Baker Creek Preserve
In 2013, Legacy Parks received a 100-acre donation of land from the Wood family that was transformed into an outdoor recreational destination with nearly seven miles of multi-use and downhill mountain bike trails, a bike pump track plus a natural, adventure playground.
The five trails on Baker Creek Preserve’s north ridge were funded by a $200,000 Recreational Trails Program grant from the Tennessee Department of Conservation. Three of the five trails are for both hiking and biking and include a virtually flat beginner trail. Two dedicated downhill mountain bike trails introduced a different style of trail into the Urban Wilderness trail system.
This project not only expanded Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness for recreational fun, but connected schools, businesses, neighborhoods and neighbors with these trails. Our 50+ miles of trail are recreational amenities for both residents and visitors.
Knoxville's Urban Wilderness is a spectacular outdoor adventure area 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. There's an adventure for everyone!
Baker Creek Preserve was connected to the existing Urban Wilderness trail system by a bridge across Redbud Road, funded and built by Legacy Parks and the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club.
Additionally, Legacy Parks created a nature playground at Baker Creek Preserve and a middle school playspace across the street.
Legacy Parks also facilitated the creation of the Cherokee and Baker Creek Trails connecting South Doyle Middle School into Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness. The trail construction was the legacy project for the Professional TrailBuilders Association when they held their national conference in Knoxville.
State of Tennessee, City of Knoxville, AMBC, REI, Siddiqi Foundation, Earthadelic