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Trail User Shows Gratitude for New West Perimeter Trail

West Perimeter Trail, a new multi-use trail, opened in the Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area this week. This 2.4-mile moderate-difficulty trail offers an alternate connection for hikers and bikers along the west edge of the property that was most recently recognized by thousands of visitors for its blooming fields of sunflowers.

The trail winds from the Whaley trailhead on Burnett Creek Road to the Will Skelton Greenway, near the McClure Lane parking lot. Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency (TWRA) owns and manages the land at Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area and maintains a partnership with Legacy Parks Foundation and the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club to build and maintain multi-use trails at Forks of the River within Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness.

When visiting Forks of the River WMA, recreationalists should be aware that it is an active hunting and habitat-protection area with special conditions. All trails in the area used for bicycling require a High Impact Conservation Permit, except the Will Skelton Greenway and Whaley Trail (formerly known as Auggie’s Run and Bluff Trail).

The trails are also governed by specific times of use. The Will Skelton Greenway and Whaley Trail are open year round. All other trails are closed to non-hunters from September 6, 2016 through February 29, 2017 except Saturdays and Sundays when the area is closed to non-hunters until noon. During Spring Turkey season, April 2nd through May 15th, the trails (excluding the Will Skelton Greenway and Whaley Trail) are closed to non-hunters until noon.

More information about the Forks of the River WMA trails can be found here. And for a complete list of regulations regarding Forks of the River and more information about purchasing a High Impact Conservation Permit, visit www.tn.gov/twra/

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