Enjoy eight self-guided hikes, discover new places, socialize with fun folks, have fun and get fit!
Select Your Adventure(s)!
#1 Sharp’s Ridge
Distance: 2.8 Miles
Trailhead: 3400 Dill Street, Knoxville, TN 37917
Park in the gravel lot at the trailhead and begin this 2.8-mile hike on the Lincoln Trail. Stay to the left and follow the Lincoln Trail around the western end of the ridge until you meet the Independence Trail. Take a left and hike down the ridge, around North Ridge Loop, and back up Independence to Lincoln and back to the trailhead.
Distance: 2.4 Miles
Trailhead: Gerson Drive, Knoxville, TN 37920
This 2.4-mile hike begins behind Dogwood Elementary School. Park roadside on Gerson Drive then hike down and stay to the left to make your way to Stanley Lippencott Park. Take the loop around the edge of the park, then make your way back on the same trail to Dogwood and explore the outdoor classrooms before you call it a day!
Park at Mary Vestal Park and hike until you cross Blount Avenue and enter Big Rock Pass trail. This will take you into Fort Dickerson where you will take a right on the Pit Viper trail until you reach the beautiful overlook of the quarry. Take the same route back to your car for a roughly 2-mile hike.
#4 Calloway Ridge Trail
Distance: 1.8 Miles
Trailhead: By the roundabout at Concord Rd. & Northshore
Park at the Calloway Ridge Trailhead off of the roundabout at Concord Road and Northshore Road and enjoy 1.8 miles of natural surface trail that winds along the lake and makes several loops, offering a wide variety of terrain on a heavily wooded ridge.
Park in the gravel parking lot off of Cherokee Trail and begin down the gravel path which will become a natural, unmarked trail. Take a right at the fork to get to the bluffs high above the Tennessee River and end at the lookout with beautiful views of Downtown Knoxville, UT Campus and the river winding beside the city.
#6 New Harvest Park
Distance: +/- 1 Mile
Trailhead: 4775 New Harvest Lane, Knoxville, TN 37918
Warm up on the paved loop that surrounds the playground and community buildings, then find the mowed trail behind a bench at the top of the loop. You will hike through the woods, up the ridge and back down, then take a right to cross the parking lot and walk the wetland loop with interesting tress and shrubs.
#7 Beaver Creek Duo
Distance: +/- 2.5 Miles
Trailheads: 330 W Emory Rd , Powell TN 37849 and 7221 Harrell Rd, Knoxville, TN 37931
Beginning at Collier Preserve, take a left from the parking lot and continue to the bridge where there is a half-mile loop. On your way back, take the flagstone path for a detour to the creek.
At Roy Arthur Stormwater Park, there is a half-mile loop around a wetland with beautiful native grasses and wildflowers. This unique park shows models of stormwater managment practices usch as rain gardens, wetland ponds and stream buffers.
#8 Ten Mile Creek
Distance: 3 or 5 Mile options
Trailhead: 200 North Peters Road, Knoxville, TN 37923
Park beside the movie theater at the trailhead and take the greenway 1.6 miles, continuing straight at the greenway junction to reach Gallaher View Road. You can turn around here for a 3-mile hike, or cross the road and take a right to walk another mile to West Hills Park and turn around for a 5-mile round trip.
Outdoor Knoxville Initiative
Legacy Parks’ Outdoor Knoxville initiative has a goal of making Knoxville’s incredible natural and recreation assets an economic driver for our region.
The initiative includes:
Transforming a city building into the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center, a destination where residents and visitor can get gear and learn how to recreate in the region
Creating and operating OutdoorKnoxville.com, a comprehensive website with events, activities, organizations, products, and other information, making it easy for anyone to get out and play
Assisting organizations and groups – both local and national – produce outdoor events; and educating and advocating for more outdoor recreational opportunities.