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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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VOLUNTEER LANDING GET OUT AND PLAY! ART DIRECTOR: Tricia Bateman EDITOR: Coury Turczyn WRITERS: Ellen Johnston, Elle Colquitt 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, Stacey Pastor 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, P.O. Box 43, Knoxville, TN 37901, 865-313-2048, sales@knoxmercury.com More Info: legacyparks.org, knoxmercury.com © 2016 Legacy Parks Foundation & Knoxville Mercury

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 at Sequoyah and Lakeshore parks. 18 East The county’s highest point at House Mountain and the state’s only designated birding park. 26 Central and Downtown Volunteer Landing, World’s Fair Park, the University of Tennessee, and more. 34 Urban Wilderness Over 40 miles of multi-use trails, 10 parks, four Civil War sites, and incredible views. 36 South Ijams Nature Center, Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area, and the new Baker Creek Preserve. 44 North Two dog parks, over 12 miles of paved greenways, and four parks with natural, multi-use trail systems. 54 Regional Parks From the greenbelt trails in Maryville to the UT Arboretum in Oak Ridge, and the GSMNP. 60 Resources Park departments, activity clubs, maps legend, and local business listings.

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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 nearly 100 parks, over 115 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. You can learn more about everything outdoors in our region at outdoorknoxville.com, plus download additional copies of this guide and individual maps. Enjoy! —Carol Evans, executive director, Legacy Parks Foundation

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. Get Out and Play! 3


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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 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.

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

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 dive deep 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

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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.

OUR FAVORITES FAMILY FUN

NAME: Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and Family FAVORITE PLACES: The Cove at Concord Park, Carl Cowan Splashpad, Admiral Farragut Park Disc Golf

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ADMIRAL FARRAGUT PARK 9950 S. Northshore Dr. • 23 acres

stations along the way. The park parallels the Turkey Creek Greenway, which winds alongside several connecting subdivisions offering several miles for walking and running.

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.

Features: blueway access, fishing, accessible fishing pier, greenways, basketball, soccer, volleyball, horseshoes, playground, picnic areas, shelter, restrooms

CAMPBELL STATION PARK

405 Campbell Station Rd. • 17 acres

Situated beside the Farragut branch library, Campbell Station 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 adorn the park.

Features: disc golf, blueway access, fishing, paddling, trails, picnic area, shelter

KEEPING FIT

NAME: Cameron Broome FAVORITE PLACES: Bearden Greenway, Sequoyah Greenway (Cherokee Boulevard), West Hills Park

ANCHOR PARK

11730 Turkey Creek Rd. • 15 acres

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

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NAME: Chris and Brandi Brown FAVORITE PLACES: Lakeshore Greenway, Sequoyah Park, Concord Park Trails

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10058 Northshore Dr. • 30 acres

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

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HARRELL ROAD STORMWATER PARK

GUINN ROAD PARK

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

Features: blueway access, fishing, paddling, greenways, trails, tennis, basketball, soccer, playgrounds, splash pad, picnic areas, shelter, restrooms, accessible playground

7221 Harrell Rd. • 11 acres

4115 Guinn Rd. • 13 acres

Features: trail, pond, wildlife viewing

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

HICKORY CREEK PARK 2120 Everett Rd. • 6 acres

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

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

down the road you’ll find the entrance to the cove. This quiet little inlet provides river access for paddlers and anglers.

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

JOHN TARLETON PARK 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: soccer, playground, restrooms

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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.

PARKS, GREENWAYS, TRAILS

• Parks are generally open from sunrise to sunset. • Alcoholic beverages, open fires, and motorized vehicles are prohibited. • Animals must be leashed except in designated dog parks. • Leave no trace—pack it in, pack it out—stay on designated trails. • All 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

• D ogs 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. •W  atch for dogs on the other side of the entry gate when entering or leaving to prevent escapes.

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City of Knoxville Parks 3-1-1 or 865-215-4311 knoxvilletn.gov/parks

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Knox County Parks 865-215-6600 knoxcounty.org/parks

301 Watt Rd. • 50 acres

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.

area that is ADA accessible.

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

MELTON HILL PARK

3230 Williams Bend Rd. • 112 acres

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.

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

Features: blueway access, fishing, paddling, swimming, greenways, bicycling, trails, mountain biking, volleyball, playground, picnic areas, shelter, wildflowers, wildlife viewing

MCFEE PARK

NICHOLAS BALL PARK

This environmentally designed park features solar panels, permeable pavers, LED 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

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.

917 McFee Rd. • 26 acres

8728 Ball Camp Pike • 34 acres

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

SEQUOYAH PARK

1400 Cherokee Blvd. • 87 acres

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 blueway accesses to the Tennessee River.

Features: blueway access, fishing, paddling, greenways, bicycling, trails, baseball, playground, restrooms, wildflowers

TALAHI PARK HARRELL ROAD STORMWATER PARK

1034 Cherokee Blvd. • 1 acre

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west 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.

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WALKER SPRINGS PARK 700 Kidder Lane• 20 acres

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.

Features: greenways, bicycling, trails, playground, picnic areas, shelter, restrooms

WEST HILLS JOHN BYNON PARK 7624 Sheffield Dr. • 14 acres

Stretching from West Hills 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: greenways, bicycling, skateboarding, baseball, soccer, tennis, basketball, playground, picnic areas, shelter, restrooms

WESTVIEW PARK

2950 Keith Ave. • 3 acres

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.

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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: greenways, 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

PETSAFE DOG PARKS CONCORD PETSAFE DOG PARK 10901 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.

TRAILS CONCORD PARK TRAILS 10901 Northshore Dr. Natural Trails: 9.4 miles Difficulty: moderate

Aside from the multiple paved trails at other sections of Concord Park, there are 9.4 miles of singletrack trails. The park’s main trail section is 7.3 miles while the remaining 2.1 miles lie on the west side of

the parking area. The shoreline trails contour Springs Creek, an inlet of Fort Loudoun Lake, with both flat and hilly sections.

MELTON HILL TRAILS 3230 Williams Bend Rd. Paved Trail: 0.5-mile loop Natural Trail: 3+ miles Difficulty: easy

The mowed meadow trail begins north of the swimming beach, paralleling the greenway trail. On your way around, there will be a spur trail to connect to the adjacent loop that heads over to the eastern boat dock. From the southern-most parking area past the playground, there is a trail that leads into the forest and skirts along the shoreline.

TRAIL FROM CARL COWAN PARK TO ADMIRAL FARRAGUT PARK 10058 Northshore Dr. Paved Trail: 0.3-mile loop Natural Trail: 0.4 miles one-way Connects: Admiral Farragut Park Difficulty: easy

Winding along the shoreline of the Tennessee River between Carl Cowan Park and Admiral Farragut Park, there is a


woodsy little trail that is delightful to hike. In addition to providing picturesque views of the river, there are several access points to the water’s edge. The trailhead can be accessed from the parking lots at either park.

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

405 Campbell Station Rd. Paved Trail: 0.7-mile loop Natural Trail: Five 0.25 mile sections

This greenway makes a series of scenic loops through the Campbell Station 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.

CARL COWAN GREENWAY 10058 Northshore Dr. Paved Trail: 0.3-mile loop Natural Trail: 0.4 miles one-way Connects: Admiral Farragut Park

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loops that wind through Carl Cowan Park. In addition to the greenway paths, there is a scenic nature trail that meanders through the forest, contouring the Fort Loudoun Lake shoreline, making its way over to Admiral Farragut 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 intersec-

west tion and then continues along on the east side of Mars Hill Road to Middlebrook Pike.

CONCORD PARK GREENWAYS

East: 10901 S. Northshore Dr. West: 11719 S. Northshore Dr. The Cove: 11808 S. Northshore Dr. Paved Trails: The Point 0.25-mile loop, The Cove 0.75-mile loop Natural Trails: 9.4-mile trail system

The main entrance features the Parkey Strader loop, which circles the soccer fields and contours a section of Fort Loudoun Lake. The last park entrance is at the Cove where a series of loops wind their way around the park, alongside the swimming beach and around a quiet woodsy section.

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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.

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The rolling landscape and large open spaces make Lakeshore Park a haven for recreational activities. In addition to eight sport fields, several playgrounds and picnic areas, the Lakeshore Greenway loops around the park with a stretch alongside Fort Loudoun Lake. Be aware that there are several short but steep hills to climb in either direction on this paved path. From the hilltop start of the greenway, the views overlooking the lake with the distant rise of the Smoky Mountains are absolutely stunning.

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West GRIGSBY CHAPEL GREENWAY Grigsby Chapel Rd., Farragut Paved Trail: 2.25 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 Campbell Station Greenway. There is an additional 1/4-mile segment located behind the Farragut Primary School, which connects the trail at St. Mary’s Health System.

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 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 Fort Loudoun Lake and the distant rise of the Smoky Mountains.

LIBERTY STREET GREENWAY

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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.

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.

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 Middle-

brook 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 Animal Center.

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.

PARKSIDE GREENWAY 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.

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

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


SEQUOYAH GREENWAY

1400 Cherokee Blvd. Crushed Gravel Trail: 2.6 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.

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

Beginning at Walker Springs Road, the Ten Mile Creek

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.

THIRD CREEK GREENWAY

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.

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

Turkey Creek Greenway parallels the southern edge of 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

West several connections to access the stores and restaurants along the way. It connects with the Parkside Greenway in the Town of Farragut.

WEISGARBER GREENWAY

1000, 700 & 1237 Weisgarber Rd. Paved Trail: 1 mile linear Connection: 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.

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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.

OUR FAVORITES FAMILY FUN

NAME: Charles Vogel FAVORITE PLACES: Loves Creek Greenway, Holston River Park Trails, Caswell Park

KEEPING FIT

NAME: Ed and Clairanne Hann FAVORITE PLACES: Holston River Park, Knoxville Botanical Gardens Greenway, Tank Strickland Park

ADVENTURE

NAME: Rachel Butzler FAVORITE PLACES: Seven Islands State Birding Park, House Mountain, Morningside Park Greenway

PARKS CARTER PARK

9030 Asheville Highway • 30 acres

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.

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

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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.

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

7737 Corryton Rd. • 6 acres

HOLSTON RIVER PARK

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

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.

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 backroads—heading east takes you over to House Mountain and to the north toward Joppa Mountain.

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Tucked behind Mascot’s library and post office, Mascot Park provides the community with a basketball court, playground, picnic facilities and paved walking trail. Making a scenic loop around the park, the trail is perfect for those short runs or leisurely strolls.

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1909 Number Two Dr. • 3 acres

Only 30 minutes from downtown Knoxville, the overlooks from House Mountain’s 2,100-foot crest offer exceptional views encompassing the parallel ranges of the Unaka and Cumberland mountain ranges some 30 miles away. The trails leading to Knox County’s highest point are fairly steep 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.

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Paschal Carter Park is situated in a beautiful natural setting alongside a creek featuring an old water wheel. The nature trail takes you through hardwood forests along the creek as they climb the hillside. During summer months, the pool is the big hit in the neighborhood.

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PARKS ETIQUETTE

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.

PARKS, GREENWAYS, TRAILS

• Parks are generally open from sunrise to sunset. • Alcoholic beverages, open fires, and motorized vehicles are prohibited. • Animals must be leashed except in designated dog parks. • Leave no trace—pack it in, pack it out—stay on designated trails. • All 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

• D ogs 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. •W  atch for dogs on the other side of the entry gate when entering or leaving to prevent escapes.

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

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SPRING PLACE PARK 5201 Parker Dr. • 6 acres

Walk alongside Love’s Creek to the end of the walking trail 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: greenways, playground, picnic areas, shelter

THOMAS “TANK” STRICKLAND PARK 4618 Asheville Highway • 1 acre

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: greenways, 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.

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

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east beech tree canopy. Trail winds through the woods passing by several rock faces and crosses over an abandoned rail line.

HOUSE MOUNTAIN NATURAL AREA The miles-long trails leading to Knox County’s highest point are fairly steep through heavily wooded terrain dotted with impressive rock outcrops. The Mountain Trail has suffered from severe erosion caused by hikers and trail runners taking shortcuts between the switchbacks. Crews have put up plastic snow fences along the West End Overlook Trail to discourage further trail cutting.

SEVEN ISLANDS STATE BIRDING PARK TRAILS 2809 Kelly Lane Paved Trail: 1.2 mile one-way Natural Trails: 8 miles Difficulty: easy

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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

Seven Islands State Birding Park is a beautiful wildlife refuge, encompassing 425 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 180 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. 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 8 miles of mowed trails that weave through this diverse ecosystem. Along the route, the trails criss-cross 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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showcased. Over 2 miles of distinctive stone walls border the trails, taking you past whimsical round stone buildings and stone-sided greenhouses.

HOLSTON RIVER GREENWAY 3300 Holston Hills Rd. Paved Trail: 2-mile loop Natural Trail: 1-mile loop

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.

LOVES CREEK GREENWAY 5201 Parker Dr.

Natural Trail: 0.65 mile Paved Trail: 0.25 mile

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

MORNINGSIDE GREENWAY 1600 Dandridge Ave. Paved Trail: 1.6 miles - linear

Connection: 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 Alex Haley Heritage Square.

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

east track. The greenway provides access to the school’s playground and their native garden.

SEVEN ISLANDS / KELLY LANE GREENWAY 2809 Kelly Lane Paved Trail: 1.2 mile one-way Natural Trails: 8 miles

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. Meadow trails cross the greenway to wander along wide mowed paths.

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CELEBRATING

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We have increased parkland to make our community more healthy and prosperous.

We have connected and accessed our green spaces to create Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness.

We have facilitated the good work of others who are developing outstanding public places.

We have taken deliberate measures to protect and access the rivers that run through us.

We launched Outdoor Knoxville to grow our economy and protect our natural assets.

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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.

OUR FAVORITES FAMILY FUN

NAME: Mary Kathryn, KT, and Fritz Durr FAVORITE PLACES: Fort Kid, PetSafe Downtown Dog Park, Market Square

KEEPING FIT

NAME: Lorie Matthews FAVORITE PLACES: Krutch Park, UT Gardens, Volunteer Landing Park

ADVENTURE

NAME: Dan Holbrook FAVORITE PLACES: Volunteer Landing boat launch, Neyland Greenway, World’s Fair Park

PARKS ALEX HALEY HERITAGE SQUARE 1600 Dandridge Ave.

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.

Features: greenways, playground

ASHLEY NICOLE DREAM PLAYGROUND 620 Winona St.

Located in Caswell Park, across from the softball complex, this 100-percent accessible playground is adjacent to gardens and large grassy open space. The First Creek Greenway connects with

central city the park and accommodates wheelchairs, walkers and runners, cyclists, skateboards and roller blades.

Features: greenways, 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.

Features: basketball, playground

BAXTER AVENUE PARK

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

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507 Hall of Fame Dr. • 4 acres

With downtown as a backdrop, this unique park provides tennis and basketball courts along with play and picnic areas. The Cal Johnson Recreation Center is adjacent to the park.

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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.)

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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.

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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-ofthe-line press box. First Creek Greenway connects to the park and to the Ashley Nicole Dream Playground, Knoxville’s first totally accessible playground.

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PARKS ETIQUETTE

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.

PARKS, GREENWAYS, TRAILS

• Parks are generally open from sunrise to sunset. • Alcoholic beverages, open fires, and motorized vehicles are prohibited. • Animals must be leashed except in designated dog parks. • Leave no trace—pack it in, pack it out—stay on designated trails. • All 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

• D ogs 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. •W  atch for dogs on the other side of the entry gate when entering or leaving to prevent escapes.

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

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

This small neighborhood 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

GOVERNOR NED MCWHERTER/ RIVERSIDE LANDING 1648 Riverside Dr. • 2 acres

Huddled under the South Knoxville Bridge, Governor Ned McWherter/Riverside Landing Park is perched on the banks of the Tennessee River. The fishing pier is often frequented by anglers casting their lines. The water also invites paddlers to put-in and 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.

Features: blueway access, paddling, fishing, greenway, 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.

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Features: greenways, 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: 3507 Kingston Pike, 2321 Kingston Pike, 3110 Sutherland Ave, 104 N. Forest Park Blvd.

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

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 take it all in.

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.

Features: picnic area

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central city MALCOM MARTIN PARK & ED COTHRAN POOL 2247 Western Ave. • 17 acres

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 PARK 60 Market St. • 2 acres

Anytime of the day and throughout each season, there is something happening on Market Square. From the water-play 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: accessible, bicycling, splash pad, tables and benches, seasonal ice skating,

MORNINGSIDE PARK

1600 Dandridge Ave. • 23 acres

Just minutes from downtown, 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 the opportunity to enhance your workout.

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

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

MORNINGSIDE PARK The residents of Old North Knoxville wanted to create a safe place, off of 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

Located off of Fifth Avenue and next to Park Place Condominiums, Parkridge Park is a passive neighborhood park that offers a paved running/walking trail and basketball court. It also provides picnicking opportuni-

VOLUNTEER LANDING PARK Neyland Drive, near Calhoun’s on the River • 3 acres 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 splashpads are irresistible. Walkers, runners, and cyclists utilize the Neyland Greenway that winds through the park. On its linear route, it connects with the James White Greenway and the Third Creek Greenway.

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PAUL HOGUE PARK

500 S. Chestnut St. • 1 acre

Nestled in the community, Paul Hogue Park provides the neighborhood with a playground, lots of open space and sheltered picnic areas. There is also a walking loop that winds around the park.

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

REED AND BAXTER PARK

1400 Baxter Ave. (west of I-275)• 1 acre Where Reed Street meets Baxter Avenue, this 1-acre greenspace has a playground.

Features: playground

TYSON PARK

3507 Kingston Pike, 2321 Kingston Pike, 3110 Sutherland Ave, 104 N. Forest Park Blvd. • 27 acres

Just minutes away from the University of Tennessee’s campus, Tyson Park provides a wide array of recreational opportunities, from the two softball fields to the 14 tennis courts. 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. Also look for the Knoxville Skatepark.

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

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 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: greenways, picnic area, shelter, amphitheater

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

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 twolegged folks.

TRAILS UT GARDENS WALKING TRAILS 2518 Jacob Dr. • 865-974-8265

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. 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.

GREENWAYS JAMES WHITE GREENWAY

Neyland Dr., along shoreline of Tennessee River Paved Trail: 1 mile linear Connections: Morningside Greenway, Neyland Greenway, Gov. McWherter/ Riverside Landing Park, Volunteer Landing Park

NEYLAND GREENWAY

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.

central city 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.

NEYLAND GREENWAY

2401 and 2377 Neyland Dr. Paved Trail: 3 miles linear Connections: James White Greenway, Third Creek Greenway

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 Connections: 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. Get Out and Play! 31


Springs Time! A century ago, Knoxvillians played outdoors at rural resorts.

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ntil the 1930s, there were no big lakes in East Tennessee, and few Knoxvillians had ever hiked in the Smokies. There were no national or state parks, and the mountains were privately owned, and hard to get to. Still, even in the 1800s, East Tennessee was famous for outdoor recreation.

Springs in Grainger County; Glen Alpine Springs near Newport; Line Springs in Wears Valley; Melrose Springs, and Wildwood Springs in Blount County. Seaton Springs, Haymond’s Springs, Panther Springs, Yellow Springs, Dupont Springs, Rhea Springs, White Cliff Springs were all within 50 miles or so of Knoxville.

The Knoxville History Project, a new nonprofit organization devoted to the promotion of and education about the history

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Images courtesy of the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection.http://cmdc.knoxlib.org

People came here from all over the country to visit our resorts. Oliver Springs, in Anderson Resorts were hotels in peaceful, County, was one of the first, dating natural settings. The most famous from the 1830s. Kinzel Springs was of them were associated with a retreat in modern-day Townsend, “springs”--creeks, often with a 28-room hotel with 10 separate underground sources, that were cottages, accessible by the Little often loaded with minerals claimed River Railroad after 1902. For years, Whittle Springs, on the north side of town, was a large luxurious hotel that started as a mineral-springs resort. The to enhance health. Chalybeate is not it was as close to the Smoky Mounhotel, built in 1917, was a popular destination even for a word seen much today, but a tains as many tourists ever got. Knoxvillians, known for dances, dinners, swimming, and century ago it was understood to golfing. Torn down in 1964, it left us its golf course and a 1954 Several area resorts were addition, the modernist WNOX auditorium, now vacant. describe a spring with natural iron famous. Tate Springs, in Grainger in its water. Other springs claimed County near Bean Station, was sulfur, epsom, lithia, and other minerals. If they didn’t help people established in 1876 and eventually boasted a hotel with a capacity get healthier, they felt good, and the springs resorts became quiet of 500, with an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, a large swimming refuges with multiple attractions, far away from the smoke and pool, and horseback-riding options. Known as “the Carlsbad of noise of the city. America,” after the famous spa in Bohemia, it included a four-story Some resorts were rustic, some luxurious, some large, some Victorian-style hotel and multiple separate cottages. Tate Springs small. They were most popular between 1870 and 1920, when new bottled its spring water for sale at markets across the nation. rail lines made formerly remote destinations accessible to Each springs resort was a little different from the others, prosperous vacationers. Most opened in spring and stayed open catering to different income levels and different tastes. Mount Nebo until the fall. Some patrons came for a day, others stayed for the Springs (named for a mountain known to Moses), near Walland, whole summer. opened in 1877 and advertised dancing, croquet, card games, live music, and crokinole, a board game involving wooden disks. Tourists came from as far as Montreal or New Orleans to stay at One of the oldest in the area was Montvale Springs, just south these resorts. Many came from Knoxville, too. There were dozens of Maryville, which had its earliest origins as a two-story log hotel of them: Hale’s Springs in Rogersville; Lea Springs and Avondale in 1832. By 1853, a Mississippi developer built a seven-gable,


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200-room hotel touted as “the largest hotel in all the Southwest.” (Tennessee was considered the Southwest in those days.) It became an especially famous resort, known as the Saratoga of the South, because it reminded some people of the famous New York tourist resort. Georgia-born poet Sidney Lanier’s only novel, Tiger Lilies, was set at Montvale’s hotel during a bizarre pre-Civil-War masquerade party. Lanier’s family ran the hotel for some years, and a small lake on the property was named for the poet. Novelist Mary Noialles Murfree based several of her stories on tales she first heard during long summer stays at Montvale. Most springs resorts were out in the country, remote from cities, and that was part of their appeal, but a few were near Knoxville. Among them was South Knox County’s Neubert Springs, also known as White Sulphur Springs, opened in 1882. Run by the German-immigrant Neubert family, it was along Neubert Springs Road, south of modern John Sevier Highway. A few East Tennessee resorts evolved from the old religious tradition of the “camp meeting,” a religious retreat at which participants would camp out to attend a series of sermons and singing events in a natural setting. One was the Fountainhead, at the headwaters of First Creek, which by 1885 developed as a full-fledged secular resort. The Fountainhead Hotel, located in what is now known as Fountain City, became known for its dances accompanied by an Italian band, for its luxurious rooms with hot and cold running water, and for its big heart-shaped pool. It was accessible via a streetcar (originally a steam “dummy line”) that departed several times a day from downtown Knoxville at the Central Market, now known as Emory Place. The Fountainhead claimed no medicinal properties for its waters, but another Knox County resort, nearby Whittle Springs, did. J.M. Whittle established a small resort there in 1890. Developers built a luxury hotel there in 1917. Their

claims of real mineral water were later proven to be exaggerated, but with a modern golf course adjacent to it and other amenities, Whittle Springs’ hotel was one of the few springs hotels that remained in business after World War II, often hosting musical performers, including jazz orchestras and country and even a few early rock ’n’ roll groups. Most of the old springs resort hotels closed before 1940, their decline blamed on the popularity of the automobile, declining faith in the medicinal properties of mineral waters, and competition from larger diversions like the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Some, like Mineral Hill Springs in Grainger County, were flooded by TVA lakes. Almost all have burned down or been demolished, but several of them left interesting remnants. Montvale’s big hotel was torn down in the 1890s, to be replaced by a smaller one. After serving as a YMCA camp for more than half a century, it was recently purchased by Knoxville philanthropist Sam Furrow, to be used by the Harmony Family Center. Still intact are the stone front steps for the last hotel, which burned down in 1933. Tate Springs’ hotel was used as a school before it burned down in 1963, but its old gazebo-style “springhouse” still stands. Kingswood School now occupies part of the original site.

Three women enjoy a YWCA retreat at Kinzel Springs, in modern-day Townsend. Served by the Little River Railroad, it featured a small hotel, built in 1914, and cottages, with opportunities for dancing, croquet, and horseback riding. Before the establishment of the national park, ca. 1930, few tourists ever got much closer to the Smoky Mountains than this.

Neubert Springs closed in 1922 and the hotel burned down two years later, but its unusual gazebo of mountain-laurel roots is still there, visible from Neubert Springs Road but on private property. The Whittle Springs Hotel was torn down in 1964. A modern 1954 addition to it, the WNOX Auditorium, is still there, along Whittle Springs Road, but is vacant and in poor condition. The heart-shaped pool built for the Fountainhead Hotel is now known as Fountain City Lake, or, less formally, as the Duck Pond. Hotel Avenue is named for the hotel that’s been gone for a century.

of Knoxville, presents this page each week to raise awareness of the themes, personalities, and stories of our unique city.

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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 6 miles of trails ranging from beginner to the Bell Helmets expert downhill trail. Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness trails are signed with logos, tree blazes, and street stencils for convenient wayfinding.

TRAILHEADS BAKER CREEK PRESERVE 1516 Taylor Road

Over 6 miles of trails are available at this new addition to Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness. Set among forested hills and valleys, a grassy meadow, and along the beautiful creek,

trails range from beginner to the expert double black diamond downhill trails. The Redbud Road Bridge connects Baker Creek Preserve to the Urban Wilderness South Loop Trails system.

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.

MEAD’S QUARRY/ IJAMS NATURE CENTER 3518 Island Home Pike 2915 Island Home Ave.

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 End of Margaret Road

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: There is no parking area for access to Marie Myers Park.

ANDERSON SCHOOL 4808 Prospect Lane

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.

FORKS OF THE RIVER WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA

McClure Lane Entrance: 3140 McClure Lane Burnett Creek Entrance: 5907 Burnett Creek Rd. URBAN WILDERNESS

There are multiple trails to experience within the WMA, all

urban wilderness 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 also connects the WMA to Ijams Nature Center. FOR is an active hunting ground and special regulations apply. Please see on-site signage for details.

TRAIL NOTES

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

BICYCLISTS RULES OF THE TRAIL

• Downhill riders yield to uphill riders, unless otherwise posted. Be considerate of novices and family groups. • Bikers 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.

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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.

OUR FAVORITES FAMILY FUN

NAME: Rebekah Jane, Todd, and Early Montgomery FAVORITE PLACES: Island Home Park, Ijams Nature Center, Will Skelton Greenway

KEEPING FIT

NAME: Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero FAVORITE PLACES: Mead’s Quarry Lake, Fort Dickerson Park, William Hastie Natural Area

ADVENTURE

NAME: Brian Hann FAVORITE PLACES: Boulder field at Ross Marble Quarry, the Bluff Trail at Forks of the River, the Devil’s Racetrack downhill trail

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

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

south CHARTER E. DOYLE PARK

5100 W. Martin Mill Pike • 26 acres

Along with plenty of recreational fun, as well as the paved Charter Doyle Greenway, this park also offers a PetSafe Dog Park. Enjoy the quiet Mildred 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

FORKS OF THE RIVER WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA 3140 McClure Lane • 331 acres

Part of the Knoxville Urban Wilderness, the Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area can be accessed from a cedar-lined dirt road off McClure Lane or by way of Ijams Nature Center on the Will Skelton Greenway. The park offers diverse terrain

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south comprised of hardwood forests, hedgerows, and old fields—home to a variety of wildlife and songbird activity. FOR is an active hunting ground and special regulations

apply. Please see onsight signage for details.

Features: greenways, bicycling, trails, mountain biking, hiking, wildflowers, birding, blueway access, fishing, paddling, wildlife viewing

FORT DICKERSON PARK

3000 Fort Dickerson Rd. • 85 acres

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 and descends

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

IJAMS NATURE CENTER 2915 Island Home Ave. 865-577-4717 275 acres Knoxville’s very own wildlife sanctuary is only minutes from downtown. The beautiful woodlands of Ijams Nature Center feature an array of exhibits, a museum store, over 10 miles of trails to hike, run, and mountain bike, a quarry to fish, and (during summer months) canoes and kayaks to rent for paddling. The Ijams Crag offers 12 bolted routes for beginner to expert rock climbers. At the raptor exhibit, a red-tailed hawk and a turkey vulture sit on their perches, but on the trails you might catch the hoot of an owl or hear a medley of tunes from the assortment of birds that call Ijams their home.

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south 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.

Features: blue way access, fishing, paddling, greenways, playground, picnic areas, shelters

MARINE PARK

2201 Alcoa Highway • 11 acres

MARY VESTAL PARK through the hills down to the Fort Dickerson Greenway.

Features: greenways, trails, mountain biking, picnic areas, shelters, wildlife viewing

FRENCH MEMORIAL PARK 7752 Martin Mill Pike • 20 acres

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.

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

GARY UNDERWOOD PARK 6135 Moore Rd. • 5 acres

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

ISLAND HOME PARK

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.

Island Home Park’s paved loop trail connects with the Will Skelton Greenway and winds along the Tennessee River, through the woods, and over to Ijams Nature Center where it continues through to terminate at the Forks of the River WMA. Within the park, there is a small blueway access for canoes or kayakers, although it’s difficult to access.

1000 Cherokee Trail • 39 acres

2225 Estelle Circle • 3 acres

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

I.C. KING PARK

JOE FOSTER PARK

With blueway 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 trail runners.

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.

3440 Alcoa Highway • 120 acres

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

1116 Drive D • 1 acre

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

MALONEY ROAD PARK 3516 Ginn Dr. • 3 acres

Maloney Road Park features both water and land for recreational activities. Anglers can try

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.

Features: blueway access, fishing, paddling, picnic areas

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

The park’s large green space supports a softball field, playground, and large picnic shelter. Nestled under tall shade trees, individual picnic tables invite you to enjoy your time at the park.

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

MEADOW CIRCLE PARK

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south 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

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.

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

SCOTTISH PIKE PARK

2807 Scottish Pike • 2 acres

From the banks of the Tennessee River, Scottish Pike Park provides scenic vistas of downtown and the University of Tennessee. Surrounded by shade trees, this natural habitat provides a perfect setting for enjoying a riverside walk or social gathering.

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

WILLIAM HASTIE NATURAL AREA End of Margaret Rd. • 75 acres

Just a few miles from downtown, the trails at William Hastie Natural Area provide hikers, trail runners, and mountain bikers with 4 miles of singletrack trails. Winding through heavily forested property, the trails are well-maintained and blazed. The almost 2-mile natural trail that winds through Marie Myers Park connects William Hastie Natural Area to the Ross Marble Quarry trails at Ijams Nature Center. 40 Get Out and Play!

FT. DICKERSON QUARRY Features: trails, hiking, mountain biking, wildflowers

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.

TRAILS BAKER CREEK PRESERVE

1516 Taylor Rd. Natural Trails: 6 miles Difficulty: moderate to advanced

The 100 acres of forested hillsides offers over 6 miles of multi-use trails—from beginner to the advanced mountain-bike-only downhill gravity

trail. Climbing up either of the two ridges rewards you with spectacular views. The meadow at the entrance is a perfect spot for gathering. This new Urban Wilderness trailhead has ample parking and connects to the existing 42-mile South Loop Trail System.

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 WMA TRAILS 3140 McClure Lane Natural Trails/Old Roads: 8.4 miles Difficulty: easy to moderate Connects: Will Skelton Greenway, Ijams Nature Center Trails, Marie Myers Trails, William Hastie Trails, Anderson School, 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, hedgerows—all home to an abundance of wildlife and songbird activity. FOR is an active hunting ground and special regulations apply. Please see onsight signage for details.

FORT DICKERSON TRAILS

3000 Fort Dickerson Rd. Natural Trail: 1 mile one-way Difficulty: moderate Connection: Fort Dickerson Greenway

Knoxville’s closest urban trails are just across the Tennessee River from downtown. The 1-mile out-and-back trail can be accessed from either entrance to Fort Dickerson Park. From the main entrance off Chapman Highway, the trail is a little hard to find— walk across the open field to the right of the quarry overlook and head towards the power lines. You’ll soon pick up a mowed path that will lead to the wooded singletrack trail.

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


PARKS ETIQUETTE

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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.

PARKS, GREENWAYS, TRAILS

• Parks are generally open from sunrise to sunset. • Alcoholic beverages, open fires, and motorized vehicles are prohibited. • Animals must be leashed except in designated dog parks. • Leave no trace—pack it in, pack it out—stay on designated trails. • All 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

• D ogs 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. •W  atch for dogs on the other side of the entry gate when entering or leaving to prevent escapes.

MORE PARKS INFO

Knox County Parks 865-215-6600 knoxcounty.org/parks

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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 fairly low in elevation change, but the trails that climb to the ridge are more strenuous with steep descents.

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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.

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The Wildlife Sanctuary Trail System features almost 4 miles of hiking-only trails. Across the street, the rugged terrain that was once home to a post-industrial landscape has been redesigned into 7 miles of multi-use trails that comprise the Quarry and Natural Area Trail System. The trails have been routed to enhance the distinctive features of this section—a sparkling quarry lake, unique rock formations, and scenic overlooks.

KNOXVILLE’S URBAN WILDERNESS SOUTH LOOP South Loop Trail System: 42 miles Main Loop: 12.5 miles Type: single track, dirt roads, greenway Difficulty: easy to moderate

Just three miles from downtown, Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness presents a unique playground for hikers, mountain bikers, and trail runners. The main 12.5-mile South Loop 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.

See Also: Urban Wilderness Section

MARBLE SPRINGS TRAILS

1220 W. Gov. John Sevier Highway

I.C. KING PARK TRAILS

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south 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. There is an admission price for touring the farmstead, but the trails are open to the public during visitor hours.

WILLIAM HASTIE NATURAL AREA TRAILS End of Margaret Rd. Length: 6.4 miles Type: single track, old roads Difficulty: easy to moderate

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.

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.

FORT DICKERSON GREENWAY 3000 Fort Dickerson Rd. Natural Trail: 1 mile one-way Connection: Fort Dickerson Trails

The crushed-gravel surface of 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.

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.

HOWARD PINKSTON GREENWAY

7752 Martin Mill Pike Paved Trail: 0.5 mile one-way Connection: French Memorial Park

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 Elementary School. The greenway parallels the busy Martin Mill Pike, providing a safe route for pedestrians.

KNOX BLOUNT GREENWAY Neyland Dr. Paved Trail: 2.1 miles linear Connection: Neyland Greenway

The Knox Blount Greenway is still under construction, but the initial phase has been completed—the cloverleaf connector from Neyland Greenway and the building of a pedestrian bridge on the Buck/Karnes Bridge that crosses the Tennessee River. The next phase will be to continue the greenway south to Marine Park and then 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.

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

Connection: Mary Vestal Greenway

Mary Vestal Greenway winds alongside the scenic Goose Creek, starting from the South Knoxville Community Center. The greenway crosses Maryville Pike and travels to Mary Vestal Park. Seniors from the community center walk the greenway on a daily basis.

SAM DUFF GREENWAY 4060 Chapman Highway Paved Trail: 0.25 loop

This former track, now converted into a greenway, provides a scenic loop within the Sam Duff Memorial Park— perfect for those who enjoy walking and running laps.

WILL SKELTON GREENWAY

Island Home Park: 2225 Estelle Circle Paved Trail: 3.62 miles linear Connections: 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.

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

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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 12 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.

OUR FAVORITES FAMILY FUN

NAME: Anthony, Sarah, and Nora Walker FAVORITE PLACES: Adair Park, Victor Ashe Park, Maple Drive Greenway

KEEPING FIT

NAME: Justin Bailey FAVORITE PLACES: Powell Greenway, Powell Station Park, Victor Ashe Disc Golf Course

ADVENTURE

NAME: Jaques Palin FAVORITE PLACES: Sharp’s Ridge Trails, Fountain City Park, Tommy Schumpert Park

PARKS ADAIR PARK

1807 Adair Dr. • 39 acres

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.

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

BEVERLY PARK

5311 Beverly Park Circle • 90 acres

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.

North Features: greenway, trails, 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 walk the dog or push a stroller.

Features: playground, picnic area

CLAYTON PARK

7345 Norris Freeway • 11 acres

Knox County’s newest, the passive Clayton Park features 11 acres adjacent to Beaver Creek with natural wetlands and a paved .2-mile walking loop. The park also includes a picnic shelter with six tables, a restroom, bike racks, a grill,

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north and drinking fountain with pet fountain attached. A playground will be installed later this year, and a paved connection to the Halls Greenway will be completed with the road construction.

Features: bicycling, restrooms, picnic area, shelter

EDGEWOOD PARK

3109 Ocoee Trail • 2 acres

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.

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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.

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117 Hotel Rd. • 8 acres

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

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6400 Fountain City Rd. 73 acres

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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.

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

Features: skateboarding

Features: greenway, trails, wildlife viewing, bicycles, skateboarding, baseball, playground, picnic area, shelter, restrooms

HALLS COMMUNITY PARK

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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.

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 the nature trail that spurs into the forest.

6983 Recreation Lane • 35 acres

4204 Bruhin Rd. • 12 acres

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

LONSDALE PARK

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

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 splashpad for the kids plus an amphitheater and community building for gatherings.

Features: greenway, trails, hiking, mountain biking, splashpad, 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.

PARKS ETIQUETTE

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.

PARKS, GREENWAYS, TRAILS

• Parks are generally open from sunrise to sunset. • Alcoholic beverages, open fires, and motorized vehicles are prohibited. • Animals must be leashed except in designated dog parks. • Leave no trace—pack it in, pack it out—stay on designated trails. • All 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

• D ogs 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. •W  atch for dogs on the other side of the entry gate when entering or leaving to prevent escapes.

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

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skates on for roller hockey. The main park loop is a figure eight but has a connector trail that passes by several horse farms as it makes its way over to the Victor Ashe Greenway in Victor Ashe Park.

A paved walking trail runs along the perimeter of the park, looping the playground.

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

Features: greenway, accessible, soccer fields, tennis, roller hockey, playground, picnic area, shelter

NORTHWEST MIDDLE SCHOOL PARK

POWELL LEVI PARK

5301 Pleasant Ridge Rd. • 14 acres

7222 Martingale Dr. • 23 acres

There are two soccer fields and two tennis courts as well as plenty of open space for your choice of lawn play. Put your

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

S & J COLQUITT MEMORIAL PARK

stand and restrooms are open.

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

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.

POWELL STATION PARK 2318 W. Emory Rd. • 3 acres

Situated next to Powell High School, there is a skatepark, playground, and splashpad. The paved loop circles the play area and connects with the Powell Greenway, while the nature trail winds over to the creek.

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,

Features: greenway, trail, skateboards, playground, splashpad, picnic area, shelter

VICTOR ASHE PARK 4901 Bradshaw Rd. • 120 acres 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 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 Park. The Pleasant Ridge Greenway that parallels Pleasant Ridge Road allows users to make a full loop around the two parks. DEER LAKE DR

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north 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.

SHARP'S RIDGE MEMORIAL PARK TRAIL DOGWOOD DOG PARK 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

SHARP'S RIDGE MEMORIAL PARK

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. Just across from the first picnic area, there is a trailhead for the 1.25-mile loop single-track trail.

Features: picnic area, shelter, trails, hiking, mountain bikes, wildlife viewing

STERCHI HILLS PARK

1145 Dry Gap Pike • Soccer Complex: 2065 Rifle Range Dr. • 12 acres 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 2-mile Sterchi Hills Greenway.

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

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 doggy fountain. People benches are provided.

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

NEW HARVEST TRAILS

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

329 Sharps Ridge Natural Trail: 3+ mile loop Difficulty: easy to moderate

This multi-use trail makes an approximate 3-mile loop winding on a lower and upper trail across the wooded hill. The bottom trailhead is located just across the road from the first picnic area. For the top trailhead, drive to the parking area at the very end of the road and the trailhead is to the left of the cell tower. The upper trail is about 1.2 miles in length, connecting the bottom parking area to the top. The lower trail offers a loop option and is approximately 2 miles long.

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

GREENWAYS ADAIR AND SUE CLANCY GREENWAY 1807 Adair Dr.

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north 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 GREENWAY

5311 Beverly Park Circle Paved Trail: 0.6-mile loop Natural Trail: 1.4-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.

FIRST CREEK GREENWAY

Caswell Park: 620 Winona St. • First Creek Park: 1240 Cottage Place Paved Lower Section: 0.5 mile one-way Connection: First Creek Park Paved Upper Section: 0.9 mile one-way Connections: Caswell Park, Ashley Nicole Dream Playground The First Creek Greenway is currently divided into two sections. The Caswell Park section circles the Ashley Nicole Playground. The First Creek Park section winds alongside First Creek and features a small loop trail in the bend of the creek near the middle of the park. This 0.5-mile linear section of the greenway links First Creek Park with the Broadway Avenue sidewalk system. 50 Get Out and Play!

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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: 1.1 miles one-way Natural Trail: short

Halls Greenway provides a scenic path that connects the Halls Community Park with the Halls Branch Library and adjacent neighborhoods. From the parking area, you may choose to head northbound towards the library, a 0.6-mile one-way stretch, or southbound to Summer Oak Lane, which is 0.3 miles one-way. The northbound (straight) trail crosses over the bridge and winds

alongside Beaver Creek before branching off. Staying straight on the trail will take you to the library, while heading right, meanders through a wetland 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 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 4775 New Harvest Lane Paved Trails: Two 0.25-mile loops Natural Trail: 0.5-mile loop

Touring New Harvest Park, the greenway skirts along the wooded hillside and loops back


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north 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.

NORTHWEST GREENWAY

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

The Northwest Greenway features two loops. Each loop is approximately a mile in length and forms a figure-eight around the two soccer fields at 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.

PLEASANT RIDGE GREENWAY 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 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.

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 GREENWAY

4901 Bradshaw Rd. Paved Trail: 0.8 mile one-way Natural Trail: 1.5-mile loop Connections: Victor Ashe Park, Northwest Middle School Park, Northwest Greenway, Pleasant Ridge Greenways

This trail winds through Victor Ashe Park and connects to the Northwest Greenway along Green Heron Creek, a tributary of Third Creek. There is also a giant painted frog rock for kids (and adults) to rest upon. For cross-country trail runners, the nature trail winds through the woods and over the fields making a 1.5-mile loop around Victor Ashe Park.

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PARKS BIG RIDGE STATE PARK

1015 Big Ridge Rd., Maynardville 865-992-5523 3,687 acres

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.

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

BIG SOUTH FORK NATIONAL RIVER AND RECREATION AREA 4564 Leatherwood Rd., Oneida 423-286-7275 125,000 acres

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 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

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Features: 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 423-566-9701 673 acres

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

FORT LOUDOUN STATE HISTORIC PARK

338 Fort Loudoun Rd., Vonore 423-884-6217 1,200 acres

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

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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, fishing,

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FROZEN HEAD STATE PARK AND NATURAL AREA 964 Flat Fork Rd., Wartburg 423-346-3318 13,122 acres

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,

biking, wildflowers, birding, wildlife viewing, tennis, basketball, volleyball, horseshoes, blueway access, fishing, paddling, swimming, playgrounds, picnic areas, shelter, camping, restrooms

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 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.

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107 Park Headquarters Rd., Gatlinburg 865-436-1200 520,000 acres

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The 9-mile paved Maryville-Alcoa Greenway connects Springbrook Park in Alcoa with the Bicentennial Greenbelt and Sandy Springs Park in Maryville. From Alcoa, the greenway starts near the swimming pool at Springbrook Park, passes the schools, crosses Springbrook Road near Edison Road then follows Pistol Creek to Maryville. At the junction of the two cities, the greenway is marked as Mile 0. Heading north through Alcoa, the greenway travels for 5 miles. Heading southbound, the greenway goes 4 miles to and around Maryville. Along the way, the greenway loops through each of the parks (with the exception of Sandy Springs) providing users with links to shopping districts, businesses, nature areas, fitness stations, and picnic pavilions.

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in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! With over 800 miles of trail to explore, 700 miles of mountain streams to fish, almost 80 historic structures to visit, countless waterfalls and scenic overlooks, it is one of the most popular parks in the country. Every season is uniquely beautiful: winter’s snowcapped peaks and trails, springtime’s parade of wildflowers, summer’s cooling swimming holes, and fall’s kaleidoscope of intense colors.

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

GREENBELT PARK Downtown Maryville

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.

Features: greenways, amphitheater, picnic areas, exercise stations

HAW RIDGE PARK

821 Edgemoor Rd., Oak Ridge 778 acres 865-425-3450

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

INDIAN MOUNTAIN STATE PARK 143 State Park Circle, Jellico 423-784-7958 200 acres

Located near Tennessee’s northern border, this 200-acre park is unique in that it was developed as a reclamation project in which abandoned strip mining pits were converted to recreational use. The park is the first in the state, and likely the first in the Southeastern United States, to demonstrate the feasibility of using abandoned mining sites as parkland.

Features: trails, hiking, wildflowers, wildlife viewing, fishing, paddling, swimming, restrooms, playgrounds, accessible trail, picnic area, shelters, camping

KINGSTON CITY PARK 333 W. Race St., Kingston 865-376-6584 11 acres

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: greenways, wildlife viewing, tennis, basketball, volleyball, blueway access, fishing, paddling, playgrounds, picnic areas, shelters, restrooms

LADD PARK

1470 N. Kentucky St., Kingston 865-376-6584 7 acres

On the shoreline of the Clinch River at the mouth of the Emory River, Ladd Park features a skatepark, blueway 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: blueway access, fishing, paddling, skateboarding, picnic areas

LEGION PARK IN LOUDON 201 Ferry St., Loudon 865-458-7525 4.5 acres

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: greenways, accessible trail, skateboarding, baseball, playgrounds, picnic area, shelter, restrooms

LOUISVILLE POINT PARK 3298 Cox Rd., Louisville 16 acres

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

LOUDON MUNICIPAL PARK

1470 Roberson Springs Rd., Loudon 865-458-7525 120 acres

The Loudon Municipal Park features an 18-hole disc golf

regional course, four baseball fields, a soccer field, and a sand volleyball court. For walkers and runners, there is a halfmile paved trail and a 2-plus mile natural surface trail.

Features: greenways, accessible trail, trails, disc golf, baseball, soccer, volleyball, playgrounds, picnic areas, shelters, restrooms

MELTON LAKE PARK

Melton Lake Dr., Oak Ridge 865-425-3450

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

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

NORRIS DAM STATE PARK

125 Village Green Circle, Lake City 865-426-7461 4,038 acres

Surrounded by beautiful hardwood forests and miles of Norris Lake shoreline, Norris 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. Trails are multi-use and connect with the Norris Watershed Trail System.

Features: trails, hiking, mountain

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OBED WILD AND SCENIC RIVER 208 Maiden St., Wartburg 423-346-6294 500+ acres

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. Paddlers come from all over the Southeast to take advantage of the river’s continuous rapids, which produce some of Tennessee’s best whitewater.

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

PANTHER CREEK STATE PARK 2010 Panther Creek Park Rd., Morristown 423-587-7046 1,435 acres

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.

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ROANE COUNTY PARK

3515 Roane State Highway, Harriman 865-882-2640

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. There are even a few lakeside primitive camping spots available.

Features: greenways, wildlife viewing, tennis, baseball, disc golf, blueway access, fishing, paddling, swimming, playgrounds, splashpad, picnic areas, shelters, camping, restrooms

SANDY SPRINGS PARK 702 Best St., Maryville 865-983-9244 20 acres

This linear park is located in Maryville off Montvale Station Road and Best Street. 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

SOUTHWEST POINT PARK

1226 S. Kentucky St., Hwy. 58, Kingston 865-376-6584 22 acres 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 walking/jogging Betty Brown Memorial Walking Trail runs from Kingston City Park to Southwest Point Park all along Watts Bar Lake.

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

SPRINGBROOK PARK 1537 Dalton St., Alcoa 865-984-5612 62 acres

This multi-purpose park runs from Alcoa High School to Hunt Road along Springbrook Road. It includes a lighted walking trail along a natural spring, softball field, lighted tennis courts, basketball goals, playgrounds, a duck pond for fishing and picnic pavilions.

The free Songs by the Brook concert series—featuring live Americana, folk, and blues— starts in August.

Features: trails, picnic areas, shelters, basketball, tennis, playgrounds, swimming pool, community center, rest rooms

PETSAFE DOG PARK BIG TURTLE PETSAFE DOG PARK Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge

Located in west Oak Ridge at Big Turtle Park, this 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.

TRAILS BLACK OAK RIDGE CONSERVATION EASEMENT

Blair Rd., Oak Ridge 865-425-3450 Natural Trail: 13.7 miles 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.

EAST LAKESHORE NATIONAL RECREATION TRAIL Tellico Lake, Loudon County 865-408-9122 Nature Trails: 30 miles

The scenic East Lakeshore Trail system skirts the eastern shoreline of Tellico Lake. The hiking trails provide many scenic viewing areas with benches for observing the plentiful wildlife and wildflowers. Three signed boat landing areas allow easy access to the trails for paddlers.

HAW RIDGE PARK TRAILS

821 Edgemoor Rd. 865-425-3450 Natural Trail: 28+ miles Difficulty: moderate to strenuous

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, and mountain bikers. Featuring almost 30 miles of singletrack mixed with a few old connecting roads, you’ll want to be sure and bring a trail map. And with 5 miles of Clinch River shoreline, the park furnishes anglers and paddlers with plenty to do. Note: The park closes for hunting season. Check tn.gov/ twra for dates.

JOHNSON RIDGE TRAIL 226 Lake Dr., Bean Station 865-623-2101 Natural Trail: 1.7 mile loop Difficulty: easy

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.

LOYSTON POINT TRAILS

146-160 Lakeshore Dr., Andersonville 865-623-2101 Natural Trails: 17.7 miles Difficulty: 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 ridgetop for great views of the river below, the Cumberland Mountains to the northwest, and the Smokies to the southeast. 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.

RIVER BLUFF TRAILS

47 Norris Freeway, Rocky Top 865-623-2101 Natural Trails: 3.2 miles Difficulty: moderate

Just south of TVA’s Norris Dam are several scenic trails that are a nature wonderland for wildflower enthusiasts and

regional birdwatchers. On the western side of the Clinch River, below the dam, the River Bluff Trail loops a 3.2-mile path through old-growth hardwood. The trail follows the riverbank below moist limestone bluffs before climbing away from the river and returning along the ridgetop. The trail is moderate but there are some steep grades.

TROTTER BLUFF SMALL WILD AREA Douglas Dam and Reservoir Natural Trail: 1 mile Difficulty: moderate

TVA’s Trotter Bluff Small Wild Area encompasses about 30 acres and is characterized by a mature, upland hardwood forest. The bluff itself is a 400-foot cliff that overlooks the French Broad River. The 1-mile loop trail begins dramatically, with views of the Great Smoky Mountains from the parking lot. Winding through the forest, the trail features many American chestnut stumps and limestone sinkholes.

UT ARBORETUM WALKING TRAILS 901 S. Illinois Ave., Oak Ridge 865-483-3571

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK

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 5 miles of woods open to hikers, photographers and bird-watchers. Trail markers with interpretive signs describe many of the trees, shrubs and flowering plants. Get Out and Play! 59


RESOURCES PARK DEPARTMENTS’ CONTACT INFO CITY OF KNOXVILLE

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

KNOX COUNTY

865-215-6600 2447 Sutherland Ave. Knoxville, TN 37919 knoxcounty.org/parks

TOWN OF FARRAGUT

865-966-7057 11408 Municipal Center Dr. Farragut, TN 37934 townoffarragut.org/227/ Parks-Recreation

BLOUNT COUNTY

865-983-9244 Maryville-Alcoa-Blount County Tennessee Parks & Recreation Commission 316 S. Everett High Rd., Maryville, TN 37804 parksrec.com

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

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.

CLUBS

CYCLING

BIRDING

APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN BIKE CLUB

KNOXVILLE CHAPTER OF THE TENNESSEE ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY knoxvillebirding.org

ambc-sorba.org AMBC is a nonprofit organization 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.

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

KNOX REVOLUTION WOMEN’S CYCLING CLUB knoxrevolution.com KRWCC is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the sport of cycling among women of all ages and abilities.

KNOX VELO CYCLING CLUB knoxvelo.org KVCC’s mission is to promote the sport of cycling through competitive racing and community events, to encourage our youth to become involved in cycling as a life-long

OAK RIDGE

Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Dept. 865-425-3450 P.O. Box 1 Oak Ridge, TN 37831 orrecparks.oakridgetn.gov

TENNESSEE STATE PARKS

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

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

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Resources 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.

SEQUOYAH HIKING CLUB

VOLUNTEER LANDING activity, and to grow the sport’s awareness in East Tennessee.

DISC GOLF

ROCKET RIDERS RECUMBENT CLUB

INNOVATION VALLEY DISC GOLF ASSOCIATION

recumbentriders.org RRRC’s purpose is to help educate others about the various available cycles and simply enjoy the FUN of riding them!

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.

SMOKY MOUNTAIN WHEELMEN

KNOXVILLE DISC GOLF ASSOCIATION

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

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.

SOUTHERN CYCLING OPERATIONS

HIKING

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!

EAST TENNESSEE CHAPTER OF THE TENNESSEE TRAILS ASSOCIATION tennesseetrails.org/easttennessee.php 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.

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.

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.

GIRLS OUTSIDE girlsoutside.org G.O.’s mission is to provide opportunities for young girls to 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-HikingAdventure-Group

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 is over 600 member 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 TREK South seeks to promote all areas of South Knoxville including parks, businesses, restaurants, historic sites, and of course, wild areas.

MULTIPLE ACTIVITIES 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 to enhance appreciation of the outdoors, and presents monthly programs that range from experts in environmental Get Out and Play! 61


resources issues to entertaining speakers who have explored our world.

KNOXVILLE EXTREME SPORTS knxsports.org 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 SKI & OUTING CLUB knoxvilleskiclub.org You don’t have to ski to be in the Ski Club. They also 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: utoutdoor The UTOP mission is to provide the University of Tennessee community with outdoor adventure, recreation, and education.

PADDLING/ROWING CHOTA CANOE CLUB OF KNOXVILLE paddlechota.org Chota’s mission is to promote community paddle sport activities, safety awareness and techniques while being actively, environmentally responsible.

EAST TENNESSEE ROWING ORGANIZATION igetrowing.com East Tennessee Rowing is a community-based rowing club 62 Get Out and Play!

HARVEST PARK FARMERS’ MARKET with instructional, recreational camps, and competitive programs for adults and teens.

all backgrounds and levels of experience to the sport of rowing.

EAST TENNESSEE WHITEWATER CLUB

KTOWN SUP CLUB

etwcweb.com ETWC plans trips almost every weekend and although you do not have to become a member to attend these trips, every little bit helps ensure that the whitewater we all enjoy remains free to use.

meetup.com/KTOWN-SUP-Club This group is for anyone interested in Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Knoxville and East Tennessee. All skill levels welcome.

KNOXVILLE ON THE WATER MEETUP meetup.com/Knoxville-on-The-Water-Kayak-Canoe-River-Rafting-Sailing This club is a collection of individuals who share a common interest in paddling, watercraft on the rivers, and lakes.

KNOXVILLE ROWING ASSOCIATION knoxrowing.com Through instruction and the promotion of the health, welfare, and long-term development of its members, the Knoxville Rowing Association seeks to bring athletes of

OAK RIDGE ROWING ASSOCIATION orra.org The Oak Ridge Rowing Association was founded in 1978 with a mission to promote the sport of rowing in Oak Ridge and East Tennessee.

TENNESSEE CREW tennesseecrew.com Tennessee Crew offers both students and faculty of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville the opportunity to participate in one of the oldest, most challenging, and most rewarding intercollegiate sports in the United States.

RUNNING/WALKING KNOXVILLE TRACK CLUB ktc.org The Knoxville Track Club encourages life-long physical well-being through running and walking.

OAK RIDGE TRACK CLUB oakridgetrackclub.org ORTC’s mission is to promote fitness and well-being in the Oak Ridge community and surrounding area through running.

SAILING/BOATING CONCORD YACHT CLUB concordyachtclub.org The Concord Yacht Club was incorporated in October 1951 as a nonprofit Tennessee corporation located on property acquired by TVA in association with the Loudon Dam Construction Program. CYC has several outreach programs to promote sailing in the greater Knoxville community.


local businesses

LITTLE RIVER TRADING CO.

RIVER’S EDGE APARTMENTS

At Little River Trading Co, we want to be your local adventure resource. With experienced, knowledgeable staff, quality gear, and shop-sponsored events, we have what you need for all things hike, pack, paddle, travel, cycling, climbing, disc golf, and even a craft-beer tavern.

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2408 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy. (865) 681-4141 littlerivertradingco.com

TRAILHEAD

1317 Island Home Ave. (865) 409-4058 facebook.com/trailheadbeermarket

The Trailhead is South Knoxville’s neighborhood craft-beer joint and gateway to the Urban Wilderness. With a constantly rotating beer selection, a great patio, and access to Knoxville’s best greenways and blueways, what more could you ask for? Happy Trails!

1701 Island Home Ave. (865) 225-9838 riversedgeknox.com

1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom units Class A apartments Brand new construction Located in the heart of the upcoming Gulf & Ohio trail along the banks of the Tennessee River • Amenities to include over-size pool, bike and pet friendly, community, patios/porches, grill area, riverfront access, directly on the Rail Trail. • Leasing office opens May 2, 2016

Resources

EARTHADELIC

RUNNER’S MARKET

Earthadelic is a full-service landscape construction company located right here in Knoxville. We help bring your ideas to life! Services include: landscaping, hardscaping, outdoor structures, ponds and water features, outdoor lighting, and pool decks. View our website to check out our portfolio.

Runners Market is your local independent shop for all your running needs. If you need advice on shoe selection, hydration, good places to run… you name it, we can help. We’re a few minutes from downtown at Western Plaza.

(865) 806 -1125 earthadelic.com

4443 Kingston Pike (865) 588-1650 runnersmarket.com

TENNESSEE VALLEY BICYCLES NATIONAL PARKS UNCLE LEM’S CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION 9715 Kingston Pike 214 W Magnolia Ave. (865) 540-9979 tnvalleybikes.com

Tennessee Valley Bicycles is Knoxville’s downtown bike shop. The perfect place to get connected to Knoxville’s cycling community, they offer a level of knowledge and expertise that goes beyond cogs and bearing grease. TVB is here to help you get the most from any kind of cycling.

npca.org

National Parks Conservation Association has been the leading non-partisan voice safeguarding our national parks since 1919. NPCA and its 1 million-plus members and supporters work together to protect and preserve our nation’s natural, historic, and cultural heritage for future generations. Visit www.npca.org.

(865) 357-8566 unclelems.com

Uncle Lem’s Mountain Outfitters is a locally owned and operated, family orientated outdoor retail store located in the heart of West Knoxville. It encompasses a sense of community, while providing personal customer service along with high quality gear for any modern adventurer.

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resources

BEARDEN BIKE AND TRAIL

NAVITAT

Bearden BIKE & TRAIL is Knoxville’s only bike shop located on the Greenway, adjacent to Earth Fare at the start of the Third Creek Greenway in the heart of Bearden. Visit us to see the largest selection of bike brands in East Tennessee!

Navitat Knoxville’s tree-based zipline adventure park is full of surprises! Located within Ijams Nature Center, the park’s six different treetop “adventure trails” range in difficulty, and include ziplines, bridges, swings, nets, elevated tunnels, and more! A truly unforgettable adventure!

126 North Forest Park Blvd. (865) 200-8710 beardenbikeandtrail.com

HARD KNOX PIZZA

4437 Kingston Pike in Western Plaza, (865) 602-2114 www.hardknoxpizza.com

At Hard Knox Our Mission is to create unforgettable culinary experiences through pizza. That is a tall task, but we believe the world is largely devoid of truly amazing culinary pizza experiences. At Hard Knox we have spent years perfecting our craft in the authentic old-world Italian line of the Pizzaiolo.

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2915 Island Home Ave. (855) NAV-ITAT (628-4828) navitat.com/knoxville-tn

MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE 502 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy. Maryville, TN 37804 865-981-8125 www.maryvillecollege.edu/ campus-life/mtn-challenge/

Operating on the campus of Maryville College since 1987, Mountain Challenge provides high quality, safe outdoor experiences designed to change the world for the better, one person at a time.

HOUSE MOUNTAIN TRAILS

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


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.”

For more information about our orthopedic care or to see more of Joel’s story, visit Tennova.com. To find a doctor, call 1-855-TENNOVA (836-6682).

Tennova Healthcare accepts most major insurance plans, including BlueCross BlueShield Network S, UnitedHealthcare and most Cigna plans.

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What kind of legacy will you leave behind? Cigarette butts are the most littered item in the world, and they are often found in outdoor recreation areas, where they become toys or food for our children, pets, and wildlife.

Don’t let our beautiful parks and trails go to waste. For more information on clean-up programs, how to get involved in tobacco use prevention and control, or resources for quitting tobacco, contact the Knox County Health Department at 865-215-5170.


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