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Great place to hike with my dog. Wide, well-maintained trail with enough uphill climbing to make it a pretty good workout. Only saw four other people on the trail.

Pleasant walking trail with some steep areas. Located in a park along Tennessee River. Children’s playground and soccer fields onsite.

Great short loop with a few steep points. Nice views of GSMNP and quarry from above. Get pretty slick after heavy rains. Easy access from parking, Ijams and downtown, but still feels secluded and peaceful.

hiking
17 days ago

great hike. easy access to trailhead. beautiful walk next to river. well maintained. hills and terrain offer enough of a workout to feel like a hike and not just a walk.

18 days ago

good hike for a warm up. vary chill not to much traffic.

Really fun trial close to downtown. The expert trail was a little overgrown and had some fallen trees that made navigating and staying on trail difficult at times. Overall had a good time and will definitely be back.

I couldn't find the longer trail due to flooding. Some parts of the downtown trail seemed to be not very safe.

Nice greenway, the park is beautiful and has a lot to offer kids. Being able to go far on the greenway is a perk, but sometimes there are some interesting people on it the further you get as well.

A very nice moderate hike. We hiked in the winter so no spiders.  it was the perfect hike to get some exercise but not so strenuous that you’re completely spent afterwards. The trails are wide and well maintained. There were some lose rocks on the trails but nothing too hazardous. Overall, a nice hike.

Nice trail. Easy to find and follow the trail. We went on a weekend where there happened to be a 5k run so there were far too many people. Not a strenuous hike for sure. Follows the river in spots and has a boardwalk past a cave. That was pretty neat to see. Visitors center and rescued birds were very nice. I’d recommend for a quick walk in the woods.

hiking
1 month ago

We did part of the park, starting out on the Melton Lake Greenway, connecting with Saddle, to middle, then took Lake road back to the beginning again. That part took us about 1 1/2 hours, with our small dog, but he loved it! I must say, the trails were marked VERY well, with maps in places even. Very impressed. We will go back and do a different portion next time. :)

road biking
1 month ago

Short and easy bike greenway going along a creek. On december Monday it was not crowded at all.

It’s a decent workout with good views of the lake. Nothing particularly spectacular, but a nice walk through the woods on a well-maintained trail.

Nice trail. We went the “back way” on the loop, going clockwise. It was more difficult that way—the uphill section is quite steep for about a quarter of a mile. I can see that coming the other direction would have been an easier climb. But the scenery was nice, and my kids all seemed to enjoy it.

hiking
2 months ago

Really enjoyed this trail. Saw raccoon and snake. Nice hike

Wonderful short hike! Took my 2 & 5 year old. Was a little challenging for the 2 yo. Had to carry her some. Definitely need good shoes. The majority is uphill and downhill. Slippery especially with leaves this time of year. (November)
The cemetary was really neat. Theh granddaughter of a couple people buried there had left some info about them.
The outlooks were very pretty.
Not too crowded.
Saw about 5 couples so not too crowded.
If you wanted to continue you could always do the other trails once you loop around. There's tons to explore around there.

not much elevation chnge, which us good for a 70 year old. trails are very well maintained.

Great quick way to get outside with the family close to home!

walking
2 months ago

I walk this trail daily on my lunch break. It’s an easy walk, most of the time it’s peaceful, and the park is well taken care of

hiking
2 months ago

Sharp’s Ridge Loop Trail is a roughly 4 mile moderate loop hike located inside the 640 loop in North Knoxville. It is convenient for a short morning or afternoon hike when time is limited and provides a few nice vistas looking south toward downtown and the Smoky Mountains beyond. The canopy of trees can be thick in the non-winter months which can be a nice respite on hot summer days. The only drawback to the trail is that it intermingles with the mountain back trail that parallels it and due to poor marking, can be difficult to know which one your actually on and therefore dangerous. I recommend hiking it at non-peak times to minimize this danger. I’ve also been told it is a good hike in wet conditions because of how well it drains after heavy rains.

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty good trail overall. Seen several deer while we were hiking too, which was pretty cool.

road biking
2 months ago

Knoxville’s premier 5.3 mile loop through beautiful Sequoyah Hills down Cherokee Blvd. Very roadie friendly and always someone to ride and chat with. Each lap will give you about 400 ft of climb and there are multiple Strava segments.

I walk my dog about three times a week on this greenway. It is very safe, high trafficked, and paved. Great for children and dog walking.

I agree that this is a neat trail for being pretty much right in Knoxville. The river walk and cave are pretty neat. My daughter and I also went up the tower trail a ways-nice spot to sit and take in the view. Will probably walk it again sometime since it’s so close.

Great trail, and park. Friendly people!

mountain biking
3 months ago

good maintained trail if biking direction is critical the best route is to stay left you will go down the steepest hills and up the longer but not as steep the steep ones are very steep to try and ride up trail is part old fire road and some trail most is shaded but the power line hill is in the wide open has lake access about half way

walking
3 months ago

Been walking at N.Shore for years. Nice walk, some shaded areas and a couple of moderate hills.

Did the river walk trail as a family. Great trail for all levels especially younger kids. My six year old loved it

nature trips
3 months ago

Ratings are all relative :) I gave this a 5 as this seems perfect when you think about a trail that is in a city. I’m not from the area so this was the first time I had checked out this area. This particular trail was pretty great. It was diverse in the type of scenery...from river views to rocks to seeing a cave to a pond etc. Definitely an easy path. I only came across a couple groups of people which was nice as well. I went at 6 pm on a Wed night though. I bet it gets crowded on the weekends though. I would go again and frequent often if I lived in Knox.

Ps. You can make this trail a bit longer by veering off the path periodically on the other side trails.

This also is more along the lines of an easy trail vs moderate.

For a hike in a city this is as good as it gets. I wish I had access to something like this in IL. I agree with the person that reviewed this trail the same day as me (10/2/18). I went in the evening and while more people were there most of the trail was quiet...so think they were on other trails or right by the quarry.

I did record my distance and I hit 2 miles but I did double track certain areas going back for pics etc after people would leave so it is definitely less than 2 if you don’t double back.

It has an incline for most of the mountain side of the quarry. Only recommendation is to get there with sufficient time to do the trail at the pace you want before dark. I had to jog in spots to make it through before dark when the gates close :)

Oh and I also wish I had my hiking boots instead of gym tennis shoes, but I didn’t pack them this trip.

If I lived here, I would go here frequently. The pics do not do it justice.

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