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UT Study Shows $24.9 Million Annual Economic Benefit of Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness

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A new study by the University of Tennessee estimates that the Knoxville Urban Wilderness generates $24.9 million annually for Knox County’s economy.

Trail counter data and a survey of 1,166 visitors to the Knoxville Urban Wilderness shows that 303,782 users visited the KUW in 2021. Those visitor estimates were used to show that the trail system generated $24.9 million for Knox County’s economy through direct and indirect spending in the course of the year.

Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness was Legacy Parks’ first initiative upon our founding in 2005. The 1,000 forested acres along downtown’s south waterfront is an exceptional recreation and historic corridor with nearly 50 miles of multi-use trails, 10 parks, four civil war sites, incredible views, and unparalleled natural features where you can hike, bike, paddle, and play just minutes from downtown.

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