, Third Creek Greenway

Bicyclists, runners and walkers enjoy the charm of this scenic tree-lined boulevard with its rolling hills and quaint older homes. Divided into three sections, each with its own parking, Sequoyah Park features three sport fields, a playground and exercise yard, and two waterway accesses to the Tennessee River. In addition to the Sequoyah Greenway that runs along the boulevard median, the park features wide open meadows with a natural trail that winds along the banks of the river.

Features: waterway access, fishing, paddling, greenway, bicycling, trail, baseball, playground, restrooms, wildflowers

TALAHI PARK

1034 Cherokee Blvd. • 1 acre

Just west of the Sequoyah Greenway and adjacent to Sequoyah Park sits a unique, passive park wrapped in a wrought-iron fence with stone entryways. Inside is a walking path, stone shelter and benches. Outside is a decorative concrete fountain with seating.

Features: picnic area, shelter

WALKER SPRINGS PARK 700 Kidder Lane• 20 acres Paved Trail: 1.0 mile Natural Trail: 0.1 mile one-way Connects: Ten Mile Greenway

From the park’s main walking loop, a 0.3-mile paved trail leads to the start of the Ten Mile Creek Greenway, which stretches east to Gallaher View Road and west to Bridgewater Road. There is also a short nature trail that meanders through the woods ending at the Ten Mile Creek.

Features: greenway, bicycling, trail, playground, picnic areas, shelter, restrooms

WEST HILLS JOHN BYNON PARK 7624 Sheffield Dr. • 14 acres Connects: Jean Teague Greenway

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west Elementary School to the YMCA, West Hills John Bynon Park provides a vast open space and numerous sport fields. The Jean Teague Greenway bisects the park providing a wonderful recreational trail for a variety of users.

Features: greenway, bicycling, skateboarding, baseball, soccer, tennis, basketball, playground, picnic areas, shelter, restrooms

WESTVIEW PARK

2950 Keith Ave. • 3 acres Paved Trail: 0.26-mile loop

This lovely neighborhood park was designed for the community to enjoy the beautiful green space with a playground and picnic shelter. The paved greenway makes a series of loops throughout the park.

Features: greenway, playground, picnic area, shelter

WESTWOOD PARK

Greenbriar Dr. or Bearden Elementary School • 1 acre

Situated behind Bearden Elementary School, Westwood Park is designed as a neighborhood pocket park, so most patrons will find it easier to walk or ride a bike to the park. Drivers can access the park easier from the school, but parking here is confined to after school hours and weekends.

Features: greenway, playground, picnic area, shelter

WHITLOW-LOGAN PARK 1034 Cherokee Blvd. • 2 acres

Nestled in the Sequoyah Hills neighborhood, this passive park features tennis and basketball courts, grassy open space under tall hardwood trees, and a playground for the residents. There are sidewalks and quiet roadways around the park.

Features: tennis, basketball, playground

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PETSAFE DOG PARKS CONCORD PETSAFE DOG PARK 10909 S. Northshore Dr.

Dogs and their owners will love the water fountains for pets (and ones for their owners), a dock with access to the river, and even a dog shower. The dog park is located behind the tennis courts by the Concord Mountain Bike Trails.

PETSAFE VILLAGE DOG PARK 10424 PetSafe Way

Knoxville’s first public dog park, this 1-acre facility is an on-leash park but offers off-leash hours only in the evenings when the park is staffed. Features include a natural pond, a full set of agility equipment, walking trails, doggy water fountain, plus picnic tables and benches.

GREENWAYS AND TRAILS ADMIRAL FARRAGUT TRAIL 9950 S. Northshore Dr. Natural Trail: 0.4 miles one-way Connects: Carl Cowen Park Difficulty: easy

Winding along the shoreline of the Tennessee River between Admiral Farragut Park and Carl Cowan Park, there is a woodsy little trail that is delightful to hike. In addition to providing picturesque views of the Tennessee River, there are several access points to the water’s edge. The trailhead can be accessed from the parking lots at either park.

ANCHOR PARK GREENWAY 11730 Turkey Creek Rd. • 15 acres Paved Trail: 0.8-mile loop Connects: Turkey Creek Greenway 12 Get Out and Play!

THIRD CREEK GREENWAY The paved walking trail winds along the park perimeter, offering exercise stations along the way. The park parallels the Turkey Creek Greenway, which winds alongside several connecting subdivisions offering several miles for walking and running.

BEARDEN VILLAGE GREENWAY 3100 Sutherland Ave. Paved Trail: 2.1 miles linear

The Bearden Village Greenway is a westward expansion of the Third Creek Greenway, designed to connect the neighborhoods to West High School, the Bearden Adaptive Center, and Bearden Elementary School along Sutherland Avenue.

CARL COWEN GREENWAY AND TRAIL 10058 Northshore Dr. Paved Trail: 0.3-mile loop Natural Trail: 0.4 miles one-way Connects: Admiral Farragut Park Difficulty: easy

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loops that wind through Carl Cowan Park. From the north side of the park, the nature trail winds along the shoreline of the Tennessee River between Admiral Farragut Park and Carl Cowan Park. This woodsy little trail that is delightful to hike. In addition to providing picturesque views of the Tennessee River, there are several access points to the water’s edge. The trailhead can be accessed from the parking lots at either park.

CAVET STATION GREENWAY

305 Broome Rd. 1066 and 324 N. Gallaher View Rd. Paved Trail: 1 mile linear Connects: Jean Teague Greenway, Ten Mile Creek Greenway, Walker Springs Park, West Hills Park

The Cavet Station Greenway begins at the intersection of Gallaher View Road and East Walker Springs Road. Heading north, the greenway winds over to the Mars Hill Road and Walker Springs Road intersection and then continues along

on the east side of Mars Hill Road to Middlebrook Pike. At the intersection of Broom Road and Gallaher View Road, Cavet Station Greenway connects directly west to Ten Mile Creek Greenway and Knox County’s Walker Springs Park. Cavet Station Greenway also connects east to the Jean Teague Greenway.

CONCORD PARK EAST 10909 Northshore Dr. Paved Trail: 0.25-mile loop

The paved Parkey Strader Loop circles the soccer field and offers a lakeside bench at its midway.

Natural Trail: 9.4 miles Difficulty: moderate

There are 11.2 miles of singletrack trails for hikers, mountain bikers and trail runners. Trails are divided into 2 sections. The main trail section features 9.4 miles of rolling and twisting singletrack. There are 7.3 miles on the east side of the parking area with an additional 2.1 For more info, please visit OutdoorKnoxville.com.


miles of trail across the drive on the west side of the parking area.

THE COVE AT CONCORD 11808 S. Northshore Dr. Paved Trail: 0.75-mile loop Paved Trail: 0.9-mile linear

The Cove offers a series of loops that wind their way around the park, alongside the swimming beach and around a quiet woodsy section. Also at the Cove, there is a new 0.9-mile paved greenway that connects trail users to the new trails adjacent to the roundabout at Northshore and Concord Road.

FOUNDERS PARK GREENWAY

405 Campbell Station Rd. Paved Trail: 0.7-mile loop Natural Trail: Five 0.25 mile sections Connects: Grigsby Chapel Greenway The greenway makes a series of scenic loops through the

Founders Park, winding alongside North Turkey Creek. Most of the trails are lighted. For those who want to extend the route, there are sidewalk connections that wind over to the Farragut Primary School where you can connect with the Grigsby Chapel Greenway.

GRIGSBY CHAPEL GREENWAY 11700 Campbell Lakes Dr., Farragut Paved Trail: 2.4 miles linear

The Grigsby Chapel Greenway is a wonderful connector for many neighborhood residents. Running east to west, it makes a connection to the southbound Founders Park Greenway. There is an additional 1/4-mile segment located behind the

west Farragut Primary School, which connects the trail at St. Mary’s Health System. Parking is available at the Town’s commuter lot or at Farragut Primary School during non-school hours.

JEAN TEAGUE GREENWAY

421 N. Winston Rd. 421 N. Vanosdale Rd. 7624 Sheffield Dr. Paved Trail: 2.3 miles linear Connects: Ten Mile Creek Greenway, Cavet Station Greenway, West Hills Park From its start at West Hills Elementary School, the Jean Teague Greenway winds

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West through the West Hills John Bynon Park before crossing Winston Road, where it continues its trek over to Gallaher View Road. From here the greenway forks; northbound connects with the Cavet Station Greenway while westbound links with the Ten Mile Creek Greenway.

LAKESHORE GREENWAY 5908 Lyons View Pike Paved Trail: 2.25-mile loop

The Lakeshore Greenway circles Lakeshore Park where the rolling terrain presents several challenging hills, either direction, to test your endurance level. From the trailhead, the highest point in the park, there are stunning views overlooking the Tennessee River and the distant rise of the Smoky Mountains.

LIBERTY STREET GREENWAY

3201 Division St. Paved Trail: 0.4 mile linear Connects: Middlebrook Greenway, John Tarleton Park From Middlebrook Greenway, the Liberty Street Greenway parallels the east side of Liberty Street, providing a connector to the Juvenile Justice Center, John Tarleton Park, and the Young Williams Animal Center.

MAYOR BOB LEONARD PARK 301 Watt Rd. Paved Trail: 2.0-mile loops

There are four paved greenway trails that loop sections of the park, depending on where and how far you’d like to walk or run. The most unique feature of the park lies in its heart—the park centers around a beautiful wetlands area with a lighted trail, boardwalk and observation deck. The lighted paved wetlands walk trail offer a 0.9-mile loop ADA accessible, 14 Get Out and Play!

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MCFEE ROAD GREENWAY 917 McFee Rd. Paved Trail: 1.5 mile linear Connects: McFee Park

In the Town of Farragut, this 1.5-mile stretch of paved greenway parallels McFee Road. The greenway provides a safe route for residents of Bridgemore, McFee Manor, and the Cottages at Pryse Farm subdivisions to walk, bike, or run over to McFee Park.

MELTON HILL PARK GREENWAY AND TRAILS 3230 Williams Bend Rd. Paved Trail: 0.5-mile loop

You can walk, run or bike along the paved greenway or enjoy the natural surface trails that wind through the woods and meadows. There are plenty of scenic river view spots for enjoying a picnic.

Natural Trail: 3+ miles Difficulty: easy

There are several loops along natural surface trails within the park. The wooded trail winds through the forest, skirting the

shoreline with occasional spurs that take you waterfront. As the trail departs the woods it merges into a mowed path that meanders through a beautiful waist-high grassy meadow. There are several loops to the meadow trails, some winding down to the Clinch River. Birdwatchers will enjoy the open meadow trails which provide a perfect habitat for a variety of species.

MIDDLEBROOK GREENWAY

Shopping center at Middlebrook Pike and Loraine St. Paved Trail: 0.8 mile linear Connects: Liberty Street Greenway

Middlebrook Greenway provides a safe commuter and recreational trail as it runs along the north side of Middlebrook Pike from Proctor to Liberty Street. Middlebrook Greenway terminates at Liberty Street, where you can pick up the Liberty Street Greenway that parallels the east side of Liberty Street, and continue over towards the Juvenile Justice Center, John Tarleton Park, and the Young Williams

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NICHOLAS BALL PARK GREENWAY

8728 Ball Camp Pike Paved Trails: 0.8 mile - loops

Nicholas Ball Park features two paved greenways for walkers, runners, and families to enjoy. Starting from the playground, the half-mile loop crosses over a small creek and then loops around the soccer fields. For a bit more seclusion, stroll along the nature trail that winds up the hillside adjacent to the parking area.

PAPERMILL BLUFF GREENWAY 1315 Kirby Rd. Paved Trail: 0.9 mile linear Connection: Weisgarber Greenway

The Papermill Bluff Greenway begins at the Red Roof Inn on Kirby Road and ends at Weisgarber Greenway on Weisgarber Road, near the Church of the Savior. From the rolling hillside that parallels the interstate, there are several spots that present vistas of the Bearden Hill district with views of the distant peaks of the Great Smoky Mountains. For more info, please visit OutdoorKnoxville.com.


PARKSIDE GREENWAY 11501 Parkside Dr. Paved Trail: 2 miles linear

The Parkside Greenway runs parallel to I-40 from Lovell Road to the sidewalk on the northwest portion of Parkside Drive. This is a shared cooperative with the Town of Farragut and Knox County Parks and Recreation. Parking is available at designated spaces at Gander Mountain on Parkside Drive.

PELLISSIPPI GREENWAY 10915 Hardin Valley Rd. Paved Trail: 1 mile linear

The Pellissippi Greenway runs for one mile from Pellissippi State Community College to Carmichael Road, paralleling Pellissippi Parkway to the west.

SEQUOYAH GREENWAY AND TRAIL

1400 Cherokee Blvd. Crushed Gravel Trail: 2.6 miles one-way Nature Trail: 1.3 miles one-way Connections: Sequoyah Park, Third Creek Greenway

“The Boulevard,” as it’s known to locals, is a favorite of walkers, runners, and road cyclists. The crushed stone path that winds along the median is perfect for walkers and runners, while cyclists ride the paved boulevard. At the eastern end of the greenway, just across Kingston Pike on the west side of the church parking lot, is the connector trail down to the Third Creek Greenway. In addition to the Sequoyah Greenway that runs along the boulevard median, the park features wide open meadows with a natural trail that winds along the banks of the river.

TEN MILE CREEK GREENWAY 200 N Peters Rd. Paved Trail: 0.6 mile linear Connections: Walker Springs Park, Cavet Station Greenway

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Greenway runs parallel to Ten Mile Creek. The greenway passes by Walker Spring Park, which offers a 0.3-mile connector trail to the greenway. Heading east winds over to Gallaher View Road to connect with the Cavet Station Greenway that runs north to Middlebrook. Westbound, it winds through the woods, crossing Bridgewater Road under I-40, before terminating at the eastern end of the Carmike Wynnsong Theater.

I-40, skirting the scenic Turkey Creek Wetland, the largest wetland area in Knox County. Beginning at Lovell Road, the greenway runs behind the Turkey Creek Shopping Center, connecting to the road’s sidewalk system and offering several connections to access the stores and restaurants along the way. It connects with the Parkside Greenway in the Town of Farragut.

THIRD CREEK GREENWAY

Turkey Creek Rd., Farragut Paved Trail: 1.9 miles linear Connects: Anchor Park

3507 Kingston Pike 2321 Kingston Pike 3110 Sutherland Ave. 104 N. Forest Park Blvd. Paved Trail: 4.5 miles linear Connections: Tyson Park, Knoxville Skatepark, Neyland Greenway, Sequoyah Greenway, Bearden Village Greenway

Third Creek Greenway begins in Bearden on Forest Park Boulevard, where it winds southeast along the shoreline of Third Creek before connecting to the 3-mile Neyland Greenway. The mid-portion of the Third Creek Greenway bisects Tyson Park, where there are plenty of recreational activities to enjoy. Look for signage along Third Creek Greenway that will take you to the Sequoyah Greenway connection. Third Creek Greenway, which connects to Neyland and Bearden Greenways, is a popular place to run, walk, bike or pass through the park. Civil War enthusiasts can look for the earthen fort redan discovered recently by a local archaeologist. The radan is located near the railroad bridge off the Sutherland Ave entrance.

TURKEY CREEK GREENWAY – KNOXVILLE 331 Lovell Rd. 11529 Parkside Dr. Paved Trail: 2 miles linear Connection: Parkside Greenway

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TURKEY CREEK GREENWAY – FARRAGUT The tree-lined asphalt greenway parallels Turkey Creek Rd and connects neighboring subdivisions with Anchor Park. Parking is available at Anchor Park.

WALKER SPRINGS PARK GREENWAY 700 Kidder Lane Paved Trail: 0.3 mile

From the park’s walking loop, a 0.3-mile paved trail leads to the start of the Ten Mile Creek Greenway, which stretches east to Gallaher View Road and west to Bridgewater Road. There is also a short nature trail that meanders through the woods ending at the Ten Mile Creek.

WEISGARBER GREENWAY

1000, 700 & 1237 Weisgarber Rd. Paved Trail: 1 mile linear Connects: Papermill Bluff Greenway

The Weisgarber Greenway starts under I-40, parallels Weisgarber Road, and terminates at the Middlebrook Pike sidewalk system. The Papermill Bluff Greenway connects to Weisgarber Greenway near I-40 at the Church of the Savior.

WEST VIEW GREENWAY 2950 Keith Ave. Paved Trail: 0.26-mile loop

West View Greenway makes a series of loops around the scenic grounds of West View Park.

GET OUT AND SMELL THE WILDFLOWERS! The wildflower show starts in early March and continues through early November. Almost every quiet walkway and hiking trail you wander down will reward you with something beautiful in bloom. In March and April, spring flowers carpet the forest floor at William Hastie Natural Area in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness. The River Bluff Small Wild Area in Norris is a great trail for observing a large variety of wildflowers in a small area including several rare species. Here you will find rich pockets of wildflowers scattered over the hillside. From March to October, the diversity of the wildflowers in the Great Smoky Mountains is amazing. The national park is home to approximately 1,500 kinds of different flowering plants, including over 300 rare plants. Mid July to August, fields of towering yellow sunflowers attract visitors from all over to Forks of the River WMA in the Urban Wilderness and to Seven Islands State Birding Park. Get Out and Play! 15


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With the county’s highest point at House Mountain State Natural Area, the Tennessee River’s origin at the confluence of the French Broad and Holston rivers, and the state’s only designated birding park, East Knox County offers a variety of activities and recreational areas.

PARKS CARTER PARK

9030 Asheville Highway • 30 acres Paved Trail: 0.3-mile loop

Carter Park features three baseball and two softball fields in addition to a soccer field. During game times, the two concession stands and restrooms are available. Kids will venture over to the in-line hockey park and playground areas. The walking trail links to the picnic and playground area where tables and shelter are available for gatherings.

Features: greenway, baseball, soccer, basketball, bicycling, playground, picnic area, shelter, restrooms

CORRYTON PARK

7737 Corryton Rd. • 6 acres Paved Trail: 0.2-mile loop

A quiet walking trail circles the park, playground, and picnic areas with a spur connector over to the senior center. Concessions and restrooms are available during games. This is a great start location for cyclists to wander around the scenic back roads—heading east takes you over to House Mountain and to the north toward Joppa Mountain.

Features: greenway, bicycling, basketball, tennis, playground, picnic areas, shelter, restrooms

GIBBS RURITAN PARK

7827 Tazewell Pike • 30 acres

Pick your sport! At Gibbs Ruritan Park there are five baseball, two softball, and one football field in addition to four tennis courts. The kids can choose which of the two playgrounds gets their full attention.

east in the fenced-in large or small dog sections in the PetSafe Dog Park.

Features: tennis courts, baseball, football, playgrounds, picnic area, shelter, restrooms

Features: waterway access, fishing, paddling, greenway, trails, dog park, bicycling, skateboarding, soccer, playground, picnic areas, shelters

HOLSTON RIVER PARK

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3300 Holston Hills Rd. • 44 acres Paved Trail: 2-mile loop Natural Trail: 1-mile loop

Holston River Park, nestled along the banks of the Holston River, provides a multi-recreational play area, ranging from two fishing piers and a canoe launch to soccer fields, playgrounds, and trails. The Holston River Greenway circles the park providing a paved path for walkers, runners and bicyclists, while the perimeter trail winds through the forest on natural surface terrain. Let your canine friends romp unleashed

1029 Sanland Ave. • 1 acre

Kids and families can walk or ride their bikes to enjoy this pocket neighborhood park. James Smith Park features a covered picnic area, a playground and plenty of open space for lawn activities.

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MASCOT PARK

1909 Number Two Dr. • 3 acres Paved Trail: 0.25-mile loop

Tucked behind Mascot’s library and post office, Mascot Park provides the community with a basketball court, playground,

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SPRING PLACE PARK

5201 Parker Dr. • 6 acres Paved Trail: 0.25-mile loop

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NATURAL TRAIL: 5.8 miles DIFFICULTY: moderate to strenuous The trails at House Mountain wind up to Knox County’s highest point! Only 30 minutes from downtown Knoxville, the overlook from the 2,100-foot crest offer exceptional views of the parallel ranges of mountain ranges some 30 miles away. The trails can be steep as they wind through heavily wooded terrain dotted with impressive rock outcrops. On the summit, the Crest Trail stretches the length of the mountain from the West End Overlook to the East Overlook. The West End Overlook presents views of the Cumberland Mountains to the north, the Smoky Mountains to the south, and a glimpse of downtown Knoxville on the horizon. The views from the East End Overlook feature the Clinch Mountain range, which runs northeast all the way into Southwest Virginia.

Skyline Park offers bike polo and basketball courts, a baseball field, plus plenty of open space for soccer or touch football. The

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where you’ll find a shelter and natural spring. The paved loop winds around the park and is perfect for walking the dog, pushing a stroller, or teaching the kids how to ride a bike.

Features: greenway, playground, picnic areas, shelter

THOMAS “TANK” STRICKLAND PARK 4618 Asheville Highway • 1 acre Paved Trail: 0.1-mile loop

The scenic walking trail that loops Thomas “Tank” Strickland Park crosses a small creek and passes by two overlook points. Showcasing several innovative amenities, the park features an amphitheater with grass seating and a shade arbor, and the county’s first bocce ball court. To play the game, check out a bocce ball set from the Burlington Branch Library next door.

Features: greenway, skateboarding, playground, picnic areas, bocce ball, amphitheater

PETSAFE DOG PARK HOLSTON RIVER PETSAFE DOG PARK 3300 Holston Hills Rd.

This beautiful 1-acre dog park at Holston River Park provides owners with the option of releasing their dogs within either a fenced-in large or small dog section. There is a human water fountain with a dog-level water bowl and spout, benches, and dog waste stations for your convenience.

GREENWAYS & TRAILS HOLSTON RIVER PARK GREENWAY AND TRAILS 3300 Holston Hills Rd. Paved Trail: 2-mile loop

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Winding along the Holston River, the Holston River Greenway connects fishing piers, a river overlook, playgrounds, and large sports fields before circling back, connecting the two parking areas. At the southern edge of the loop, spurring off the paved trail, is the scenic natural-surface Perimeter Trail.

Natural Trail: 1-mile loop

The trailhead to the Perimeter Trail is just off the southern edge of the greenway loop. This scenic 1-mile natural surface trail contours the Holston River for a short distance, meandering under a beautiful oak and beech tree canopy. Trail winds through the woods passing by several rock faces and crosses over an abandoned rail line.

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KNOXVILLE BOTANICAL GARDENS WALKING TRAILS 2743 Wimpole Ave. Crushed Gravel Trail: 1.25 miles

The enchanting walking trails at the Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum saunter along secret garden pathways and alleys. Amid beautiful display gardens one can find unique horticulture— every season beautifully showcased. Distinctive stone walls border the trails, taking you past whimsical round stone buildings and stone-sided greenhouses.

LOVES CREEK GREENWAY 5201 Parker Dr. Natural Trail: 0.65 mile

Paved Trail: 0.25 mile Connects: Spring Place Park

Loves Creek Greenway is a small loop located in Knox County’s Spring Place Park. The paved loop greenway is landscaped with native trees circling a playground and shelter, and a crushed limestone trail meanders through scenic woods alongside Loves Creek.

MASCOT GREENWAY

1909 Number Two Dr. Paved Trail: 0.25 mile-loop

While visiting Mascot Park, wind along the greenway that circles this beautiful open

HOUSE MOUNTAIN NATURAL AREA TRAILS 9601 Hogskin Rd. Natural Trail: 5.8 miles Difficulty: moderate to strenuous

The trails at House Mountain wind up to Knox County’s highest point! Only 30 minutes from downtown Knoxville, the overlook from the 2,100-foot crest offer exceptional views of the parallel ranges of mountain ranges some 30 miles away. The trails can be steep as they wind through heavily wooded terrain dotted with impressive rock outcrops. On the summit, the Crest Trail stretches the length of the mountain from the West End Overlook to the East Overlook. The West End Overlook presents views of the Cumberland Mountains to the north, the Smoky Mountains to the south, and a glimpse of downtown Knoxville on the horizon. The views from the East End Overlook feature the Clinch Mountain range, which runs northeast all the way into Southwest Virginia.

Features: hiking, trail running, picnic area, shelter, restrooms

GET OUT AND GET BIRDING! Bird watching can be a relaxing solo pursuit or a fun family outing. All you need to get started is a pair of binoculars and a field guide. Mornings are usually the best time for birding but late afternoons, before dusk can also be rewarding. One of the best places to start is Seven Islands State Birding Park. This premier birding destination lists more than 190 species of birds sighted. Songbirds, hawks and waterfowl can be seen along the meadow trails and several of the old barns are a favorite refuge for Barn Owls. Spring is a perfect season to visit Sharp’s Ridge Memorial Park where you can observe migrant songbirds. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park lists over 240 species of birds, with 60 species that are year-round residents. Birdwatchers might want to join one of the Knoxville Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society’s bird walks, bird banding, or field trips. Tennessee Watchable Wildlife lists a few other favorite birding sites in our area: Chuck Swan Wildlife Ijams Nature Center Management Area Melton Hill Dam Cove Lake State Park Norris Dam area Forks of the River WMA Sharps Ridge Memorial Park Frozen Head State Park UT Arboretum Get Out and Play! 19


space. There are benches to relax, and take in the pastoral setting.

SARAH MOORE GREENE GREENWAY 3001 Brooks Rd. Paved Trail: 0.6 mile

Sarah Moore Greene Greenway’s full loop includes sidewalks and measures 0.6 mile, incorporating a 1/8-mile track. The greenway provides access to the school’s playground and their native garden.

SEVEN ISLANDS STATE BIRDING PARK GREENWAY AND TRAILS 2809 Kelly Lane Kelly Lane Greenway Paved Trail: 1.2 mile one-way

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Seven Islands State Birding Park is a beautiful wildlife refuge, encompassing 416 acres along the French Broad River. This peninsula of land features more than 8 miles of natural trails, rolling hills, and views of the Smoky Mountains. The diverse natural landscape of aquatic and grassland habitats makes this park a premier birding destination with more than 190 species of birds sighted. In addition to being a wildlife refuge popular for hiking and wildlife observation, the park is also a research and educational facility, as well as a demonstration area for land use and habitat management techniques. Songbirds, hawks and waterfowl can be seen along the meadow trails and several old barns are a favorite refuge for barn owls. For paddlers and anglers, there is a small canoe/kayak launch that provides access to the French Broad River.

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The Seven Islands State Birding Park features more than 8 miles of natural trails, rolling hills and views of the Smoky Mountains. The landscape ranges from upland hardwoods to river-bottom fields sown in native warm-season grasses. Songbirds, hawks and waterfowl can be seen along the meadow trails and several old barns are a favorite refuge for barn owls. Along the route, the trails crisscross the 1.2-mile paved greenway that bisects the park as it winds from the parking area to the water’s edge.

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Starting at the parking area, just past the gate, the paved greenway is sandwiched between pastoral fields of wildflowers and native grasses. At the end of the paved route, you’ll be at the bend of the French Broad River as it heads downstream to merge with the Holston to form the Tennessee River. Mowed meadow trails crisscross the greenway.

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Urban hiking and bike riding is enjoyed throughout the downtown and central city area on over 5 miles of connected greenways. Volunteer Landing, World’s Fair Park, the University of Tennessee, and the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center offer a wide variety of activities and waterfront attractions in the center city.

PARKS

Features: basketball, playground

ALEX HALEY HERITAGE SQUARE

218 E. Baxter Ave. (east of I-275) • 1 acre

1600 Dandridge Ave. Connects: Morningside Park and Greenway

Alex Haley Heritage Square sits on the slopes of Morningside Park, presenting a commanding view of historic Knoxville, the downtown business district and the Smoky Mountains. The focal point of this community-built space is the stunning 13-foot high bronze statue of author and Pulitzer Prize winner Alex Haley.

BAXTER AVENUE PARK

Adjacent to the Baxter Avenue Fire Station and on the corner of Stewart Street, this 1-acre park features a basketball court, playground, picnic table, and benches.

Features: playground, picnic area, basketball

CAL JOHNSON PARK

507 Hall of Fame Dr. • 4 acres

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this unique park provides tennis and basketball courts along with play and picnic areas. The Cal Johnson Recreation Center is adjacent to the park.

Features: tennis, basketball, playground, picnic area, shelter

CASWELL PARK

620 Winona St. • 10 acres Paved Trail: 0.3-mile loop Connects: Ashley Nicole Dream Playground, First Creek Greenway

Caswell Park brings an old-time softball ambiance to its four large softball fields. The quaint Sam Anderson Pavilion features a wrap-around porch, concessions, restrooms, and a top-of-the-line press box. The lower First Creek Greenway connects to the park and to the Ashley Nicole Dream Playground, Knoxville’s first totally accessible playground.

Features: greenway, baseball, restrooms, accessible playground

central city DANNY MAYFIELD PARK 700 College St. • 1 acre

This urban park features an outdoor classroom that is often utilized by students from Maynard Elementary and Knoxville College. An outdoor art gallery displays various African art sculptures for public viewing. There is plenty of open space for field sports along with a sidewalk bordering the park that’s perfect for walking, skateboarding, and children on bicycles.

Features: playground, skateboards, picnic area, shelter

DR. WALTER HARDY PARK

2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. • 3 acres Memorial markers lining the circle entrance to Dr. Walter Hardy Park establish Doctor’s Row to honor the black

Features: greenway, playground

ASHLEY NICOLE DREAM PLAYGROUND

620 Winona St. Connects: Caswell Park, First Creek Greenway

Located in Caswell Park, across from the softball complex, this 100-percent accessible playground is adjacent to gardens and large grassy open space. The lower First Creek Greenway connects with the park and accommodates wheelchairs, walkers and runners, cyclists, skateboards and roller blades.

Features: greenway, bicycling, playground, accessible playground, picnic area, shelter, restrooms

BABE RUTH PARK

2007 Natchez St. • 1 acre

Just what the kids want—this small neighborhood park provides a basketball court and playground for the community. For more info, please visit OutdoorKnoxville.com.

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central city physicians who served the community and surrounding areas between 1869 and 1989. The park serves the community as a memorial site, offers a place for passive recreation, and provides an amphitheater for cultural activities.

Features: greenway, picnic area, shelter, amphitheater

FIRST CREEK PARK

1240 Cottage Place • 10 acres Connects: First Creek Greenway

This passive neighborhood park runs alongside First Creek and features plenty of open space to picnic, throw a Frisbee, or romp with your kids and dogs. A bridge connects the park with the First Creek Greenway, offering pedestrians and cyclists access to several main streets.

Features: greenway, bicycling, playground, picnic area

FORT KID PARK

1050 World’s Fair Park • less than 1 acre

Located across from the Knoxville Museum of Art (and the nearby World’s Fair Park), Fort Kid is an iconic urban playground set close to a row of Victorian houses. Originally built in 1991 by volunteers for the city’s bicentennial, it’s composed of climbable wooden structures. (Note: be careful of splinters.)

FOURTH & GILL PARK 808 Eleanor St. • 1 acre

Tucked away in Historic Forth & Gill, this neighborhood park features a play area for children and a gazebo, perfect for enjoying a book under the shade of the trees.

Features: playground, picnic area, shelter

FRAJAN CAMPBELL PARK 1300 Moses Ave. • 1 acre

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FORT KID PARK features a basketball court and play area for children along with a picnic table and paved walking trail.

Features: basketball court, playground, picnic area

HARRIET TUBMAN PARK

300 Harriet Tubman St. • 4 acres

No waiting for a tennis or basketball court in this city park. There are four courts each, as well as a horseshoe pit, a playground, and picnic facilities. In addition to the walking trails throughout the park, there is a running track on the backside of the park.

Features: greenway, basketball, tennis, horseshoes, picnic areas, shelters

JAMES AGEE PARK

331 James Agee St. • 1 acre

James Agee Park is an enchanting block of nature in the middle of the Fort Sanders neighborhood near the University of Tennessee. Large magnolia trees tower over the park’s garden and walking trail. Beautiful stone and iron work grace the entrances. The park was dedicated to honor James Agee, a Knoxville native and American novelist, screenwriter, journalist, poet, and film critic.

Features: picnic area, walking trail

KNOXVILLE SKATEPARK

Tyson Park: 2351 Kingston Pike

Connects: Tyson Park

A Tony Hawk Foundation skatepark, this large concrete skatepark in Tyson Park features bowls, banks, stairs, ledges, and rails. With beginner, intermediate, and advanced features, this is the biggest and best skatepark in East Tennessee. Bikes are not allowed in the peanut pool, and they’ll need park-friendly pegs. The park is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and is lighted for night-time use.

KRUTCH PARK

504 Market St. • 1 acre Connects: Market Square

In the heart of Knoxville’s retail and business district, Krutch Park’s winding walking trail will take you past a small cascading waterfall, a gentle stream, gardens, sculptures, and benches where you can relax and enjoy a nature setting in downtown. Krutch Park is adjacent to Market Square which features two sets of splash pads.

Features: accessible trails, picnic area

LEDGERWOOD PARK

1025 Ledgerwood Ave. • 1 acre

This small neighborhood park (a block behind Fulton High School) offers a nice place to have a picnic.

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MALCOM MARTIN PARK & ED COTHRAN POOL 2247 Western Ave. • 17 acres 1811 Reynolds St. Paved Trail: 0.3 miles

Malcom Martin Park is a well-rounded recreational park featuring a softball field, two tennis courts, and an outdoor basketball court. In the summer months, the Ed Cothran Pool is in full swing with a concession stand, picnic shelters, and restrooms. The Malcom Martin Greenway winds around a playground and shelter in the eastern section of the park.

Features: greenway, playground, skateboards, bicycles, baseball, basketball, tennis, swimming, picnic area, shelter, restrooms

MARKET SQUARE

60 Market St. • 2 acres Connects: Krutch Park

Anytime of the day and throughout each season, there is something happening on Market Square. From the splash pad fountains in summer to the ice-skating rink in winter, Market Square bustles with activity. Walkers, runners, and cyclists stroll through the mall regularly, as well as buskers, performers, and shoppers at the Wednesday and Saturday Farmers’ Markets.

Features: bicycling, splash pads,

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MORNINGSIDE PARK

1600 Dandridge Ave. • 23 acres Paved Trail: 1.6 miles Connection: James White Greenway

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Morningside Park features a tournament-designed 18-hole disc golf course. The winding Morningside Greenway bisects the park connecting to neighborhoods along the way. Spaced along the greenway, various fitness stations offer

Features: greenway, bicycling, skateboarding, disc golf, soccer, playgrounds, shelters, fitness stations

OLD NORTH KNOXVILLE PARK E. Oklahoma Ave. NE • 1 acre

central city The residents of Old North Knoxville wanted to create a safe place, off the street, for their children to play. They took land that was once overgrown and stagnant, and brought it to life with a playground, walking trail, and bench to sit and chat.

Features: playground, picnic area

PARKRIDGE PARK

536 N. Bertrand St. • 2 acres

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1060 Worlds Fair Park Drive 10 acres World’s Fair Park features the remnants of the 1982 World’s Fair: the Sunsphere and the Tennessee Amphitheater. The Sunsphere’s observation deck provides a 360-degree view of the city and beyond while the amphitheater sometimes features performances. This urban park’s wide-open greenspace is divided into three sections—a festival lawn, a performance lawn, and a lake area. The Court of Flags Fountain’s interactive water-play area operates seasonally from March until the end of October, and the playground area is open year-round. There are paved walking trails throughout the Park that connect to the Second Creek Greenway, which carves a route down to the riverfront, passing along the edges of the UT campus before connecting with the Neyland Greenway over to Volunteer Landing Park.

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central city explore. Heading downstream, the river bends around the downtown area, passing by the UT campus. The dock at the landing is owned and maintained by the Knoxville Rowing Association. Walkers, runners and cyclists rendezvous at the park from the James White Greenway.

Features: waterway access, paddling, fishing, greenway, playground, picnic area

TYSON PARK

3507 and 2321 Kingston Pike • 27 acres 3110 Sutherland Ave 104 N. Forest Park Blvd. Connects: Third Creek Greenway, Knoxville Skatepark Just minutes away from the University of Tennessee’s campus, Tyson Park provides a wide array of recreational opportunities, including accessible playgrounds, two softball fields, 14 tennis courts, 3 large shelters, and accessible

restrooms. Tyson Park is also home to Knoxville’s first skate park, featuring bowls, banks, stairs, ledges, and rails that offer beginner, intermediate, and advanced features. The Third Creek Greenway, which bisects Tyson Park, connects the Neyland and Bearden Village Greenways, providing commuters and recreational users with an east to west thoroughfare.

Features: greenway, bicycling, skateboarding, tennis, baseball, playground, picnic area, shelter, accessible, rest rooms

See also Knoxville Skatepark

VOLUNTEER LANDING PARK

Neyland Drive, near Calhoun’s on the River • 3 acres Connects: James White Greenway, Neyland Greenway

This small linear park stretches along the Tennessee River providing ample fishing and paddling opportunities. The park features year-round fun on the swings, but during the summer months the splash

pads are irresistible. Walkers, runners, and cyclists utilize the Neyland Greenway that winds through the park. On its linear route, Neyland Greenway connects with the James White Greenway and the Third Creek Greenway.

Features: waterway access, fishing, paddling, greenway, running/walking, bicycling, splash pads, playground, picnic area, restrooms, accessible

WILLIAM POWELL PARK 1900 Linden Ave. • 2 acres

The neighborhood families enjoy the amenities at William Powell Park, whether it’s a game of basketball, playing on the playground, or romping with their friends on the grass. The picnic facilities make a great gathering place for everyone.

Features: basketball, playground, picnic area, shelter

WORLD’S FAIR PARK

1060 Worlds Fair Park Drive • 10 acres Connects: Second Creek Greenway World’s Fair Park features the

remnants of the 1982 World’s Fair: the Sunsphere and the Tennessee Amphitheater. The Sunsphere’s observation deck provides a 360-degree view of the city and beyond while the amphitheater sometimes features performances. This urban park’s wide-open greenspace is divided into three sections—a festival lawn, a performance lawn, and a lake area. The Court of Flags Fountain’s interactive water-play area operates seasonally from March until the end of October, and the playground area is open year-round. There are paved walking trails throughout the Park that connect to the Second Creek Greenway, which carves a route down to the riverfront, passing along the edges of the UT campus before connecting with the Neyland Greenway over to Volunteer Landing Park.

Features: greenway, walkers/runners, bicyclists, splash pads, playground, picnic area, shelters, restrooms, accessible

VOLUNTEER LANDING PARK Neyland Drive, near Calhoun’s on the River • 3 acres CONNECTS: James White Greenway, Neyland Greenway This small linear park stretches along the Tennessee River providing ample fishing and paddling opportunities. The park features year-round fun on the swings, but during the summer months the splash pads are irresistible. Walkers, runners, and cyclists utilize the Neyland Greenway that winds through the park. On its linear route, Neyland Greenway connects with the James White Greenway and the Third Creek Greenway.

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PETSAFE DOG PARK DOWNTOWN PETSAFE DOG PARK 200 S. Central St. • 1 acre

Downtown PetSafe Dog Park offers the downtown pup a place to roam leash-free with other canine buddies. There are separate sections for small and large dogs, ramps and exercise stations, dog and human water fountains, plus a few benches for the two-legged folks.

GREENWAYS & TRAILS FIRST CREEK GREENWAYS

Lower Section: Caswell Park: 620 Winona St. Paved Trail: 0.5 mile one-way Connections: Caswell Park, Ashley Nicole Dream Playground Upper Section: First Creek Park: 1240 Cottage Place Paved Upper Section: 0.9 mile one-way Connection: First Creek Park The First Creek Greenway is currently divided into two sections—upper and lower. The 0.5-mile lower greenway section starts in Caswell Park and circumvents the Ashley Nicole Playground, gardens and an open space. The 0.9-mile upper greenway section runs through First Creek Park winding alongside First Creek featuring a small loop trail in the bend of the creek near the middle of the park. This linear section of the greenway links First Creek Park with the Broadway Avenue sidewalk system.

JAMES WHITE GREENWAY

1648 Riverside Dr. Paved Trail: 1 mile linear Connects: Morningside Park, Gov. McWherter/Riverside Landing Park, Volunteer Landing Park, Neyland Greenway For more info, please visit OutdoorKnoxville.com.

This scenic 1-mile stretch along the James White Greenway follows the shoreline of the Tennessee River where waterfront views and wildlife sightings are abundant. Starting at the eastern end of Neyland Greenway, the James White Greenway begins its waterfront path over to Governor Ned McWherter/ Riverside Landing Park. Here the Greenway links north with the Morningside Greenway at Morningside Park. Parking is available at Governor Ned McWherter/Riverside Landing Park.

MALCOLM MARTIN GREENWAY 2247 Western Ave. Paved Trail: 0.3-mile loop

The Malcolm Martin Greenway is a small loop trail that circles the playground and shelter area on the eastern section of Malcolm Martin Park. There is another small greenway trail adjacent to the Ed Cothren Pool. Patrons may access the greenway by parking in Malcolm Martin Park, or by using the sidewalks along Western Avenue.

MORNINGSIDE GREENWAY 1600 Dandridge Ave. Paved Trail: 1.6 miles Connects: James White Greenway

Winding through Morningside Park, the greenway passes through a disc golf course and curves around sporting fields and playground area. For those that desire a more vigorous workout, fitness stations are strategically spaced along the route. Coming from Knoxville, the James White Greenway connects with the Morningside Greenway, terminating on the northwestern edge of the park at the Alex Haley Heritage Square.

NEYLAND GREENWAY 2401 and 2377 Neyland Dr. Paved Trail: 3 miles linear

Connections: James White Greenway, Third Creek Greenway, UT Gardens Walking Trails

Traveling west on the James White Greenway, the bridge on First Creek marks the beginning of the Neyland Greenway, which runs parallel to the Tennessee River through Volunteer Landing Park. Going west, the greenway crosses Neyland Drive at Volunteer Boulevard and continues alongside the Tennessee River before crossing under Neyland Drive again at the mouth of Third Creek. Here, the Neyland Greenway makes a connection with the Third Creek Greenway and heads north to Tyson Park.

SECOND CREEK GREENWAY

1060 Worlds Fair Park Dr. Paved Trail: 1.2 miles linear Connects: Neyland Greenway, World’s Fair Park

Second Creek Greenway begins near Neyland Stadium at the Neyland Greenway and runs north to connect the riverfront area to World’s Fair Park and downtown. There are two options for entering the World’s Fair Park from the Second Creek Valley: Use the crosswalk on Cumberland Avenue or use the ramp that leads from Second Creek Greenway to a pedestrian bridge that crosses over Cumberland Avenue.

UT GARDENS WALKING TRAILS

2518 Jacob Dr. Crushed Gravel Trail: 1 mile loop Connects: Neyland Greenway

The UT Gardens function as an outdoor laboratory to evaluate the performance and landscape use of every type of plant, from trees to shrubs, annuals to perennials, or ornamental grasses to aquatic plants. This scenic walking trail winds around the various gardens and greenhouses. The Neyland Greenway connects to

central city the trails. Trails are open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset. Admission is typically free unless there’s a special event.

Note: Parking is limited during the week when classes are in session.

GET OUT AND PLAY WITH YOUR DOG! The Knoxville area currently has nine dog parks to enjoy. All but two are within large human parks, so you can enjoy a leash-walk or run in the human park and then enjoy some romp and play time unleashed at the dog park. Our greenways and local hiking trails allow leashed dogs to accompany you on your hike (dogs are not allowed on the trails at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park). If your pup enjoys splashing in the water, a few hikes or parks that welcome this fun combination are: Concord Park, Carl Cowan Park, Sequoyah Park, Melton Hill Park, Loyston Point, and Meads Quarry Trails.

DOGPARKS: PetSafe Big Turtle Dog Park – Oak Ridge PetSafe Charter Doyle Dog Park PetSafe Concord Dog Park PetSafe Downtown Dog Park PetSafe Holston River Dog Park PetSafe Pistol Creek Dog Park – Maryville PetSafe Tommy Schumpert D og Park PetSafe Dogwood Dog Park at Victor Ashe Park PetSafe Village Dog Park Get Out and Play! 27


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URBAN WILDERNESS

Just 3 miles from downtown, Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness is a unique urban playground for hikers, mountain bikers, and trail runners. The South Loop Trail system and Baker Creek Preserve offer 50 miles of natural surface trails for a variety of outdoor activities and skill levels. The main 12.5-mile South Loop offers easy to moderate trails and approximately 30 miles of secondary trails on varying terrain. The new Baker Creek Preserve has over 7.1 miles of trails ranging from beginner to the Bell Helmets expert downhill trail. These trails connect to the Urban Wilderness by way of a pedestrian bridge across Redbud Road. Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness trails are signed with logos, tree blazes, and street stencils for convenient wayfinding.

TRAILHEADS ANDERSON SCHOOL TRAILS 4808 Prospect Lane Nature Trail: 8.2 miles Type: single track Difficulty: easy to moderate

The trails beginning at Anderson School descend

through a wooded valley over an easy grade into the Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area. The trail crosses private property made accessible by easements granted by the landowners. Please respect the private property and stay on the trail. Please remember that Anderson School has students present during school hours. Limited parking is available during weekdays. Be sure to stay on the trail on school property.

BAKER CREEK PRESERVE

3700 Lancaster Drive Natural Trails: 7.1 miles Difficulty: beginner to advanced

Baker Creek Preserves features five multi-use, two-way trails, and three designated mountain bike downhill trails for more experienced riders, providing 7.1 miles of hiking and biking opportunities for beginners to extreme adventure mountain bikers! Five of the eight trails are for both hiking and biking and include a virtually flat beginner trail. The three-dedicated downhill mountain bike trails introduce a different style of trail into the Urban Wilderness trail system. The Junior Pump Track and the Little Devil Junior Trail were

built to introduce children, and their families, to the sport of mountain biking. Users can connect to the existing 42 miles of trail in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness by way of a pedestrian bridge across Redbud Road.

Note: Riding a mountain bike downhill or gravity trail is an extreme sport with riders at high speeds on steep slopes. These trails are one way (downhill) only. Proper experience and gear, including helmets, pads, and mouth guards, are recommended as the potential for crashes and injury is high.

FORKS OF THE RIVER WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA McClure Lane Entrance: 3140 McClure Lane Burnett Creek Entrance: 5907 Burnett Creek Rd. Natural Trails: 8.4 miles Type: singletrack, dirt/gravel roads Difficulty: easy to moderate Connects: Will Skelton Greenway, Knoxville Urban Wilderness There are multiple trails to experience within the WMA, all of varying degrees of difficulty, views, and topography. The South Loop main route begins on the paved Will Skelton Greenway, continues along the river’s edge and meanders through forests and fields. The internal trails pass through open fields, hardwood forests, and hedgerows—all home to an abundance of wildlife and songbird activity. The Will Skelton Greenway connects the WMA to Ijams Nature Center.

The natural-surface trails wandering around this old quarry will take you to uniquely carved marble shelves, over a rock bridge, and through the “keyhole” before looping back to the main trail. Several easy bridge crossings will enhance your way through the Ross Marble Quarry where trail builders used discarded rock to create a unique trail experience. Hiking-only trails take you past the historic Stanton Cemetery to the top of the ridge where you’ll find an overlook of the turquoise Mead’s Quarry Lake. The tranquil trails on the river side of Ijams Nature Center wind through undisturbed woods and along the boardwalk where the Tennessee River flows below.

WILLIAM HASTIE NATURAL AREA / MARIE MYERS PARK 1302 Margaret Rd. Nature Trail: 6.4 miles Type: single track, old roads Difficulty: easy to moderate

MEAD’S QUARRY / IJAMS NATURE CENTER TRAILS

Nature Center: 2915 Island Home Ave. Paved Trails: 0.25 miles Natural Trails: 12.3 miles

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Difficulty: easy to moderate

The natural-surface trails in the William Hastie Natural Area contain a wide array of surfaces and unique challenges for hikers, trail runners, and mountain bikers. Winding through the heavily forested property and circling the perimeter of the park, the trails sometimes traverse off-camber rock seams and loose shale. The gravel doubletrack through the park, shown as Margaret Road, is the easiest way to navigate through the park. William Hastie Natural Area connects to Ross Marble Quarry on a 2-mile flowing, fun trail through Marie Myers Park.

Note: Forks of the River WMA is an active hunting ground and special regulations apply. Please see onsite signage for details.

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South Knoxville has become a recreation destination with the Urban Wilderness South Loop trail system and several nature areas. Ijams Nature Center, the state’s Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area, and Legacy Parks’ new Baker Creek Preserve all feature trails and amenities available for users of all skills and abilities. Suttree Landing Park, Knoxville’s newest park, provides a wonderful play space for families, picnickers, joggers, and kayakers to experience the riverfront.

PARKS ALCOAWAY OPTIMIST PARK 2022 Belt Rd. • 12 acres

If you want to toss a ball around or play a game, Alcoaway Optimist Park features two softball fields, a soccer field, and a basketball court. There is a playground for the kids and a walking loop that circles the fields.

Features: greenways, baseball, soccer, basketball, playgrounds, picnic areas, shelters, restrooms

BAKER CREEK PRESERVE

3700 Lancaster Drive • 100 acres Natural Trails: 7.1 miles Type: single track and double track Difficulty: beginner to advanced Connects: Knoxville Urban Wilderness

Baker Creek Preserve features five multi-use, two-way trails, and three designated mountain bike downhill trails for more experienced riders, providing 7.1 miles of hiking and biking opportunities for beginners to extreme adventure mountain bikers! The Kids’ Adventure Play Area includes natural and interactive features that accommodate kids of all ages. Among these fun features are a giant hanging bamboo chime for kids to run through and make music, log rounds for balancing, a miniature climbing wall, slides, and a climbing play net. Beautiful landscaping and For more info, please visit OutdoorKnoxville.com.

natural seating areas made of logs and stone make a great place for parents to watch kids and for families to enjoy together. The Junior Pump Track and the Little Devil Junior Trail were built to introduce children, and their families, to the sport of mountain biking. Baker Creek Preserve is a part of Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness, connected by bridge and trail to 42 miles of trail in the South Loop Trail System that links Ijams Nature Center, William Hastie Natural Area, Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area. Baker Creek Preserve is also connected to South Doyle Middle School by way of the new Baker Creek

Trail and intersecting Cherokee Trail. Both trails connect the school directly into the Urban Wilderness and adjacent neighborhoods.

Features: playground, hiking, trail running, mountain biking

CECIL WEBB PARK 801 Tipton Ave. • 1 acre

The Cecil Webb Park connects with the Cecil Webb Recreation Center to provide outdoor play for the neighboring community. There are two tennis courts, basketball, a playground, and open space along with picnic tables for dining out. The Dogwood Elementary School sits adjacent to the backside of the park.

Features: playground, tennis, basketball, picnic areas

CHARTER E. DOYLE PARK

5100 W. Martin Mill Pike • 26 acres Paved Trail: 0.4-mile loop Natural Trail: 0.1 mile one-way

Enjoy a quiet walk along the paved Greenway that winds through patches of tall pine trees and around the play areas and lush open space. The Petsafe Dog Park is a great place to let your four-legged friends romp unleashed. Hikers can wander the quiet Mildred

south Doyle nature trail that spurs off the greenway, making a loop through the forest as it passes by a family cemetery.

Features: greenways, trails, dog park, bicycling, skateboarding, tennis, baseball, playground, picnic areas, shelters, restrooms

FORT DICKERSON PARK

3000 Fort Dickerson Rd. • 85 acres Greenway entrance: 520 Augusta Avenue Crushed Gravel Greenway: 1 mile one-way Natural Trail: 0.9 mile one-way Difficulty: moderate

One of the best-preserved earthen forts from the Civil War era rests on a knob just across the river from downtown, providing a high vantage point to get a full view of the city as well as the high peaks of the Great Smoky Mountains. There are two shelters for enjoying a picnic after walking the interactive trail around the fort, which includes three authentic replica cannons. For those wanting a longer hike, run, or mountain bike ride, enjoy the natural surface trail that starts near the powerline

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FRENCH MEMORIAL PARK 7752 Martin Mill Pike • 20 acres

The playground, exercise yard and walking trail that circum-

vents the park are great for getting in a workout — the kids, dogs and grownups all benefit. French Memorial Park sits adjacent to the Howard Pinkston Library and connects with the Howard Pinkston

Greenway that winds over to Bonnie Kate Elementary School. This is a favorite starting location for road cyclists—many club rides leave from the park riding south all the way to Townsend.

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NATURAL TRAILS: 7.1 miles TYPE: single track and double track DIFFICULTY: beginner to advanced CONNECTS: Knoxville Urban Wilderness Baker Creek Preserve features five multi-use, two-way trails, and three designated mountain bike downhill trails for more experienced riders, providing 7.1 miles of hiking and biking opportunities for beginners to extreme adventure mountain bikers! The Kids’ Adventure Play Area includes natural and interactive features that accommodate kids of all ages. Among these fun features are a giant hanging bamboo chime for kids to run through and make music, log rounds for balancing, a miniature climbing wall, and slides. Beautiful landscaping and natural seating areas made of logs and stone make a great place for parents to watch kids and for families to enjoy together. The Junior Pump Track and the Little Devil Junior Trail were built to introduce children, and their families, to the sport of mountain biking. Baker Creek Preserve is a part of Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness, connected by bridge and trail to 42 miles of trail in the South Loop Trail System that links Ijams Nature Center, William Hastie Natural Area, Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area. Baker Creek Preserve is also connected to South Doyle Middle School by way of the new Baker Creek Trail and intersecting Cherokee Trail. Both trails connect the school directly into the Urban Wilderness and adjacent neighborhoods.

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Features: greenways, trails, bicycling, soccer, playground, picnic areas, shelters, restrooms

ational activities. Anglers can try their luck along the shoreline or from the fishing pier. Paddlers and boaters can put in to enjoy some time on the Tennessee River. Land lovers will find a walking trail, playground, and lots of open space.

GARY UNDERWOOD PARK 6135 Moore Rd. • 5 acres Paved Trail: 0.8-mile loop

Gary Underwood Park is a wonderful community facility featuring a sports field, a playground, and picnic facilities. The paved greenway circumvents the park, winding through tall pines and edging along the woods.

Features: greenways, soccer, picnic areas, shelter

HIGH GROUND PARK

1000 Cherokee Trail • 39 acres Natural Trail: 1 mile one-way Difficulty: easy

High Ground Park has been designed to preserve the Union’s 1863 Fort Higley as a Civil War landmark. A beautiful stone wall borders the walking trail that winds through hardwood forests, wildflowers, and native flowering bushes. The trail opens to a wildflower meadow then continues past the remnants of defensive emplacements. History buffs will glean much from the informative and educational signage featured along the path.

Features: interpretive trails, walking/ running

I.C. KING PARK

3440 Alcoa Highway • 219 acres Natural Trails: 8 miles Difficulty: easy to moderate

With waterway access to the Tennessee River and natural trails to explore in the woods and ridges surrounding the park, this is a great adventure park. Anglers can enjoy bank fishing or setup on the long fishing pier. Paddlers can trolley around the inlet or head out to the main river. The 8-plus miles of singletrack trails are a favorite for mountain bikers, hikers, and For more info, please visit OutdoorKnoxville.com.

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Features: waterway access, fishing, paddling, trails, mountain biking, hiking

IJAMS NATURE CENTER

2915 Island Home Ave. • 300 acres Paved Trails: .25 miles Natural Trails: 12.3 miles Difficulty: easy to moderate Connects: Will Skelton Greenway, Knoxville Urban Wilderness

Knoxville’s very own wildlife sanctuary is only minutes from downtown and the heart of Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness. This beautiful rolling woodlands features an array of exhibits, a museum store, over 12 miles of trails, a quarry to fish, and during summer months, kayaks and SUP to rent for paddling. At the raptor exhibit, a red-tailed hawk and a turkey vulture sit on their perches. The Ijams Crag offers 24 completed routes with 9 more scheduled to be completed in 2017, providing a local climbing spot for beginners to experts. Experience Ijams from the tree tops with Navitat Canopy Adventures—a unique tree-based zip-line adventure park designed to tell stories of Knoxville’s natural and cultural heritage, with themes like water, fish and mountain heritage. For paddlers, the Ijams River Landing features an ADA adaptive dock located on the Tennessee River.

Features: waterway access, fishing,

paddling, trails, mountain biking, hiking, running, climbing, zip-line, picnic area, shelter, restrooms

ISLAND HOME PARK

2225 Estelle Circle • 3 acres Connects: Will Skelton Greenway

Nestled in the Island Home neighborhood, the park hosts a scenic waterfront recreational play area. Visitors can enjoy a ball field, tennis court, playground and picnic facilities. The paved loop trail that circumvents the park connects with the Will Skelton Greenway and winds along the Tennessee River, through the woods, and over to Ijams Nature and Forks of the River WMA. Within the park, there is a small unimproved waterway access for non-motorized craft.

Features: fishing, paddling, greenways, bicycling, baseball, tennis, playground, picnic area

JOE FOSTER PARK 1116 Drive D • 1 acre

Nestled between neighboring houses, Joe Foster Park provides a basketball court, playground and swings with picnic facilities for the Vestal community. A walking trail circles the park.

Features: skateboarding, basketball, playground, picnic area, shelter

MALONEY ROAD PARK 3516 Ginn Dr. • 3 acres

Maloney Road Park features both water and land for recre-

Features: waterway access, fishing, paddling, greenways, playground, picnic areas, shelters

MARINE PARK

2201 Alcoa Highway • 11 acres Connects: Knox Blount Greenway

Marine Park offers a peaceful setting alongside the Tennessee River. Just over the wooden bridge from the parking and boat launching area is a nice open space dotted with picnic tables. There’s plenty of shoreline access for anglers. Paddlers can enjoy a 3.4-mile (one-way) float over to Volunteer Landing, taking in the downtown waterfront. The Knox Blount Greenway spans from Marine Park, along the shore of the Tennessee River, winds through UT’s Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus and then connects to the Neyland Greenway via the J.E. “Buck” Karnes Bridge.

Features: waterway access, fishing, paddling, picnic areas, greenway access

MARY JAMES PARK

1825 McClung Ave. • 3 acres

Mary James Park features two playground areas, and one is accessible to those with disabilities. Bike racks are provided, so pack up the kids and a lunch and venture over to enjoy this neighborhood oasis.

Features: tennis, basketball, accessible playground, picnic areas

MARY VESTAL PARK

401 Maryville Pike • 13 acres Paved Trail: 0.4 miles one-way Natural Trail: 0.6 mile one-way

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playground, and large picnic shelter. Nestled under tall shade trees, individual picnic tables invite you to enjoy your time at the park. Mary Vestal Greenway winds alongside the scenic Goose Creek, starting from the South Knoxville Community Center. The greenway crosses Maryville Pike, travels to Mary Vestal Park, then continues as a crushed stone/soft surface trail north to Blount Ave.

Features: greenways, baseball, playground, picnic areas, shelter

MEADOW CIRCLE PARK

Meadow Court cul de sac • 1 acre

This passive park, situated in an open space between homes, has no visible entrance, which restricts its use to the surrounding residents. Bicycle or walk over to enjoy the playground, picnic shelter, basketball court and manicured open space.

Features: basketball, playground, picnic area, shelter

SAM DUFF MEMORIAL PARK 4060 Chapman Highway • 12 acres Paved Trail: 0.25 loop Natural Trail: short

Originally, this area hosted a football and track facility for nearby Young High School. The track, now the Sam Duff Greenway, is still a favorite for runners and walkers. There is a short nature trail that connects to the neighborhood.

Features: greenways, tennis, basketball, soccer, playground, picnic areas, shelter, restrooms, accessible

SCOTTISH PIKE PARK

2807 Scottish Pike • 2 acres

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BAKER CREEK PRESERVE TRAILS

3700 Lancaster Drive Natural Trails: 7.1 miles Difficulty: moderate to advanced

FORKS OF THE RIVER enjoying a riverside walk or social gathering. A paved walking trail loops the park.

Features: greenway, fishing, playground, picnic area, shelter

SUTTREE LANDING PARK 1015 Phillips Ave • 8.3 acres Paved Trail: 0.6 mile one-way

Just minute from downtown, this beautiful park hugs the shoreline of the Tennessee River, providing a wonderful waterfront play space for walkers, runners, paddlers, anglers, and children of all ages. This 8.3-acre linear park features a festival/event lawn, children’s playground, put-in for kayakers, three accessible river overlooks, picnic tables, and a lighted Riverwalk. Picnic tables, bike racks, and precast concrete and backed benches are scattered throughout, providing opportunity for visitors to leisurely enjoy the park and scenic views along the Tennessee River.

Features: waterway, fishing, paddling, greenway, walkers/runners, bicycling, playground, picnic tables, accessible

PETSAFE DOG PARK CHARTER DOYLE PETSAFE DOG PARK

Charter Doyle Park 5100 W Martin Mill Pike

This PetSafe Dog Park provides individual areas for large and small dogs to play unleashed. On a leash, your canine friend can enjoy a walk on the paved loop trail within the main section of the park or a short hike through the woods on the Mildred Doyle Nature Trail.

GREENWAYS & TRAILS ANDERSON SCHOOL TRAILS

4808 Prospect Lane Natural Trail: 8.2 miles Type: single track Difficulty: easy to moderate Connects: Knoxville Urban Wilderness

The trails beginning at Anderson School descend through a wooded valley over an easy grade into the Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area. The trail crosses private property made accessible by easements granted by the landowners. Please respect the private property and stay on the trail. These trails are part of Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness South Loop Trail System. Please remember that Anderson School has students present during school hours. Limited parking is available during

Baker Creek Preserves features five multi-use, two-way trails, and three designated mountain bike downhill trails for more experienced riders, providing 7.1 miles of hiking and biking opportunities for beginners to extreme adventure mountain bikers! Five of the eight trails are for both hiking and biking and include a virtually flat beginner trail. The three dedicated downhill mountain bike trails introduce a different style of trail into the Urban Wilderness trail system. The Junior Pump Track and the Little Devil Junior Trail were built to introduce children, and their families, to the sport of mountain biking. Users can connect to the 42 miles South Loop Trail System by way of a pedestrian bridge across Redbud Road. Note: Riding a mountain bike downhill or gravity trail is an extreme sport with riders at high speeds on steep slopes. These trails are one way (downhill) only. Proper experience and gear, including helmets, pads, and mouth guards, are recommended as the potential for crashes and injury is high.

See Also: Urban Wilderness Section

CHARTER DOYLE GREENWAY 5100 W Martin Mill Pike Paved Trail: 0.4-mile loop Natural Trail: 0.1 mile one-way

Charter Doyle Greenway rolls through the vast open space of Charter Doyle Park, creating a series of loops. For those that enjoy wandering through the woods, the greenway offers a spur to the Mildred Doyle For more info, please visit OutdoorKnoxville.com.


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COMMUNITY UNITY GREENWAY

4536 Joe Lewis Rd. 1107 Daylily Dr. Paved Trail: 0.6-mile loop

The Community Unity Greenway, adjacent to the Montgomery Village Housing Area, provides residents a nice paved loop to walk, run, skate or cycle. The greenway is fairly easy going with a few steep slopes.

FORKS OF THE RIVER WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT

3140 McClure Lane • 331 acres 5907 Burnett Creek Road Natural Trails: 8.4 miles Type: singletrack, dirt/gravel roads Difficulty: easy to moderate Connects: Will Skelton Greenway, Knoxville Urban Wilderness

Part of the Knoxville Urban Wilderness, the Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area can be accessed from McClure Lane, Burnett Creek Road or by way of Ijams Nature Center on the Will Skelton Greenway. The park offers diverse terrain comprised of hardwood forests, hedgerows,

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FORT DICKERSON PARK GREENWAY & TRAIL

the Fort Dickerson Greenway winds through the forest canopy to the towering cliffs of the Fort Dickerson Park quarry. The greenway terminates at a deep pool of turquoise water. There is an optional loop trail that ventures along the length of the cliffs

Natural Trail: 0.9 mile one-way Difficulty: moderate

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SUTTREE LANDING PARK 1015 Phillips Ave • 8.3 acres PAVED TRAIL: 0.6 mile one-way Just minute from downtown, this beautiful park hugs the shoreline of the Tennessee River, providing a wonderful waterfront play space for walkers, runners, paddlers, anglers, and children of all ages. This 8.3-acre linear park features a festival/event lawn, children’s playground, put-in for kayakers, three accessible river overlooks, picnic tables, and a lighted Riverwalk. Picnic tables, bike racks, and precast concrete and backed benches are scattered throughout, providing opportunity for visitors to leisurely enjoy the park and scenic views along the Tennessee River. Future plans include restrooms, concessions, a storage area for non-motorized watercraft, and an accessible boat ramp.

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GARY UNDERWOOD GREENWAY

6135 Moore Rd. Paved Trail: 0.8-mile loop

Winding through tall pines and large open fields, the Gary Underwood Greenway winds around the perimeter of Gary Underwood Park—a perfect place to walk, run, bicycle, and walk your dog.

HIGH GROUND PARK TRAILS 1000 Cherokee Trail Natural Trail: 1 mile one-way Difficulty: easy

The trail at High Ground Park, site of a Civil War fort, opens to a wildflower meadow where chairs invite users to sit for a spell. A nature trail leaves the meadow to wind past the remnants of defensive emplacements. As the leaves fall in winter, views of Fort Stanley, Fort Dickerson, and the Loghaven Ridge can be seen, as well as scenic views across the Tennessee River to the UT campus and downtown Knoxville.

I.C. KING PARK TRAILS 3440 Alcoa Highway Natural Trails: 8 miles Difficulty: easy to moderate

There are just under 8 miles of multi-use trails at I.C. King Park. Skirting the shoreline of Knob Creek, an inlet of the Tennessee River, and winding through heavily forested woods, these easy-to-moderate trails are a local favorite for hikers, trail runners, and mountain bikers. The shoreline and main trails are low in elevation change, but the trails that climb to the ridge are more strenuous with steep descents.

IJAMS NATURE CENTER & MEADS QUARRY TRAILS

Ijams Parking: 2915 Island Home Ave. Mead’s Quarry Parking: 3518 Island Home Pike Paved Trails: 0.25 miles Natural Trails: 12.3 miles Difficulty: easy to moderate Connects: Knoxville Urban Wilderness, Will Skelton Greenway The tranquil trails on the river side of Ijams Nature Center wind through undisturbed woods and along the boardwalk where the Tennessee

River flows below. These trails are open to hikers and trail runners. The multi-use trails across the road at Ross Marble/ Meads Quarry are part of Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness South Loop Trail System. The trails wander around an old quarry taking you past gated caves and uniquely carved marble shelves, then over the rock bridge and underneath the “keyhole” before looping back to the main trail. Trails in this area are a combination of shale and undisturbed soil and heavily manipulated soils and rock. Several easy bridge crossings will enhance your way through the Ross Marble Quarry where trail builders used discarded rock to create a unique trail experience. Hiking-only trails take you past the historic Stanton Cemetery to the top of the ridge where you’ll find an overlook of the turquoise Mead’s Quarry Lake.

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KNOX BLOUNT GREENWAY

UT Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus: 2450 E J. Chapman Dr. Marine Park: 2201 Alcoa Highway Paved Trail: 2.1 miles linear Connects: Neyland Greenway, Marine Park The Knox Blount Greenway is still under construction.

South Loop Trail System: 42 miles Main Loop: 12.5 miles Baker Creek Preserve: 7.1 miles Type: single track, dirt roads, greenway Difficulty: beginner to advanced

Connects: Ijams Nature Center, Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area, Anderson School Trails, William Hastie Natural Area and Marie Myers Park, Baker Creek Preserve, and Will Skelton Greenway Just three miles from downtown, Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness presents a unique playground for hikers, mountain bikers, and trail runners.

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HOWARD PINKSTON GREENWAY

This half-mile stretch of the Howard Pinkston Greenway begins at French Memorial Park, and passes by the Howard Pinkston Branch Library, on its northward march to Bonny Kate

Currently, the Knox Blount Greenway spans from Marine Park, along the shore of the Tennessee River, passes the UT Practice Golf Course and Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus and connects to the Neyland Greenway via the J.E. “Buck” Karnes Bridge. The next phase will be to continue the greenway south from Marine Park to join the Alcoa-Maryville greenway system. The final phase of the greenway will eventually continue through Townsend to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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The Urban Wilderness features a total of 50 miles of multi-use trail for all levels of users. The 12.5-mile South Loop Trail System connects Ijams Nature Center, Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area, Anderson School Trails, William Hastie Natural Area, and Marie Myers Park. Approximately 30 miles of secondary trails accommodate users from beginner to

advanced, on dozens of trails of varying terrain. Baker Creek Preserve, with eight additional miles of trail, connects into the existing 42 miles of trail in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness by way of a pedestrian bridge over Redbud Road. Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness is made up of three areas: The South Loop Trails, Baker Creek Preserve, and the future Battlefield Loop. Eventually joined by trails,

GET OUT AND HIT THE TRAILS! If it’s been a while since you laced up your hiking boots or if you’re new to hiking, choose a trail that is somewhat short, relatively flat, and easy to navigate and then work your way up to the longer, more technical trails. Here are a few easy hikes that welcome event the youngest family member or new hiker and a few hikes that will require more effort but will reward you with some fantastic views.

3 Family Hikes: • T he Sycamore Loop Trail at Baker Creek Preserves in the Urban Wilderness is a great place for new hikers. Wandering through two valleys, the 1.2-mile trail is relatively flat and wide, making it ideal for a family hike. Challenge the kids to see who can find the largest tree on the Preserve. • R oss Marble Quarry Loop starts at Meads Quarry in the Urban Wilderness. The 1.2-mile trail takes you over an elevated walkway to the top of the rock bridge for panoramic views of the quarry gorge. Wander underneath the “keyhole” to witness the quarry’s work with its uniquely carved marble shelves and rock faces. • C arl Cowan Park/Admiral Farragut Park Trail winds along the shoreline of the Tennessee River between Carl Cowan Park and Admiral Farragut Park. This woodsy little trail that is delightful to hike offering picturesque views of the river with several access points to the water’s edge. Large rock overlooks make a perfect stage for a picnic, while the sandy shoreline invites wading through the surf or letting your dog enjoy a swim.

3 Hikes With a View: • Just minutes from downtown, at Baker Creek Preserve in the Urban Wilderness, Best Medicine Trail (0.8 mile one-way) is carved into the steep north-facing slope and winds to the top of Pappy’s Peak. Here you will enjoy stunning views of Knoxville and parts beyond. On a clear day, you might spot the windmills on Buffalo Mountain. • Just 10 minutes north from downtown, the trails at Sharp’s Ridge Memorial Park is noted for having the best view of the Knoxville skyline and the distant mountain peaks. • O nly 30 minutes from downtown, climbing to the crest of House Mountain National Park lands you on Knox County’s highest point at 2,100 feet. The West End Overlook presents views of the Cumberland Mountains to the north, the Smoky Mountains to the south, and a glimpse of downtown Knoxville on the horizon. For more info, please visit OutdoorKnoxville.com.

these three unique areas will stretch from Alcoa Highway on the west to Ijams Nature Center on the east, connecting downtown, neighborhoods, schools, and existing and emerging businesses.

See Also: Urban Wilderness Section

MARBLE SPRINGS TRAILS

1220 W. Gov. John Sevier Highway Natural Trail: 1.0 mile one-way

Marble Springs State Historic Site was the last home of Tennessee’s first Governor, John Sevier. The site features the original two-story pine log house and a few other historic 18th-century buildings that have been transported there. Marble Springs offers tours, events and demonstrations, giving visitors a glimpse into late 18th and early 19th-century life. If you enjoy bird watching–bluebirds, hawks, hummingbirds, and wild turkey are just a few of the species that you can observe wandering the nature trails that surround the homestead. There is an admission price for touring the farmstead, but the beautiful trails are open to the public during visitor hours.

MARY VESTAL GREENWAY 401 Maryville Pike Paved Trail: 0.4 miles one-way Natural Trail: 0.6 mile one-way

Mary Vestal Greenway winds alongside the scenic Goose Creek, starting from the South Knoxville Community Center. The greenway crosses Maryville Pike into Mary Vestal Park. From the park, a crushed stone/soft surface trail follows the creek to Blount Ave.

SAM DUFF GREENWAY 4060 Chapman Highway Paved Trail: 0.25 loop Natural Trail: short

This former track, now converted into a greenway, provides a scenic loop within the Sam Duff Memorial

south Park—perfect for those who enjoy walking and running laps. There is a short nature trail that connects to the neighborhood.

WILLIAM HASTIE NATURAL AREA/MARIE MYERS TRAILS

1302 Margaret Road • 75 acres Length: 6.4 miles Type: single track, old roads Difficulty: easy to moderate Connects: Knoxville Urban Wilderness

Just a few miles from downtown, the trails at William Hastie Natural Area provide hikers, trail runners, and mountain bikers with 4.7 miles of trail, combined with a few old roads. These beautiful trails weave through heavily forested property, and range from easy to moderate with a few technical sections, short hills, and switchbacks to navigate. These trails are part of Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness South Loop, which provides the 2-mile connector trail that winds through Marie Myers Park to the trails at Ross Marble Quarry at Ijams Nature Center.

Note: There is no parking area for access to Marie Myers Park. See Also: Urban Wilderness Section

WILL SKELTON GREENWAY

Island Home Park: 2225 Estelle Circle Paved Trail: 3.62 miles linear Connects: Ijams Nature Center Trails, Forks of the River Trails

Originating at Island Home Park, the Will Skelton Greenway winds along the banks of the Tennessee River. The greenway continues snaking through the woods and enters the peaceful sanctuary of Ijams Nature Center. Proceeding through the park, the greenway then journeys over to the Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area. This greenway is a part of Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness South Loop Trail System. Get Out and Play! 37


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From major parks named for previous mayors to small neighborhood pocket parks, North Knoxville features a wide variety of greenspaces and amenities. Two dog parks, over 13 miles of paved greenways, and four parks with natural, multi-use trail systems can be found among the many recreation areas in north Knox County.

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EDGEWOOD PARK

FOUNTAIN CITY SKATEPARK

Conveniently located next to a library, this park features a playground and swings to occupy the kids while parents enjoy a stroll around the sidewalk encircling the park.

This skatepark may lack a pool or a halfpipe, but the centerpiece of the plaza has a two-level, 7,200 square-foot paved area.

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ADAIR PARK

CLAYTON PARK

FOUNTAIN CITY PARK

Butterfly gardens and a duck pond adorn the landscape of Adair Park. Enjoy the playground or romp across the open fields where tall hardwoods dot the landscape. The paved Sue Clancy Greenway makes several loops through the park with a couple of bridge crossings over Adair Creek.

Clayton Park features 11 acres adjacent to Beaver Creek with natural wetlands and a paved 0.2-mile walking loop. The park includes a playground, picnic shelter with six tables, restrooms, bike racks, a grill, and drinking fountain with pet fountain attached. A paved connection to the Halls Greenway will be completed by year end.

The heart of Fountain City features a heart-shaped duck pond with its own walking trail. Wander across the street to the main section of Fountain City Park and stroll along the paved greenway that winds past the playground, basketball court, and an array of picnic and gathering facilities.

PARKS 1807 Adair Dr. • 39 acres Paved Trail: 1.1-mile loop

Features: playground, greenway, picnic area, shelter, restrooms

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7345 Norris Freeway • 11 acres Paved Trail: 0.2-mile loop

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117 Hotel Rd. • 8 acres Paved Trail: 0.3-mile loop

Features: greenway, playground, basketball court, picnic area, shelter, fishing

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HALLS COMMUNITY PARK 6983 Recreation Lane • 35 acres Paved Trail: 1.4 miles one-way Natural Trail: short

Halls Community Park provides six baseball fields along with a concession stand and restrooms that are open on game days. The scenic Halls Greenway starts at the Halls Community Center, winds along Beaver Creek past the wetlands area and terminates at the Halls Branch Library. The crescent-shaped nature trail offers views of the wetlands area.

Features: greenway, trails, wildlife

BEVERLY PARK

5311 Beverly Park Circle • 90 acres Paved Trail: 0.6-mile loop Natural Trail: 1.4-mile loop Difficulty: easy to moderate

The rolling terrain of the paved greenway loop edges along a meadow, fringed by a pine and hardwood forest, while the nature trail leads as a singletrack through the woods before opening to a wider mowed path. Enjoy scenic hikes for wildflowers and bird watching, or fishing in the pond.

Features: greenway, trail, mountain bikes, wildflowers, wildlife watching, fishing, golf course

BORIGHT PARK

2701 Boright Ave. • 1 acre

Boright Park is uniquely situated in the median strip of this quiet North Knoxville neighborhood. Lined with trees, there is a paved sidewalk looping the park, so the kids can play on the playground while the parents For more info, please visit OutdoorKnoxville.com.

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Paved Trail: 0.2-mile loop Nature Trail: 0.2-mile loop

viewing, bicycles, skateboarding, baseball, playground, picnic area, shelter, restrooms

INSKIP PARK & POOL 4204 Bruhin Rd. • 12 acres

After a game of volleyball or tennis, you can cool off during the summer months at the pool. Enjoy a leisurely stroll on the paved greenway loop that encircles the playground and picnic area or wander along

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the nature trail that spurs into the forest. The new 9-hole disc golf course was designed for ages 8 to 12 to try out the sport and gain skills, but it is open to all ages and skill levels.

LONSDALE PARK

2705 Stonewall St. • 4 acres Paved Trail: 0.3-mile loop

A paved greenway weaves through Lonsdale Park, passing by the basketball court, picnic shelters, and play

Features: greenway, skateboards, trails, disc golf, tennis, volleyball, swimming, playground, picnic area,

SHARP’S RIDGE MEMORIAL PARK & TRAILS 329 Sharps Ridge Memorial Park Dr. • 111 acres Just 10 minutes from downtown, Sharp’s Ridge Memorial Park offers a great view of the city skyline and the distant mountain peaks. About three-quarters of the way to the top of the ridge, there is an overlook platform featuring signage identifying the peaks that are most familiar to us. There are 4.7 miles of multi-use trails that wind across the wooded hills. Birdwatchers might want to join one of the Knoxville Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society’s bird walks. The trails can be accessed from the neighborhood on Hanover/Ridge Road; from the bottom trailhead, just across from the picnic area; and from the upper parking area by the cell tower. NATURAL TRAIL: 4.7-mile loop and a 0.6-mile downhill only DIFFICULTY: moderate to advanced There are 4.7 miles of multi-use trails that wind across the wooded hills. The trails can be accessed from the neighborhood on Hanover/Ridge Road; from the bottom trailhead just across from the picnic area; and from the upper parking area by the cell tower. Starting adjacent to the upper parking lot, the Gravity Jump Trail is 0.6 miles and is a black diamond expert only trail for mountain bikers - no foot traffic or dogs are allowed. Sharp Ridge trails drain extremely well and are a great place to hike or ride when other Knoxville trails are too wet.

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areas. The bridge takes you over the Lonsdale Creek to another play area. The park is adjacent to the Lonsdale Elementary School and the Lonsdale Recreation Center.

Features: greenway, bicycles, skateboards, basketball, playgrounds, picnic area, shelter

NEW HARVEST PARK

4775 New Harvest Lane • 43 acres Paved Trails: Two 0.25-mile loops Natural Trail: 0.5-mile loop Difficulty: easy to moderate

Bordered by a hardwood ridge on the north and a wetland pond on the south, New Harvest Park features scenic walking loops both paved and natural surface. There is a playground and splash pad for the kids plus an amphitheater and community building for gatherings.

Features: greenway, trails, hiking, mountain biking, splash pad, playground, picnic area, shelter, restrooms

NORTH HILLS PARK

2419 Kennington Rd. • 1 acre

Situated behind houses, this small pocket park is tucked into the neighborhood so it may not catch your eye when driving by. A paved walking trail runs along the perimeter of the park, looping the playground.

Features: greenway, bicycles, skateboards, playground, picnic area, shelter

NORTHWEST MIDDLE SCHOOL PARK

5301 Pleasant Ridge Rd. • 14 acres Paved Trail: 1.9-mile loop Connects: Pleasant Ridge Greenway, Victor Ashe Greenway, Victor Ashe Park

There are two soccer fields, two tennis courts, and a roller hockey court as well as plenty of open space for your choice of lawn play. The Northwest Greenway makes a figure eight loop around the playing fields and has a linear connector trail to the Victor Ashe Greenway in Victor Ashe Park.

Features: greenway, soccer fields,

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POWELL LEVI PARK

7222 Martingale Dr. • 23 acres

Powell Levi Park offers five baseball and two softball fields plus an area for football. During games, the concession stand and restrooms are open.

Features: baseball, playground, picnic area, shelter, restrooms

POWELL STATION PARK

2318 W. Emory Rd. • 3 acres Paved Trail: 0.1-mile loop Nature Trail: 0.3 mile one-way Connects: Powell Greenway

Situated next to Powell High School, there is a skatepark, playground, and splash pad. The paved loop circles the play area and connects with the Powell Greenway, while the nature trail winds over to the creek. The Park features a new 9-hole disc golf course that offers some difficulty as a few shots play through tightly wooded hallways.

Features: greenway, trail, disc golf, skateboards, playground, splash pad, picnic area, shelter, restrooms

S & J COLQUITT MEMORIAL PARK 330 Larch Ave. • 6 acres

This neighborhood park has plenty of open space for a game of touch football or to romp with your kids and pets, and offers a playground and picnic tables for community use.

Features: playground, picnic area

SAM E. HILL PARK

1725 Delaware Ave. • 2 acres

Located in the Lonsdale community, this park provides a softball/baseball field, a basketball court, a playground, open space and a gazebo. A walking trail winds through the park connecting the picnic and playground areas.

Features: skateboards, basketball, baseball, playground, picnic area, shelter

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SHARP’S RIDGE MEMORIAL PARK

329 Sharps Ridge Memorial Park Dr. • 111 acres Natural Trail: 4.7-mile loop and 0.6-mile downhill only Difficulty: moderate to advanced

Just 10 minutes from downtown, Sharp’s Ridge Memorial Park offers a great view of the city skyline and the distant mountain peaks. About three-quarters of the way to the top of the ridge, there is an overlook platform featuring signage identifying the peaks that are most familiar to us. There are 4.7 miles of multiuse trails that wind across the wooded hills. Birdwatchers might want to join one of the Knoxville Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society’s bird walks. The trails can be accessed from the neighborhood on Hanover/ Ridge Road; from the bottom trailhead, just across from the picnic area; and from the upper parking area by the cell tower.

Features: picnic area, shelter, trails,

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STERCHI HILLS PARK

1145 Dry Gap Pike • Soccer Complex: 2065 Rifle Range Dr. • 12 acres Paved Trail: 2.1 miles linear Connects: Sterchi Hills Greenway, Tommy Schumpert Park

The Sterchi Hills Soccer Complex abuts the northeast end of Tommy Schumpert Park, off Rifle Range Road, while the playground, tennis, and basketball courts reside on Dry Gap Pike a couple miles west. Connecting these two is the scenic Sterchi Hills Greenway.

Features: greenway, bicycling, skateboarding, soccer, basketball, tennis, playground, picnic area, shelter, restrooms, accessible

TOMMY SCHUMPERT PARK 6400 Fountain City Rd. • 73 acres Paved Trail: 0.75-mile loop Connects: Sterchi Hills Park and Greenway

GET OUT AND GET MOUNTAIN BIKING! For the Ladies!

For Everyone!

If you are, or want to be, a lady mountain bike rider, the Bell Joy Ride Knoxville group is open to all women at all levels. The monthly Bell Joy Rides are mountain bike rides for women looking for both camaraderie and a little challenge in a fun and supportive environment. Their rides are pressure-free and worry-free, making sure that every rider is comfortable with the pace of the group and that no section of trail is beyond their ability level. The monthly Joy Rides are designed to suit all skill levels. The focus of the Joy Rides is simple: discover new places and make new connections while having fun on two wheels! Find them on Facebook at Bell Joy Ride – Knoxville

The Appalachian Mountain Bike Club offers the AMBC’s Big Group ride every Tuesday evening (March through October). Riders tour the trails of Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness (including Ross Marble, Marie Myers Park, Hastie Natural Area, Forks of the River and more). Riders meet at the Meads Quarry parking lot ready to ride at 6 p.m. The ride usually has 30 or more riders, which always break off into two or three sub-groups, depending on skill level, familiarity with the trails, or desire to ride hard or take it easy!

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Hills Greenway. The greenway winds alongside the creek and through several neighborhoods before ending its 2-mile stretch at Sterchi Hills Park. For your four-legged friends, the Tommy Schumpert PetSafe Dog Park is a big hit.

Bordered by a hardwood forest, Tommy Schumpert Park features a baseball field and three large multi-use fields, an 18-hole disc golf course, a large picnic shelter and restrooms. For runners and walkers, there’s a paved loop within the park that encircles the dog park and connects to the Sterchi

Features: greenway, bicycling, skateboarding, soccer, disc golf, dog park, playground, picnic area, shelter, restrooms

VICTOR ASHE PARK

volleyball, and a tournament-quality 18-hole disc-golf course. Kids love the large playground and greenway—perfect for bicycles, skates, and scooters. Anglers have water access for fishing. And the dogs get their very own off-leash dog park. A connector trail links the Victor Ashe Greenway to the Northwest Greenway, which gives access to the amenities at the Northwest Middle School

4901 Bradshaw Rd. • 120 acres Paved Trail: 0.8 mile one-way Natural Trail: 1.5 miles loop Connects: Northwest School Park and Greenway

Victor Ashe Park is a one-stop park for a variety of pursuits. Runners and walkers enjoy the paved and natural surface trails, while sports players can use multiple soccer and football fields, a dual court for sand

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SHARP'S RIDGE Park. The Pleasant Ridge Greenway that parallels Pleasant Ridge Road allows users to make a full loop around the two parks.

Features: greenway, trails, dog park, disc golf, fishing, playground, picnic tables, restrooms, accessible

DOG PARKS TOMMY SCHUMPERT PETSAFE DOG PARK 6400 Fountain City Rd.

Within Tommy Schumpert Park are two off-leash areas comprising the PetSafe Dog Park. The 30-pound and under area allows smaller dogs to mingle together while the second fenced area is open to dogs of any size. The small-dog park is a mix of grass and mulch along with people benches. The “all sizes” dog area has a mulched walking trail and a pond with a dock.

DOGWOOD DOG PARK AT VICTOR ASHE PARK 4901 Bradshaw Rd.

Beautiful hardwoods surrounding this 1-acre off-leash dog park create a nice retreat where canine friends can enjoy ramps, tunnels, and jumps and then refresh at the For more info, please visit OutdoorKnoxville.com.

doggy fountain. People benches are provided.

GREENWAYS AND TRAILS ADAIR AND SUE CLANCY GREENWAY 1807 Adair Dr. Paved Trail: 1.1-mile loop

The peaceful setting of the Sue Clancy Greenway within Adair Park features a series of loops that take you past the park amenities that include: open spaces, swings and benches and a bridge over a duck pond. Crossing Adair Drive there is a half-mile greenway extension that currently dead ends at Adair Creek.

BEVERLY PARK GREENWAY AND TRAILS 5311 Beverly Park Circle Paved Trail: 0.6-mile loop

The paved Beverly Park Greenway loops the rolling terrain of Beverly Park against a beautiful hardwood forest backdrop. There is a scenic nature trail that starts to the left of the parking area and winds through the lush woods before splitting into two loop trails. The left loop continues

to skirt the golf course while the right loop leads to the meadow and pond.

Natural Trail: 1.4-mile loop Difficulty: easy to moderate

The trail starts in the woods and then opens to a wide mowed path, skirting the junior golf course before splitting into two loops. Heading to the left, the path goes slightly uphill and then makes a loop with the golf course butting against one edge. The other loop heads to the right and climbs a short hill before circling a large grassy meadow—great for wildflower enthusiasts and bird-watchers.

FOUNTAIN CITY GREENWAY 117 Hotel Rd. Paved Trail: 0.3-mile loop

Fountain City Greenway is located within the bustling Fountain City Park. Although this park borders a busy street, the greenway provides a tranquil walkway that weaves through tall hardwoods, crosses a small creek, and passes by the park’s natural spring.

HALLS GREENWAY

6983 Recreation Lane Paved Trail: 1.2 miles one-way Natural Trail: short

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scenic path that connects the Halls Community Park with the Halls Branch Library and adjacent neighborhoods. Heading north from the parking area, the 0.9-mile trail follows Beaver Creek on its way to the library. On the way to the library 2 connector trail spur off the main greenway—0.2 mile that connects with Country Meadow Lane and a 0.1 mile with Andersonville Pike. In the Park, a crescent-shaped nature trail veers right off the main greenway to an overlook of the wetlands area.

INSKIP GREENWAY

4204 Bruhin Rd. Paved Trail: 0.2-mile loop Nature Trail: 0.2-mile loop

The paved walkway loops around a new pavilion and playground area. A nature trail explores the peaceful woods behind the park. There are beautiful wildflowers along both trails.

LONSDALE GREENWAY 2705 Stonewall St. Paved Trail: 0.3-mile loop

The Lonsdale Greenway is designed for neighborhood residents to enjoy while visiting Lonsdale Park. The greenway connects Lonsdale Elementary School to the Lonsdale Recreation Center located at the other end of the park.

MALCOLM MARTIN GREENWAY

2247 Western Ave. Paved Trail: 0.3-mile loop

The Malcolm Martin Greenway is a small loop trail that circles the playground and shelter area on the eastern section of Malcolm Martin Park. There is another small greenway trail adjacent to the Ed Cothren Pool. Patrons may access the greenway by Get Out and Play! 43


north parking in Malcolm Martin Park, or by using the sidewalks along Western Avenue.

MAPLE DRIVE GREENWAY 2540 Maple Dr. Paved Trail: 0.3-mile loop

The Maple Drive Loop was designed in conjunction with the Fountain City Skatepark.

NEW HARVEST GREENWAY AND TRAILS 4775 New Harvest Lane Paved Trails: Two 0.25-mile loops

Touring New Harvest Park, the greenway skirts along the wooded hillside and loops back to the parking area. Across the street, another paved loop circles a scenic preserved wetlands area. A quarter of the way around the main paved loop, a mowed trail ascends to the hardwood forest that borders the park. The trail winds along the wooded ridge before descending back to the parking area.

Natural Trail: 0.5-mile loop Difficulty: easy to moderate

A quarter of the way around the paved greenway at New Harvest Park, a mowed trail ascends to the hardwood forest ridge. As you enter the woods, a singletrack trail treks across the ridge and then winds down the hillside to end on the west side of the park. During winter months, views from both sides of the ridge showcase the valleys below.

NORTHWEST GREENWAY

5301 Pleasant Ridge Rd. Paved Trail: 1.9-mile loop Connections: Pleasant Ridge Greenway, Victor Ashe Greenway, Victor Ashe Park

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ADAIR PARK Northwest Middle School Park. Behind the school, a 0.9-mile connector trail snakes alongside Green Heron Creek and passes by several horse and llama farms before joining the Victor Ashe Greenway.

from Powell Middle School to Powell High School. Powell Station Park, adjacent to the high school, provides an access to the Powell Greenway. Parking is available at the park or either one of the schools.

PLEASANT RIDGE GREENWAY

SHARP’S RIDGE MEMORIAL PARK TRAIL

5325 Pleasant Ridge Rd. Paved Trail: 1.7 miles linear Connections: Pleasant Ridge Greenway, Victor Ashe Greenway, Victor Ashe Park

The Pleasant Ridge Greenway is a paved path that runs parallel to Pleasant Ridge Road, providing a safe path from Northwest Middle School Park to Victor Ashe Park. This short greenway connection to the Victor Ashe Greenway and the Northwest Greenway provides users with a long, looped route to enjoy.

POWELL GREENWAY

Powell Station Park: 2318 Emory Rd. Powell High School: 2136 Emory Rd. Powell Middle School 3329 Emory Rd. Paved Trail: 1.7 miles one-way

Running parallel to Emory Road, this well-used greenway provides a safe route for students and residents to travel from neighborhoods to schools, parks, and shops within this corridor. The greenway extends

329 Sharps Ridge Natural Trail: 4.7-mile loop and a 0.6 mile downhill only Difficulty: moderate to advanced

There are 4.7 miles of multiuse trails that wind across the wooded hills. The trails can be accessed from the neighborhood on Hanover/Ridge Road; from the bottom trailhead, just across from the picnic area; and from the upper parking area by the cell tower. Starting adjacent to the upper parking lot, the Gravity Jump Trail is 0.6 miles and is a black diamond expert only trail for mountain bikers - no foot traffic or dogs are allowed. Sharp Ridge trails drain extremely well and are a great place to hike or ride when other Knoxville trails are too wet.

STERCHI HILLS GREENWAY

Sterchi Hills Park: 1145 Dry Gap Pike Tommy Schumpert Park: 6400 Fountain City Rd.

Paved Trail: 2.1 miles linear

From flat to gently rolling hills, the Sterchi Hills Greenway stretches from the west end of Sterchi Hills Park all the way to the east end of Tommy Schumpert Park. The middle section of this scenic corridor runs along gently rolling hills that parallel a power line cut.

VICTOR ASHE PARK GREENWAY AND TRAILS 4901 Bradshaw Rd. Paved Trail: 0.8 miles one-way

The greenway connects to the Northwest Greenway along Green Heron Creek, a tributary of Third Creek. This greenway is a favorite for dog owners and their leashed dogs, as it is adjacent to a public dog park, Dogwood Park. Victor Ashe Greenway also features a leg that connects the park to Pleasant Ridge Greenway along Pleasant Ridge Road.

Natural Trail: 1.5 miles loop Difficulty: easy

Cross-country runners, hikers and dog-walkers enjoy the 1.5 miles of natural surface trails that circumvent Victor Ashe Park. The trails weave through the woods, pass through the disc golf course and loop back to the sports fields. For more info, please visit OutdoorKnoxville.com.


SUMMER HAPPENS When kids get out and play, injuries can happen. When they do, Children’s Hospital is here to provide highly specialized, emergency care for them 24 hours a day.

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PARKS BIG RIDGE STATE PARK

1015 Big Ridge Rd., Maynardville • 3,687 acres 865-992-5523 Natural Trail: 15 miles Difficulty: easy to moderate

Big Ridge State Park rests on the southern shore of Norris Lake, an impoundment of the Clinch River created by the completion of Norris Dam in 1936. Much of the park’s recreational focus centers on the 49-acre Big Ridge Lake where you can enjoy sand volleyball, tennis, horseshoe, basketball and softball. Recreational equipment may be checked out at the park office at no charge. The park’s sandy beach is a popular swimming area in summer months. Trails wind along the Park’s ridges and hollows, over old roadbeds, alongside the lake shores, and beside cemeteries and remnants from early settlements.

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Features: waterway access, hiking, trails, wildflowers, birding, wildlife viewing, tennis, basketball, volleyball, baseball, horseshoes, bicycling, fishing, paddling, swimming, playground, picnic areas, shelters, camping, restrooms, accessible

alternative to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers several added bonuses to the wide range of adventures that can be enjoyed in the park. Leashed dogs are allowed on the trails and the park features almost 35 miles of trails for mountain bikers. Multi-use trails run along the ridge featuring striking panoramic views that showcase the Cumberland Plateau Valley and the Big South Fork River below.

Features: waterway access, trails, hiking, mountain biking, equestrians, skiing, paddling, fishing, swimming, wildflowers, birding, bird watching, restrooms, picnic areas, shelters, camping

COVE LAKE STATE PARK

110 Cove Lake Lane, Caryville • 673 acres 423-566-9701 Paved Trail: 3.5 miles Natural Trail: 1.5-mile loop Connects: Cumberland Trail

Cove Lake State Park is situated in a beautiful mountain valley setting on the eastern edge of the Cumberland Mountains. There are scenic nature trails and bike trails leading through the open grasslands and woodlands. Hikers and rock

climbers will want to explore the Cumberland Trail that leads to the Devil’s Racetrack overlook where dramatic views of the valley can be seen from the jagged rock edges of this steep pinnacle rock. Year-round rowboats and pedal boats are available for rent on the lake, but no personally owned boats are permitted. There are 100 campsites available with water and electrical hookups.

Features: greenway, bicycling, trails, hiking, wildflowers, birding, wildlife viewing, tennis, basketball, volleyball, horseshoes, waterway access, fishing, paddling, swimming, playground, picnic area, shelter, camping, restrooms

FORT LOUDOUN STATE HISTORIC PARK

338 Fort Loudoun Rd., Vonore • 1,200 acres 423-884-6217 Natural Trail: 5.5 miles Connects: Sequoyah Museum, Tellico Lake, Tellico Blockhouse

Much of Fort Loudoun State Historic Park resides on an island on the Tellico Lake, overlooking the Appalachian Mountains. On these historic banks, you can visit the reconstruction of the original 1756 Fort Loudoun, which was

regional built by the British during the French and Indian War. The park’s Interpretive Center can provide detailed information on the reconstructed fort and the area’s history. Along with the park’s historical features there are a variety of recreational activities to enjoy.

Features: trails, hiking, waterway access, fishing, paddling, wildflowers, bird watching

FROZEN HEAD STATE PARK

964 Flat Fork Rd., Wartburg • 13,122 acres 423-346-3318 Natural Trails: 80 miles Type: singletrack, double track and old roads Difficulty: easy to moderate

Showcasing the Cumberland Mountains, Frozen Head State Park and Natural Area features giant sandstone rock formations, bluffs, mountain streams, and waterfalls. On a clear day, the fire tower offers a 360-degree panorama of the Cumberland Plateau, the Tennessee Valley, and the Great Smoky Mountains. This mountainous terrain varies from an elevation

BIG SOUTH FORK NATIONAL RIVER AND RECREATION AREA 4564 Leatherwood Rd., Oneida • 125,000 acres 423-286-7275 Natural Trails: 180 miles Mountain Bike Trails: 35 miles Equestrian Trails: 200 miles River Miles: 80 miles Fishing Streams: 138 miles

Spread out along the Cumberland Plateau, the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area protects the free-flowing Big South Fork River and its tributaries. The park features miles of scenic gorges and sandstone bluffs and is rich with natural and historic features. This less-crowded For more info, please visit OutdoorKnoxville.com.

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of 1,340 feet to over 3,000 feet with 14 mountain peaks. Historic trails pass by old homesteads and remnants left behind from the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Features: trails, hiking, mountain biking, equestrians, wildflowers, birding, wildlife viewing, tennis, basketball, volleyball, horseshoes, waterway access, fishing, paddling, swimming, playgrounds, picnic areas, shelter, camping, restrooms

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146-160 Lakeshore Dr., Andersonville • 1500 acres NATURAL TRAILS: 17.7 miles DIFFICULTY: easy to moderate Loyston Point spreads across a peninsula on the Clinch River arm of Norris Lake. Trails traverse through the beautiful woodland, hug the shoreline of the Clinch River, and ascend to the ridge top for great views of the river below, the Cumberland Mountains to the northwest, and the Smokies to the southeast. The 17.7-mile trail system consists of singletrack, doubletrack, and old roads. While 12.7 miles are multi-use trail open to mountain bikers, hikers, and trail runners, there are 2.5 miles of foot-traffic-only trail that winds through the Hemlock Bluffs Small Wild Area. Water lovers will enjoy the swimming hole, fishing, and paddling along the Point 19 trail. Note: Loyston Point is managed for hunting and habitat conservation by the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency. Check TWRA for hunting dates.

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Features: trails, hiking, bicycling, equestrians, snowshoe/skiing, paddling, fishing, swimming, wildflowers, birding, wildlife viewing, restrooms, picnic areas, shelters, camping

HALL BEND SMALL WILD AREA Hwy 444, Lenoir City • 30 acres 865-632-1334 Nature Trail: 5.0-mile loop Difficulty: moderate Connects: Tellico Lake

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107 Park Headquarters Rd., Gatlinburg • 520,000 acres 865-436-1200 Hiking Trails: 800+ miles Equestrian Trails: 400+ miles River Miles: 700+ miles

Located just past Tellico Dam, the 5-mile Hall Bend trail routes around the west banks of Tellico Lake, forming a loop with excellent views of the lake and wildlife. Within the SWA is a limestone bluff, a well-developed barrens plant community For more info, please visit OutdoorKnoxville.com.


and upland hardwood forest. Barrens plant species include little bluestem grass, orange coneflower, asters and yucca with scattered eastern red cedar trees of considerable size. The open grassy area at the start and the many easy lake access points makes this a popular trail for hikers with dogs who like to play in the water. Hiking to the top of the limestone bluff provides a fabulous view and possible spotting of a bald eagle.

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KINGSTON CITY PARK

333 W. Race St., Kingston • 11 acres 865-376-6584 Connects: Watts Bar Lake, Betty Brown Memorial Walking Trail

Located on Watts Bar Lake, Kingston City Park features two playgrounds, tennis courts, sand volleyball, a basketball court, picnic tables, grills, restrooms, boat ramps and docks. Starting at the park, the Betty Brown Memorial Walking Trail begins a 3-mile shoreline voyage through three parks before ending at Fort South West Point Park.

Features: greenway, wildlife viewing, tennis, basketball, volleyball, waterway access, fishing, paddling, playgrounds, picnic areas, shelters, restrooms

LADD PARK

1470 N. Kentucky St., Kingston • 7 acres 865-376-6584 Connects: Watts Bar Lake, Betty Brown Memorial Walking Trail

On the shoreline of the Clinch River at the mouth of the Emory River, Ladd Park features a skatepark, waterway access for paddlers and anglers, picnic facilities, and a boat ramp and dock. The Betty Brown Memorial Walking Trail runs along the shoreline of the park and invites walkers and runners to enjoy the beautiful waterfront views.

Features: waterway access, fishing, paddling, skateboarding, picnic areas

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LEGION PARK IN LOUDON 201 Ferry St., Loudon • 4.5 acres 865-458-7525 Paved Trail: 0.43-mile loop

Legion Park features a skatepark, baseball field, two playgrounds and a picnic area. For walkers and runners, there is an almost half-mile of paved trail.

Features: greenway, trail, skateboarding, baseball, playgrounds, picnic area, shelter, restrooms

LOUDON MUNICIPAL PARK

1470 Roberson Springs Rd., Loudon • 120 acres 865-458-7525 Paved Trail: 0.5-mile loop Natural Trail: 2 miles

The Loudon Municipal Park features an 18-hole disc golf course, four baseball fields, a soccer field, and a sand volleyball court. For walkers and runners, there is a half-mile paved trail and a 2-plus mile natural surface trail.

Features: greenway, trail, disc golf, baseball, soccer, sand volleyball, playgrounds, picnic areas, shelters, restrooms

OBED WILD AND SCENIC RIVER 208 Maiden St., Wartburg • 500+ acres 423-346-6294 Natural Trails: 27 miles River Miles: 45 miles Connects: Cumberland Trail

Stretched along the Cumberland Plateau, the Obed Wild and Scenic River’s impressive deep gorges were carved out by the Obed River and its two main tributaries, Clear Creek and Daddy’s Creek. This striking landscape produces recreational activities ranging from extreme adventure to more leisurely recreation. While the natural area features 27 miles of mostly easy hiking trails, the main attractions at the Obed are the rocks and river. Climbers have mapped out dozens of routes on the craggy walls and rafters take advantage of the 45-miles of

class II-IV rapids.

Features: waterway access, fishing, paddling, swimming, hiking, wildflowers, wildlife viewing, picnic areas, shelters, camping, restrooms

PANTHER CREEK STATE PARK 2010 Panther Creek Park Rd., Morristown • 1,435 acres 423-587-7046 Natural Trails: 30+ miles Type: singletrack, double track Connects: Cherokee Lake

Located on the Morristown side of Cherokee Lake, the rolling hills and valleys that comprise Panther Creek State Park provide many scenic miles of trail for hikers, trail runners, mountain bikers, and equestrians. The scenic waterfront invites paddlers and fishermen. Campers will find 50 campsites complete with water, electrical hookups, grills, picnic tables, fire rings, and a bathhouse facility with hot showers.

Features: trails, hiking, mountain biking, wildflowers, wildlife viewing, tennis, basketball, soccer, horseshoes, waterway access, fishing, paddling, swimming, playgrounds, picnic areas, shelters, camping, restrooms

ROANE COUNTY PARK

3515 Roane State Highway, Harriman • 52 acres 865-882-2640 Paved Trail: 1.2 mile

Roane County Park, located on Watts Bar Lake, features a variety of fun family activities: playground and splashpad, tennis courts, and baseball field, an 18-hole disc golf course, a 1.2-mile paved walking trail. For water enthusiasts, there’s fishing, paddling, and swimming. Adjacent to the Caney Creek Campground, there are a few lakeside primitive camping spots available.

Features: greenway, wildlife viewing, tennis, baseball, disc golf, waterway access, fishing, paddling, swimming, playgrounds, splashpad, picnic areas,

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SOUTHWEST POINT PARK

1226 S. Kentucky St., Hwy. 58, Kingston • 22 acres 865-376-6584 Connects: Watts Bar Lake, Betty Brown Memorial Walking Trail

Southwest Point Park is located on a hill overlooking Watts Bar Lake where the Clinch River runs into the Tennessee. Besides picnic pavilions, this park includes a sports complex with lighted baseball and softball fields, concession stand, press box, bleachers, and restrooms. There is also a soccer field and a 400-meter track. The 3-mile Betty Brown Memorial Walking Trail runs from Kingston City Park to Southwest Point Park along Watts Bar Lake.

Features: greenway, picnic areas, baseball, soccer, restrooms

GREENWAYS & TRAILS BETTY BROWN MEMORIAL WALKING TRAIL

333 W Race St, Kingston 865-376-6584 Paved Trail: 3 miles one-way Connects: Kingston City Park, South West Point Park, Watts Bar Lake

On the shores of Watts Bar Lake, this 3-mile walking/ jogging trail runs from Kingston City Park to Southwest Point Park all along Watts Bar Lake providing gorgeous views from either direction. Park benches, water fountains and picnic areas are located along the trail. The peaceful lakefront views are augmented with sightings of waterfowl and wildlife. There are plenty of fishing spots along the way with a fishing pier at the Gravel Pit Park. Get Out and Play! 49


regional CHUCK SWAN WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA

3350 Sharps Chapel Road, Sharps Chapel • 25,000 acres 865-278-3248 Natural Trail: 70 miles Type: dirt/gravel roads River Miles: 70 miles

This scenic peninsula between the Powell and Clinch River, on the eastern shores of Norris Lake, features miles of gravel roads to explore. Equestrians and a few mountain bikers are the more popular trail users. There are numerous roads

that loop off the Main Forest Road with additional spurs that head down to the lake and picnic areas. The century-old Mount Olive Baptist church and several old cemeteries, some dating to the early 1800’s are highlights of the area. The major roads are named and marked at intersections. Most of the loops are fairly level, although the Big Spring/Oaks Chapel loop has some steep sections. There are 70 miles of shoreline with waterway access for anglers and paddlers.

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EAST LAKESHORE NATIONAL RECREATION TRAILS Tellico Lake, Loudon County • acres 865-632-1334 Nature Trails: 30+ miles Difficulty: easy to moderate Connects: Tellico Lake

This scenic trail system skirts the eastern shoreline of Tellico Lake and features nine interconnected trails (ranging from 1.2 to 4.5 miles in length) that stretch more than 30 miles. The footpaths are a favorite among hikers, trail runners, birdwatchers, and photographers. There are benches scattered through-

out for users to take in the picturesque views of the lake and for observing the plentiful wildlife and wildflowers. Segments of the trail are self-guided interpretive trails for environmental education and guides are available at the Tellico Village Library in Loudon. Numerous bridges (28) cross the many streams and coves and a nice boardwalk in one trail section will keep you from getting your shoes wet. The most impressive is the 85-foot steel and concrete bridge that rises 15 feet above Coytee Cove (Sinking Creek Branch Trail). Along the trails,

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NATURAL TRAILS: 30+ miles CONNECTS: Tellico Lake Nestled about a half hour west of Knoxville along the banks of the Tellico Reservoir, this scenic trail system skirts the eastern shoreline of Tellico Lake and features nine interconnected trails that stretch more than 30 miles. The footpaths are a favorite among hikers, trail runners, birdwatchers, and photographers. Numerous bridges (28) cross the many streams and coves and a nice boardwalk in one trail section will keep you from getting your shoes wet. The most impressive is the 85-foot steel and concrete bridge that rises 15 feet above Coytee Cove (Sinking Creek Branch Trail). Along the trails, stiles have been built to assist you over fences and benches are scattered throughout for users to take in the picturesque views of the lake while observing the plentiful wildlife and wildflowers. Three signed boat landing areas allow easy access to the trails for paddlers. Segments of the trail are self-guided interpretive trails for environmental education. There is adequate parking at the five trailheads along with a kiosk and trail map. Note: The trails are on public land that is open to hunting, check TWRA for dates.

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regional PANTHER CREEK STATE PARK TRAILS 2010 Panther Creek Park Rd., Morristown • 1,435 acres 423-587-7046 Natural Trails: 30+ miles Type: singletrack, double track and old roads Difficulty: easy to moderate Connects: Cherokee Lake

BIG SOUTH FORK stiles have been built to assist you over fences and benches are scattered throughout for users to take in the picturesque views of the lake while observing the plentiful wildlife and wildflowers. There is adequate parking at the five trailheads along with a kiosk and trail map.

Note: The trails are on public land that is open to hunting, check TWRA for dates.

FORT LOUDOUN STATE HISTORIC PARK TRAILS

338 Fort Loudoun Rd., Vonore • 1,200 acres 423-884-6217 Natural Trail: 5.5 miles Connects: Sequoyah Museum, Tellico Lake, Tellico Blockhouse The 5.5 miles of connecting hiking trails weave through the woodlands, grassy fields, and along the lake’s shore. The shoreline trail beholds impressive vistas of the highest peaks along the Smokies and the Cherokee National Forest. There is also a scenic overlook from the Ridgetop Trail that views both the lake and the distant ridges.

JOHNSON RIDGE TRAIL

226 Lake Dr., Bean Station • 100 acres 865-632-1334 Natural Trail: 1.7-mile loop Difficulty: easy Connects: Cherokee Lake For more info, please visit OutdoorKnoxville.com.

While this TVA recreational trail is open to hikers and trail runners, swimmers and fishermen will appreciate the access to Cherokee Lake. The terrain is gently rolling through hardwoods featuring cedars, large beech trees, and shagbark hickories. The area is speckled with limestone outcroppings and a few sinkholes.

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LOYSTON POINT TRAILS

208 Maiden St., Wartburg • 500+ acres 423-346-6294 Natural Trails: 27 miles Connects: Cumberland Trail

146-160 Lakeshore Dr., Andersonville • 1500 acres 865-623-2101 Natural Trails: 17.7 miles Difficulty: easy to moderate

Loyston Point spreads across a peninsula on the Clinch River arm of Norris Lake. Trails traverse through the beautiful woodland, hug the shoreline of the Clinch River, and ascend to the ridge top for great views of the river below, the Cumberland Mountains to the northwest, and the Smokies to the southeast. The 17.7-mile trail system consists of singletrack, doubletrack, and old roads. While 12.7 miles are multi-use trail open to mountain bikers, hikers, and trail runners, there are 2.5 miles of foot-traffic-only trail that winds through the Hemlock Bluffs Small Wild Area. Water lovers will enjoy the swimming

Note: Loyston Point is managed for hunting and habitat conservation by the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency. Check TWRA for hunting dates. Features: trails, hiking, trail running, bicycling, wildflowers, camping, waterway access, fishing, paddling

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Trails range from short and easy to moderate longer stretches. One of the most popular short and easy trails, ventures over to the Lilly Bluff Overlook where you’ll often view rock climbers bouldering the large house size boulders. Another popular hike is the self-guided Emory River Nature Trail. Be sure and pick up an interpretive brochure at the trailhead. The longer Point Trail winds through the thick forest before traversing along the ridge where overlooks present themselves on both sides of the trail. Day hikers and backpackers will want to explore the linear 14.2-mile trail section of the Cumberland Trail.

Over 30 miles of trail ramble through the tranquil woods at Panther Creek State Park. Some hug the banks of the Cherokee Lake, some explore the depths of the forest, while others stretch across open fields. There’s singletrack, both wide and tight, mowed paths, plus a few old roads. The circuit of looped trails connect to each other allowing you to increase or decrease your mileage. Terrain varies from rock gardens to rolling hills and from easy to strenuous. Hike, run, mountain bike or ride a horse—there’s something for everyone. While hikers have access to all 30 miles of trails, 15 miles are shared with mountain bikers. Equestrians are allowed on 14 miles of hiking trails.

TROTTER BLUFF SMALL WILD AREA

Douglas Dam and Reservoir 865-632-1334 Natural Trail: 1 mile Difficulty: moderate Connects: French Broad River, Douglas Dam Reservation

The one-mile loop trail is moderately difficult and begins dramatically, with breath-taking views of the Great Smoky Mountains from the parking lot. Winding through the forest, the trail features many American chestnut stumps and limestone sinkholes. The bluff itself is a 400-foot cliff that overlooks the French Broad River. In the early spring the ground is covered with wildflowers. Get Out and Play! 51


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BIG TURTLE PARK

BISSELL PARK

Located in west Oak Ridge, Big Turtle Park features a playground, softball field, soccer field, practice soccer

Park features a playground, picnic shelter, performance pavilion, commemorative walk,

100 Monterrey Rd, Oak Ridge 865-425-3450 Natural Trail: 0.8 miles one-way

1401 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge 865-425-3450 Paved Trail: 1.25 mile loop

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friendship bell, and 1.25 mile paved walking trail loop.

CARL YEARWOOD PARK

300 Bus Terminal Rd., Oak Ridge 865-425-3450

Park features a softball field, picnic shelter, skate park, and disc golf course.

DISC GOLF

Challenging but short Par 3 course that surrounds Carl Yearwood Softball field. This course has tee signs, access to a water fountain and restrooms, and there are two different basket locations and tee lengths on each hole. Mix of hardwood and evergreens. Several low ceiling shots and water come into play on a couple of holes.

CEDAR HILL PARK

Moylan Lane, Oak Ridge 865-425-3450

Park features a playground, open turf area, basketball court, softball backstop, walking trail, and picnic shelter.

Natural Trail: 2.5-mile loop with some paved sections Difficulty: Difficult

GROVES PARK AT SOUTH HILLS DISC GOLF COURSE 795 Tuskegee Dr., Oak Ridge 865-425-3450

Known locally as “The Mounds.” The course is situated on a portion of the former South Hills Golf Course property. The 18-hole disc golf course has four tee lengths on each hole to provide a fun challenge for beginners, intermediate players, advanced players, and professionals. Amenities like tee signs and concrete tee pads are coming soon, but more funding is needed to complete them. Two large multipurpose turf-areas, and a walking trail (1.2 miles) are also planned for the park area. The 18-hole course at Groves Park is a long and mostly open course resting upon a beautifully mature landscape.

HAW RIDGE PARK

821 Edgemoor Rd., Oak Ridge • 780 acres 865-425-3450 Natural Trail: 30+ miles Type: single track, old roads

Difficulty: moderate to strenuous Connects: Melton Lake Greenway

Haw Ridge Park, situated on a scenic peninsula along the Clinch River between Knoxville and Oak Ridge, boasts both water and land recreational activities. Weaving through the park, the almost 30 miles of singletrack/dirt road trails accommodate trail runners, hikers and mountain bikers. And it’s a gold mine for the geocachers that come in search of bounty. The 5 miles of Clinch River shoreline furnish anglers and paddlers with their portion of the park to enjoy.

Features: waterway access, fishing, paddling, trails, hiking, mountain biking, wildlife viewing, geocaching, wildflowers

MELTON LAKE PARK

697 Melton Lake Dr., Oak Ridge 865-425-3450 River Miles: 173 miles Connects: Melton Lake Greenway

On the shores of Melton Hill Lake, the beautiful Melton Lake Park provides a boat

Anderson ramp and shoreline access for paddlers and anglers. There is a playground, picnic shelter, and a sand volleyball court. Ride your bike, push a stroller or take a nice run over to the park by way of the scenic Melton Lake Greenway. The lake is also known as one of the best 2,000-meter rowing venues in America.

Features: greenways, accessible pavilion, volleyball, waterway access, fishing, paddling, playgrounds, picnic areas, shelters, restrooms

NORRIS DAM STATE PARK

125 Village Green Circle, Lake City • 4,038 acres 865-426-7461 Natural Trail: 20-mile trail system Type: singletrack, double track and old roads Difficulty: easy to moderate Connects: Norris Watershed Trails

Surrounded by beautiful hardwood forests and miles of Norris Lake shoreline, Norris

This trail traverses a wooded city greenbelt and links Cedar Hill Park, historic central city neighborhoods, the football and soccer fields at Blankenship field, and historic Jackson Square. Handicap Access on paved sections only.

ELZA GATE PARK

101 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge 865-425-3450 Natural Trail: wooded and gravel Distance: 0.7-mile round trip

The park commemorates the historical location of the Eliza Gate. This was the primary entrance into Oak Ridge in the 1940s when it was a secret city as a part of the Manhattan Project. Here you will find trailheads for the Worthington Cemetery Trail and Melton Lake Greenway. For more info, please visit OutdoorKnoxville.com.

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anderson Dam State Park is a recreational haven. Paddlers and anglers seek to explore the 700 miles of pristine shoreline while land adventurers wander through miles of scenic trail that weaves through the park’s valleys and ridges. The state park also features a full line of sporting amenities, a swimming pool, and family activities. Two camping areas are within the park and one primitive site is nestled deep in the woods.

Features: trails, hiking, mountain biking, wildflowers, birding, scenic wildlife, tennis, basketball, volleyball, horseshoes, waterway access, fishing, paddling, swimming, playgrounds, picnic areas, shelters, camping, restrooms

SOLWAY PARK

Edgemoor Rd., Oak Ridge • 2 acres 865-425-3450

Adjacent to Haw Ridge Park, Solway Park features a picnic area, boat ramp, and handicapped accessible fishing pier.

DOG PARKS BIG TURTLE PARK PETSAFE DOG PARK 100 Monterrey Rd, Oak Ridge 865-425-3450

The dog park provides two fenced areas for dogs to exercise off-leash: one for dogs under 30 pounds and one for all dogs. Amenities include benches, pet waste bag dispenser stations, and ADA-accessible water fountains for both dogs and people.

GREENWAY & TRAILS BIG TURTLE PARK

1401 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge 865-425-3450 54 Get Out and Play!

Natural Trail: 0.8 miles one-way

EMORY VALLEY GREENWAY

BLACK OAK RIDGE CONSERVATION EASEMENT

This mostly flat greenway lies a few feet off Emory Valley Road and runs through a natural area along a backwater of Melton Hill Reservoir and along a creek. Users include: walk/jog, pets, bicycles, skates/ rollerblades.

This nature trail highlights six points of interest, including river cane bamboo and a beaver dam.

Blair Road, Oak Ridge 865-425-3450 Natural Trail: 13.7 miles Type: Singletrack and gravel/dirt roads Difficulty: moderate with some steep hills

Black Oak Ridge Conservation Easement is located behind K-25, on the far west side of Oak Ridge. There are about 2.6 miles of singletrack trails and 11 miles of dirt/gravel roads. It is nearly mud-free year-round. The singletrack trails are contour-routed to conserve momentum descending and for relatively easy climbing for mountain bikers and hikers. The trails offer excellent opportunities for bird watching, too.

CEDAR HILL PARK TRAIL

Moylan Lane, Oak Ridge 865-425-3450 Natural Trail: 2.5-mile loop with some paved sections Difficulty: Difficult

This trail traverses a wooded city greenbelt and links Cedar Hill Park, historic central city neighborhoods, the football and soccer fields at Blankenship field, and historic Jackson Square. Handicap Access on paved sections only.

ELZA GATE PARK TRAIL

101 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge 865-425-3450 Natural Trail: wooded and gravel Distance: 0.7-mile round trip

The Worthington Cemetery Trail passes alongside a cemetery with more than fifty graves dating back to the early 1800s, wetlands inhabited by a variety of birds and animals, woodlands, open fields, and a railroad. There is a viewing deck with spotting scope on the northern end of the loop.

Melton Lake Dr. at Emory Valley Rd., Oak Ridge 865-425-3450 Paved: 3.1 miles

GALLAHER BEND GREENWAY Bethel Valley Rd., Oak Ridge 865-425-3450 Gravel: 4.5 miles round trip Difficulty: easy to moderate

This greenway offers a quiet, forested trail with lovely vistas of Melton Lake. Because it is on federal land, users must remain on the trail and obey all postings. Users: walk/jog, pets, bicycles. Note: This area is closed for deer hunts three weekends each fall and several spring weekends for turkey hunts.

HAW RIDGE PARK TRAILS

821 Edgemoor Rd., Oak Ridge • 780 acres 865-425-3450 Natural Trail: 30+ miles Type: single track, old roads Difficulty: moderate to strenuous Connects: Melton Lake Greenway Haw Ridge Park is the place to go for multi-use trails! This TWRA Wildlife Management Area is a favorite destination for cross-country runners, hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians. Featuring almost 30 miles of singletrack mixed with a few old connecting roads, you’ll want to be sure and bring a trail map.

Note: The Park closes for hunting season. Check tn.gov/twra for dates.

MELTON LAKE GREENWAY

Elza Gate Park: 101 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge Melton Lake Park: 697 Melton Lake Dr., Oak Ridge Haw Ridge Park: 821 Edgemoor Rd, Oak

Ridge 865-425-3450 Paved Trail: 5.7 miles linear Connects: Melton Lake Park and Haw Ridge Park

This peaceful waterfront trail parallels the western shore of Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge and is enjoyed by walkers, runners, cyclists and roller skaters. The greenway skirts Melton Lake as it travels to its terminus at the north face of Haw Ridge Park. Along the greenway, Melton Lake Park provides a picnic shelter and playground for families that want to take the greenway to the park. Rated easy to moderate as greenway offers both flat and steep sections.

NORRIS DAM STATE PARK TRAILS

125 Village Green Circle, Lake City • 4,038 acres 865-426-7461 Natural Trail: 20-mile trail system Type: singletrack, double track and old roads Difficulty: easy to moderate Connects: Norris Watershed Trails

Norris Dam State Park provides trail systems in three separate areas and on both sides of Norris Lake. In total, there are 20 miles of wonderful multi-use, natural surface trails. Ten miles of trail lie on the west side of the lake and the other 10 on the east side abutting and connecting to the Norris Watershed Trail System. Trails are multi-use.

NORRIS SONGBIRD TRAIL STATE WILDLIFE OBSERVATION AREA 2121 Norris Freeway, Norris Paved Trail: 0.4 Natural Trail: 2.3-mile loop Difficulty: easy Connects: Clinch River

Across from the Lenoir Museum, Songbird Loop makes its way towards Norris dam by contouring the Clinch River, providing a variety of For more info, please visit OutdoorKnoxville.com.


hunts three weekends each fall and several spring weekends for turkey hunts.

NORTH RIDGE TRAIL

Endicott Ln., Oak Ridge 865-425-3450 Natural Trail: 7.7 mile; Ancillary trail: 2.6 miles Difficulty: Difficult (1850’ cumulative climb)

UT ARBORETUM TRAILS habitats for many songbirds and other wildlife. The Edge Path is a 0.4-mile section of this flat and easy trail and offers a paved, wheelchair accessible path along the river bank along with benches to take a rest. As the name suggests, this is a spot frequented by bird watchers. In the early hours of the day or evening, you can also observe red fox and white-tailed deer. Birdwatchers will enjoy the high concentration of eastern bluebirds breeding in the area. Osprey and bald eagles can occasionally be seen along the river. Along with your binoculars, you might want to bring a fishing rod, as this area is a popular spot for anglers.

Features: trail, hikers, birdwatchers, wildflowers, paddling, fishing, accessible

NORRIS WATERSHED TRAILS 2121 Norris Freeway, Norris 865-494-7645 2,300 acres Natural Trail: 30-mile trail system Type: single track, old roads Difficulty: moderate to strenuous Connects: Norris Dam State Park

Trail system consists of just under 30 miles of a mixture of singletrack and old dirt/gravel roadbeds. Winding on both sides of Lower Clear Creek Rd, trails For more info, please visit OutdoorKnoxville.com.

begin just past the 18th century Rice Grist Mill and Crosby Threshing Barn. Old homesteads and cemeteries are prevalent throughout the area. One of the Watershed’s best features is its ability to dry quickly after inclement weather making this the place to go when other trails are soggy. From moderate to strenuous, the trails snake up and over the hills and wind along the eastern shore of Norris Lake, offering spectacular views of the lake and its surrounding hills and valleys.

NORTH BOUNDARY TRAILS

Oak Ridge Turnpike at West Guard House, Oak Ridge 865-425-3450 Natural Trail: 14.0 miles total (7 miles one-way) Type: single track, gravel/dirt roads Difficulty: moderate to difficult

North Boundary trails pass through ridge-top woodlands, karst bluffs covered in mountain laurel, and creek-side habitats. A variety of wildlife and native plants as well as remnants of pre-Manhattan Project settlements are present. Parking is available at the guard house at the west end of the Oak Ridge turnpike, the gravel North Boundary road skirts around the end of a gate. This area is closed for deer

This National Recreation Trail, designated in 1973, traverses ridge-side woodland and creeks. The trail is mostly sheltered from house and roads. A wide variety of wildlife and native plants inhabit the area. The main trail is blazed white, the Delaware Loop is blazed red, one side trail is blazed yellow, and accesses are blazed blue.

RIVER BLUFF SMALL WILD AREA TRAILS

47 Norris Freeway, Norris • 125 acres 865-623-2101 Natural Trails: 3.2 miles Difficulty: moderate

Just south of TVA’s Norris Dam is a nature wonderland for wildflower enthusiasts and birdwatchers. This is a great trail for observing a large variety of wildflowers in a small area including several rare species. The River Bluff Trail loops a 3.2-mile path through old growth hardwood, following the riverbank below moist limestone bluffs before climbing away from the river and returning along the ridgetop. The trail is easy but there are some steep grades. The trail is marked with white blazes and is in excellent condition. Going counterclockwise at the loop (less than a quarter mile from the trailhead) will have you finishing the hike along the river, thus saving the best for last. Bear right at this intersection and proceed up the hill. Half of the River Bluff Trail follows the ridgeline overlooking the Clinch River, while the

anderson other half stays low along the river bank. The trail is moderate but there are some steep grades.

UT ARBORETUM WALKING TRAILS

901 S. Illinois Ave., Oak Ridge • 250 acres 865-483-3571 Natural Trail: 6 miles Type: single track, dirt roads Difficulty: moderate

The UT Arboretum’s interpretive trails are designed to teach and show ecological points of interest. There are more than 2,500 native and exotic woody plant specimens that represent 800 species, varieties, and cultivars on this 250-acre Research and Education Center. Self-guided nature trails thread the nearly 6 miles of woods open to hikers, photographers and bird-watchers. Interpretive signs describe many of the trees, shrubs, flowering plants, and points of interest along the way. The trails vary in length and difficulty.

WINDROCK MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS 912 Windrock Rd • 550 acres 865-435-3492 Natural Trail: 9 trails - 2150’ drop Type: downhill, cross-country Difficulty: blue and black diamond

Windrock Bike Park features a downhill mountain bike course along with some fun cross-country trails. The 9 trails are a mix of downhill trails and cross-country trails and are considered aggressive and rated difficult to extreme, and are geared towards expert riders! Trails employ steep, rocky, and technical descents with many trail features such as natural and man-made drops and jumps. Open year-round operating shuttles on the weekend. Monday through Friday is self-shuttle. Get Out and Play! 55


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MARYVILLE/ALCOA GREENWAY

Just south of Knoxville, Blount County offers nearly 20 miles of greenway and 19 parks to enjoy. The Maryville-Alcoa Greenway winds a 9-mile paved trail that connects Springbrook Park in Alcoa with several Maryville Parks. For dog lovers, there is a new dog park in town: PetSafe Dog Park at Pistol Creek!

PARKS BICENTENNIAL GREENBELT PARK

Downtown Maryville 865-983-9244 Paved Trail: 2.5 mile Connects: Maryville/Alcoa Greenway

Located in downtown Maryville adjacent to the courthouse, this park serves as a hub for the greenway trail system, with trails leading in three different directions. The 2.5-mile Greenbelt Trail follows Pistol Creek from behind the courthouse to Greenbelt Lake and connects to trails circling the lake. This area also includes the Charles West amphitheater and picnic pavilion, and the Blount County Library is nearby.

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Eagleton Park is located at the corner of Henderson Street and Blount Avenue, next to Eagleton youth baseball fields. This small park has a small pavilion with two tables, charcoal grill, 1.2-mile paved walking trail, two playgrounds and basketball court.

CLAYTONS DISC GOLF COURSE LOUISVILLE POINT PARK 5000 Clayton Rd, Alcoa 865-983-9244

This newly designed 18-hole course is spread over 120 acres beside the Clayton Corporate Headquarters. Beautifully balanced and professionally designed tournament quality course. The front nine are mostly wooded, and the back nine are mostly open. There are 36 baskets in place—shorter blue baskets and longer green ones. First tee is located next to the Clayton Corporate Headquarters where you will find a course map posted at the kiosk near the parking lot. There are two practice baskets.

EAGLETON PARK

Henderson St and Blount Ave., Maryville • 2 acres 865-983-9244

3298 Cox Rd., Louisville • 16 acres 865-983-9244

Surrounded on three sides by the Tennessee River, Louisville Point Park features an abundance of water-related recreational activities (paddling, fishing, swimming) plus a few land gems—sand volleyball, horseshoes and a playground. There are many choice waterside picnic areas for eating, relaxing, and socializing. 

Features: waterway access, fishing, paddling, swimming, wildlife viewing, volleyball, horseshoes, playground, picnic areas, shelters, restrooms 

SANDY SPRINGS PARK

702 Best St., Maryville • 20 acres 865-983-9244 Paved Trail: 1.7 miles Connects: Maryville/Alcoa Greenway

Located in Maryville off Montvale Station Road and Best Street, this linear park is adjacent to a small stream and connects to the Maryville/Alcoa Greenway. The park includes a large playground area, softball fields, lighted tennis courts, and a picnic pavilion.

Features: picnic areas, shelters, trails, tennis, basketball, baseball, playgrounds, restrooms

SINGLETON PARK Topside Rd., Louisville 865-983-9244

Small Passive Park located off Topside Road. Park includes five picnic tables, four fishing benches, fishing pier, and a boat ramp.

SPRINGBROOK PARK/ALCOA DUCK POND

1537 Dalton St., Alcoa • 62 acres 865-983-9244 Paved Trail: 1.4 mile Connects: Maryville-Alcoa Greenway

This multi-purpose park runs from Alcoa High School to Hunt Road along Springbrook Road. It includes a 1.4 mile lighted walking trail along a natural spring, softball field, lighted tennis courts, basketball goals, playgrounds, a duck For more info, please visit OutdoorKnoxville.com.


Bicentennial Greenbelt Park Downtown Maryville 865-983-9244

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PARK CONTACT INFO CITY OF KNOXVILLE PARKS AND RECREATION

3-1-1 or 865-215-4311 400 Main St., Room 303 Knoxville, TN 37902 knoxvilletn.gov/parks

KNOX COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION 865-215-6600 2447 Sutherland Ave. Knoxville, TN 37919 knoxcounty.org/parks

TOWN OF FARRAGUT PARKS & RECREATION 865-966-7057 11408 Municipal Center Dr. Farragut, TN 37934 townoffarragut.org/227/ Parks-Recreation

MARYVILLE-ALCOA-BLOUNT COUNTY TENNESSEE PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION 865-983-9244 316 S. Everett High Rd., Maryville, TN 37804 parksrec.com

OAK RIDGE RECREATION AND PARKS DEPT. 865-425-3450 200 South Tulane Avenue Oak Ridge, TN 37831 orrecparks.oakridgetn.gov 58 Get Out and Play!

TENNESSEE STATE PARKS

615-532-0001 312 Rosa L. Parks Ave. Nashville, TN 37243

TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY (TVA) 800-882-5263 400 W Summit Hill Dr Knoxville, TN 37920 tva.com/Environment/ Recreation

TENNESSEE WILDLIFE RESOURCE AGENCY Region 4 Office 423-587-7037 1-800-332-0900 3030 Wildlife Way Morristown, TN 37814

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

202-208-6843 1849 C Street NW Washington, D.C. 20240

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS REGIONAL GREENWAYS COUNCIL

The Greenways Council brings together representatives of local governments and agencies in the Knoxville region to share information about greenway projects, promote regional greenway linkages, and encourage greenway use.

865-380-4730 smokymountainsgreenways.org

CLUBS BIRDING KNOXVILLE CHAPTER OF THE TENNESSEE ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY knoxvillebirding.org

KTOS was organized in 1924 to promote the enjoyment, scientific study, and conservation of birds. Activities include monthly meetings, field trips each month, bid counts, and projects like the Sharp’s Ridge Clean-up each spring and fall.

CLIMBING EAST TENNESSEE CLIMBER’S COALITION Facebook: East Tennessee Climbers Coalition

Founded in 2004, the ETCC is dedicated to promoting a positive impact through education and stewardship.

CYCLING APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN BIKE CLUB ambc-sorba.org

AMBC is a nonprofit organiza-

tion dedicated to promoting sustainable trail access for off-road bicyclists and maintaining the trails on which mountain bikers ride and other user groups rely on.

BELL JOY RIDE – KNOXVILLE Facebook: Bell Joy Ride – Knoxville

Bell Joy Ride is an informal women’s mountain biking group that hosts rides organized by rider level/ability. Beginners to advanced and everyone in between can join. It offers opportunities to connect with other female riders in a casual, friendly environment.

DREAMBIKES Facebook: DreamBikes - Knoxville

DreamBikes is a nonprofit that believes in turning used bikes into jobs for local youth. It provides skill training and employment opportunities through used bicycle repair and sales.

KICKSTAND COMMUNITY BIKE SHOP knoxbikecollective.com

KickStand Community Bike Shop’s mission is to get more kids and adults on bikes by providing bicycles through our partners, teaching bike repair, For more info, please visit OutdoorKnoxville.com.


and opening our community shop space for teaching and training.

the fun of riding them!

KNOX BIKE RACING knoxbikeracing.com

SMW is a member of the League of American Bicyclists, an organization which promotes cycling for fun, fitness, and transportation through advocacy and education.

The goal of Knox Bike Racing is to promote safe, fun ,and affordable bike racing events. Come out and give racing a try for the first time or experienced racers can see if they have what it takes to stand on the top of the podium in the Expert class!

KNOX VELO CYCLING CLUB knoxvelo.org

KVCC’s mission is to promote the sport of cycling through competitive racing and community events, to encourage youth to become involved in cycling as a life-long activity, and to grow the sport’s awareness in East Tennessee.

KNOXVILLE HARDCOURT BIKE POLO Facebook: Knoxville Hardcourt Bike Polo The scruffy city’s own Knoxville Hardcourt Bike Polo!

I BIKE KNOX ibikeknx.com

This regional bicycle program includes Bicycling Ambassadors, the Tour de Lights bike ride, a bicycle rack grant program, bike safety classes, annual bicycle counts, and a guide to creating bicycle and pedestrian-friendly communities.

SMOKY MOUNTAIN WHEELMEN smwbikeclub.org

SOUTHERN CYCLING OPERATIONS sites.google.com/site/scoclub

The primary goal of this club is to provide a support group for anyone who wants to get involved in the sport of cycling, whether as a recreational road rider, professional downhill racer, or any other level of cycling.

TVB BICYCLES RACE TEAM Facebook: TVB Race

The Tennessee Valley Bicycles Race Team is an open team of folks who love to race bicycles!

DISC GOLF INNOVATION VALLEY DISC GOLF ASSOCIATION Facebook: I.V.D.G.A.

An Oak Ridge disc golf club that

helps manage the city’s disc-golf courses at Carl Yearwood Park and The Mounds Course in Groves Park.

KNOXVILLE DISC GOLF ASSOCIATION knoxdiscgolf.org

KDGA promotes disc golf in the Knoxville area by performing maintenance on the courses, holding tournaments and weekly events, and teaching others about the game.

HIKING EAST TENNESSEE CHAPTER OF THE TENNESSEE TRAILS ASSOCIATION TENNESSEETRAILS.ORG

The East Tennessee chapter serves hikers in the Knoxville, Oak Ridge and Norris area. Hikes are regularly scheduled throughout the year on the many trails in this region, as well as in other parts of the state.

GIRLS OUTSIDE WITH IJAMS Facebook: Girls Outside with Ijams

The mission of Girls Outside with Ijams is to provide opportunities for young girls to

Resources develop healthy and rewarding outdoor hobbies that will last a lifetime. Through programs that emphasize unplugging and having fun in nature with peers and women role models, G.O. is committed to helping young girls get outside.

GREAT SMOKIES HIKING AND ADVENTURE CLUB meetup.com/Great-Smokies-Hiking-Adventure-Group

GSHAC organizes and participates in hikes and outdoor activities covering the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennessee parks, national forests, and other venues as suggested by members.

HAPPY HIKERS Facebook: Happy Hikers, O’Connor Center The Happy Hikers are members of the John T. O’Connor Senior Citizen’s Center. Hikes are scheduled on the second, third, fourth, and fifth Thursday of each month.

LIV CYCLING harpersbikeshop.com/harpersambassadors

Liv Cycling connects and inspires women who have a passion for riding bikes. They host rides on Knoxville’s greenways and trails, as well as events that teach women how to maintain their bicycles.

ROCKET RIDERS RECUMBENT CLUB recumbentriders.org

RRRC’s purpose is to help educate others about the various available cycles and simply enjoy For more info, please visit OutdoorKnoxville.com.

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generally like the outdoors, and like to socialize. They organize a wide variety of events year-round to suit most every outdoor interest.

ROCKY TOP MULTISPORT CLUB rockytopmultisportclub.org

RTMC is a triathlon club comprised of local athletes from beginners to pros committed to train, share knowledge, and ultimately have fun together.

UT OUTDOOR REC PROGRAM Facebook: University of TN Outdoor Program

The UTOP mission is to provide the University of Tennessee community with outdoor adventure, recreation, and education.

CONCORD DOG PARK SEQUOYAH HIKING CLUB sequoyahhikingclub.org

The Sequoyah Hiking club plans short hikes often in the middle of the week to areas around Madisonville, Tenn. in the southern section of the Cherokee National Forest or in the Smokies. Most hikes are less than 5 miles in length and are usually labeled as easy to moderate in difficulty.

SMOKY MOUNTAINS HIKING CLUB smhclub.org

The SMHC has over 600 members—hikers and outdoors enthusiasts who love the Smokies and the mountains of East Tennessee. They have a longstanding tradition of hiking, fellowship, volunteerism, and conservation.

TREK SOUTH Facebook: TREK South

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MULTIPLE ACTIVITIES CLUB VIBES club-vibes.org

Club VIBES outdoor recreation program includes monthly hiking and tandem biking excursions. Club members are paired with experienced hikers or tandem bicycle pilots, allowing volunteers to share recreational and fitness activities with those whose vision loss would otherwise restrict them from safely navigating outdoor terrain or piloting a bike. All fitness levels are welcome and all sporting equipment is provided by the club.

FOOTHILLS STRIDERS CLUB foothillstriders.org

FSC is a local, nonprofit organization, which was established more than 20 years ago to promote recreation and healthy lifestyles among its members and to provide them with an outlet for community service. Their activities include running, hiking, and bicycling.

HARVEY BROOME GROUP sierraclub.org/tennessee/harvey-broome

This chapter of the Sierra Club focuses on Knox County and 17 surrounding counties in East Tennessee. It undertakes important conservation issues, offers year-round outings—hiking, backpacking, paddling—to enhance appreciation of the outdoors, and presents monthly programs that range from experts in environmental issues to entertaining speakers who have explored our world.

KNOXVILLE EXTREME SPORTS knxsports.org

RUNNING/WALKING EAST TENNESSEE WANDERERS easttennesseewanderers.org

ETW is a walking club affiliated with the American Volkssport Association. AVA member clubs are nonprofit associations. The clubs promote fun, fitness, and friendship.

KNOXVILLE AREA INSTEP FOR LIFE WALKING GROUP meetup.com/KnoxvilleInstep-Walking-Group

If you want to get healthy while walking, join this club and walk the greenway trails in Knoxville and the surrounding area. It’s fun, free, and you’ll meet new friends.

With a focus on “action sports” such as skateboarding and BMX, Knox Extreme Sports is a nonprofit organization partnering with other local nonprofits to be a catalyst for hope and change in the lives of kids and adults.

KNOXVILLE TRACK CLUB ktc.org

KNOXVILLE SKI & OUTING CLUB knoxvilleskiclub.org

ORTC’s mission is to promote fitness and well-being in the Oak Ridge community and surrounding area through running.

You don’t have to ski to be in the Ski Club. They also

The Knoxville Track Club encourages life-long physical well-being through running and walking.

OAK RIDGE TRACK CLUB oakridgetrackclub.org

For more info, please visit OutdoorKnoxville.com.


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“We opened the doors at Little River Trading Company in 1996 because of our passion for the outdoors. Our mission is to inspire others to enjoy the outdoors as much as we do. We do this by hosting shop sponsored hikes, bike rides, clinics and monthly educational series. We also offer quality outdoor gear and clothing backed by staff with deep expertise, remarkable service and common adventures. We now operate as three stores, offering goods for hiking, packing, car camping, traveling, climbing, paddling, cycling, and disc golf. We even have a craft beer tavern. Look for us as: Little River Trading Company, Cycology Bicycles, Little River Lifestyle and our kayak rental facility, Little River at the Point. We are not just a store, but a resource for our community to live a healthy, active lifestyle. ”

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The University of Tennessee

Kids U 2017 Summer Camps

Our award-winning camps are for area youth in grades 3-12. Choose from more than 100 camps on the UT campus in June and July.

2017 SUMMER ART ACADEMY Summer Art Academy at the KMA offers quality educational opportunities that will ignite your child’s imagination through drawing, painting, sculpture, and more! Exciting age-appropriate art classes will nourish and challenge your child. The KMA’s certified art educators provide personalized instruction in small groups. Classes begin Monday, June 5, and continue each week through July 28.

Register at www.utkidsu.com or call 865-974-0150. 62 Get Out and Play!

Classes are filled on a firstcome, first-served basis. Scholarships are available. To sign up, call 865.525.6101 or e-mail education@knoxart.org. www.knoxart.org

For more info, please visit OutdoorKnoxville.com.


summer camps

COME LOWER YOUR SCORES! Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge

Imagination Station Summer Camp June 5 - July 28 Exciting camps for preK through rising 7th graders. Morning, afternoon, or full day options available. Topics include cooking, gardening, science, art and more!

Bower "Bo" Harris

Certified USGTF Teaching Professional Teaching Professional at Williams Creek Golf Course

For lessons please contact me. Now accepting all ages & skill levels.

Cell: 865 803-3121 www.boharrisgolf.com

www.williamscreekgolfcourse.com

New Exhibit Opening April 22 Kids in Action! Healthy Living is a new hands-on exhibit where children can explore making healthy food choices & being healthy through exercise.

For more information visit: www.childrensmuseumofoakridge.org

461 W. Outer Dr. Oak Ridge, TN 37830 865.482.1074

ZO O K N OX V I L L E .O R G

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For the protection of our parks and recreational facilities and the safety of all users, please observe the following regulations and etiquette. Check local signage for exceptions and additions.

park etiquette

PARKS, GREENWAYS, TRAILS

KNOXVILLE BOTANICAL GARDEN

LEGEND Greenway Access

Blueway Access

Picnic Area

Handicap Friendly

Wildlife Viewing

Splash Fountain

Hiking

Swimming

Road Biking

Scuba Diving

Mountain Biking

Fishing

Shelter

Paddling

Camping

Sailing

Triathalon

Skiing

Play Area

Snowboarding

Trail

Snow Shoeing

Guided Trail

Ice Skating

Rock Climbing

Restrooms

Caving

Family Friendly

Roller Hockey

Skateboarding

Basketball Court

Disc Golf

Volleyball Court

Horseshoe Court

Baseball Court

Horseback Riding

Tennis Court

Wildflowers

Playing Field

Birding

Running

Speaker

Walking

Movie

Dogs On Leash

Volunteer

Dogs Off Leash

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• Parks are generally open from sunrise to sunset. • A lcoholic beverages, open fires, and motorized vehicles are prohibited. • A nimals must be leashed except in designated dog parks. • Leave no trace—pack it in, pack it out—stay on designated trails. • A ll trails are multi-use unless specifically labeled “Downhill.” • Bikers yield to pedestrians and signal with a bell or verbally when approaching. • Downhill riders yield to uphill riders. • Helmets are recommended for all bikers on trails. • Expert “Downhill” trails are for bikes only and are one-way (downhill).

PETSAFE DOG PARKS

• Dogs must be properly vaccinated and it is recommended that they be spayed or neutered. • Puppies under four months of age and female dogs in heat are prohibited. • Do not bring dog food into the dog park. • Owners must clean up after their dogs. • Dogs with a known history of aggressive behavior are prohibited. • Dogs must wear a collar with identification at all times. • Dogs must be leashed when entering and leaving the park. • Leaving dogs unattended is prohibited. • Children under the age of 16 must be supervised by a parent or guardian. • Maximum of three dogs per person, per visit.

• Watch for dogs on the other side of the entry gate when entering or leaving to prevent escapes.

TRAIL NOTES

•R  iding any of the trails during wet conditions is damaging to the trails. Avoid riding when trails are wet. •L  eave no trace—please pack out your trash. •P  lease respect park lands and wildlife habitats by staying on the trail at all times. •P  ets must be leashed and kept under control at all times. •D  on’t wear headphones or earbuds—you won’t hear other trail-users’ warnings.

BICYCLISTS RULES OF THE TRAIL

•D  ownhill riders yield to uphill riders, unless otherwise posted. Be considerate of novices and family groups. •B  ikers yield to pedestrians unless otherwise posted. Call out “Rider Up” when approaching pedestrians or ring a bell for warning. • Portions of the trail may contain sections that exceed your skill level or posted difficulty rating. Cyclists should dismount and walk if necessary.

MORE PARKS INFO CITY OF KNOXVILLE PARKS

3-1-1 or 865-215-4311 knoxvilletn.gov/parks Knox County Parks 865-215-6600 knoxcounty.org/parks

KNOX COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION 865-215-6600 2447 Sutherland Ave. Knoxville, TN 37919 knoxcounty.org/parks

For more info, please visit OutdoorKnoxville.com.


Joel Z. with his wife, Kathy - Partial Knee Replacements

“We’ve hiked hundreds of miles since my knee replacements.” Joel’s passion is the outdoors. “For me, living with pain is not an option,” he said. “So I had partial knee replacements at Tennova. The care was exceptional. And I have no pain. In fact, just a few months after I had my second knee done, my wife and I hiked 18 miles to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back up. I think most people wait too long to get their surgery. You can’t let joint pain compromise your life.”

Take a free online joint pain assessment or register for an upcoming joint pain seminar at TennovaOrtho.com or call 1-855-TENNOVA (836-6682).

Patient results may vary. Consult your physician about the benefits and risks of any surgical procedure or treatment.

Trust the team I trust. Locations throughout Tennessee, including Farragut, Knoxville, Powell, Cleveland, Jamestown, Jefferson City, LaFollette, Morristown and Newport.


Supporting healthier tomorrows for the people of East Tennessee Founded in 1978, the Siddiqi Charitable Foundation provides funding to promote the treatment and prevention of end stage renal disease, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, hypertension, and other related healthcare conditions. We promote awareness and support research, development, education, and screening of these health conditions. RECENTLY FUNDED LOCAL NONPROFIT PROJECTS INCLUDE :

Beardsley Community Farm Ijams Nature Center Summer Camp Program

Legacy Parks Foundation Outdoor Adventure Park, South Knoxville

East Tennessee Children’s Hospital Healthy Kids Club in 18 area elementary schools

Nourish Knoxville The Muse Live Smart: Stay Well! Exhibit

FOR MORE INFOR M ATION, CONTACT US AT INFO @ SIDDIQIFOUNDATION.ORG

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