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Melissa W. on Concord Park Trails
I like these trails because they are near the water, they are safe for people who hike alone, it's good for kids because it's not too strenuous and fairly flat, and it's easily accessible for those of us who live in the surrounding area. It's one of my go-to hiking spots for some close, outdoor cardio and fresh air!
Melissa W. on I.C. King Park Trails
I didn't feel safe on this trail alone. I actually only got about a half mile in, and I turned back and went to my car. There was a family sleeping in a car at the trailhead, as well. I'm sure the view of the water is great if you get further down the trail, though.
Melissa W. on Sharps Ridge Loop Trail
The view of Knoxville is good except for the heavy cables and wires. I didn't feel safe on this trail. Afterward I found out it's referred to as 'pickle park'. While, it's supposed to be better maintained and patrolled than in the past, I have to say that I wouldn't return to this trail, especially by myself.
Melissa W. on Ijams Nature Center Trail
Nice river walk. Good for kids because it's fairly flat, easy, and short.
The trail was great. I enjoyed every bit of it, EXCEPT for the 2 times that I had to pass someone with a dog, NOT ON A LEASH. The city website rules on this park, #2 dogs must be on a leash and #3 respect other trail users. Both not adhered to. If you have a dog you need to realize 2 things, not everyone is comfortable around dogs and not everyone likes dogs. I don't really dislike dogs but they scare the shit out of me, SO, I am not going to be comfortable around your dog, coming up on a trail. So how about giving other users some courtesy and respect and put your dog on a leash. Especially when I look at you and tell you that I am terrified of dogs, don't just let your dog, not on a leash, keep walking towards me and just say, oh. I have been attacked by dogs before AND by an owner who said his dog was a big baby and is just playing, mean while I am being mauled by the bastard. Come on people, your dog acts totally different for you than it does other people and I don't give a crap WHAT you say, I don't see your big dog as a big baby, I see it as that damn dog who had me on the ground when I was a kid ripping into my skin and the owner laughing, saying he is just playing, meanwhile my clothes are ripped and I am bloody.
I appreciate the guy that didn't have his dog on a leash but grabbed the dogs collar and came on by me, like I asked him to.