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Big Rock Pass trail connection opens

Big Rock Pass

Legacy Parks Foundation cut the ribbon to open the newest trail connection within Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness. The new .3 mile 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 Foundation. Smelcer’s plans for the property include the opening of Quarry Trails Campground and RV Park – urban camping sites coming in Spring 2022.

Legacy Parks partnered with Contour Trail Design and City of Knoxville crews to create the trail. The Appalachian Mountain Bike Club provided funding for a portion of the trail located on city property.

“Parks and trails are an important part of a community. When parks and neighborhoods are connected by safe walking and biking routes, it allows all members of the community access to outdoor recreation,” explained Carol Evans, Legacy Parks’ executive director. “The closer you live to a park, the more likely you are to use it. And we are happy to help improve access to our wonderful parks and trails.”

Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness, a recreational, cultural, and historic preservation initiative championed by Legacy Parks Foundation, incorporates 1,000 forested acres along downtown’s south waterfront. It creates an exceptional recreation and historic corridor inviting residents and visitors to experience the special character-defining assets of our city. With nearly 50 miles of multi-use trails, 10 parks, four civil war sites, incredible views, and unparalleled natural features, this unique area provides a premiere outdoor experience.

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