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Big Rock Pass

Legacy Parks created the .3 mile Big Rock Pass trail in 2021, providing an integral trail connection within Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness. The trail runs along Blount Avenue and directly connects Mary Vestal Park to Fort Dickerson Park at the lower Augusta Quarry entrance.

A portion of the trail passes through private property owned by Bobby Smelcer that is now under easement held by Legacy Parks. Smelcer has plans for the property to include the opening of Quarry Trails Campground and RV Park – urban camping sites.

Legacy Parks launched Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness (KUW) initiative in 2008, now a regional destination contributing an annual local economic impact of $24.9 million, according to a report from the Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.

KUW is a spectacular outdoor destination where you can hike, bike, climb, paddle, or just wander in the woods – all within the heart of the city. Over 60 miles of trails and greenways connect you to a beautiful nature center, pristine lakes, historic sites, dramatic quarries, adventure playgrounds, five city parks, and a 600-acre wildlife area.

Project Partners

City of Knoxville, Contour Trail Design, AMBC

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