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.
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.