Explore the most popular trails in Sharps Ridge Memorial Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

mountain biking
muddy
16 days ago

hiking
4 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.

The steep mountainside makes it feel like you’re high up in the trees. It’s very popular with bikers so if you hike it, listen and watch for them.

It really needs to be marked better, though. We ended up on the bike-only trail by accident and it could have been dangerous. No blazes made it guesswork the whole way.

It's a good trail for a nearby escape. However, I feel a little uncomfortable when by myself having known the area and its reputation. I always have my dog with me and she loves her mom so that helps.

Great quick little hike with some really good views and lots of shade. Would definitely recommend to others.

A cool trail so close to the city! I suppose the views in the fall/winter would be better. There were no views from the trail, only at the observation point on the driveway. Parking was confusing . We didn’t drive all the way up until after we hiked - you do find more parking at the top. But overall a great trail.......I suppose that a little more than hiking and biking goes on up there in order for there to be warning signs and surveillance by the police department.

8 months ago

Nice, quick fix for a trail run near the city. However, it's really geared more for mountain bikers than it is for hiking or trail running. Should be noted that the place feels a little seedy and I wouldn't recommend going alone.

trail running
9 months ago

For what it is, it’s a great trail. A little bit of woods in the middle of the city. Just a quick getaway. Obviously it isn’t going to be Abrams falls, but it’s a good evening place to clear ur mind w a run.

Nice part is there are several side trails. Trail markings could be better at times. Overall, it was good cardio!

hiking
Friday, February 09, 2018

Did not have a good signs or directions but thankfully the bikers there were nice and showed us the way so we had a great time.

hiking
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

went by myself though and did not feel safe since it was pretty secluded. tons of trails

hiking
Sunday, October 01, 2017

Lovely hike. Would have been better without broken glass on the trail. Also, not really a loop.

hiking
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

This is a nice comfortable trail where changes in elevation can be added in by taking side trails. One of the main trails that runs nearby is for mountain bikes only. I actually ran down part of that trail, and it would be amazing for biking. By adding that section of trail into the overall path, I got an excellent change in elevation and added quite a bit of distance as it connects to trails that are lower down the mountain.

hiking
Monday, September 04, 2017

This is a good cardio hike since the trail is up and down the entire way. Views are nice and I love that it's dog friendly. This is a great option if you want to get in the woods but don't necessarily want to drive very far. I do wish there with more trail markers since there are many splits.

hiking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Took my dog with me as I hiked this trail and I really enjoyed it! It's really not hard at all and there aren't many hills.
The view was nice (except as someone already pointed out, there were power lines that somewhat blocked it). However, even driving up to the trail head there are places you can stop and park and enjoy the view without having to go on the trial. I'm definitely going to go hiking here again!

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Did not really go anywhere

hiking
Sunday, June 18, 2017

Quaint trail mainly packed earth/dirt terrain with slight elevation gains, my dog loved it. Slight deliverance/murder mystery vibe at times but had no problems, actually did not see a single person on the trail. While it does not offer particular good views if looking for a secluded nature trail close to the city would recommend.

hiking
Monday, May 15, 2017

This was a good trail, I will do it again for the challenge/fitness of it. However, the level was not marked correctly. Alltrails reflects this as EASY trail; this was definitely not easy, moderate to say the least. It was challenging, which I liked, but I was expecting EASY. I feel Alltrails should change to moderate. Additionally, we came upon bikers on the "non bikers only" path. No big deal, but another detail that should be mentioned about the trail. It is a very narrow trail, cannot walk side by side, so when a biker comes, it was a lil unnerving.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

It was a good trail. My 8 year old son was able to do it. There are a couple of places where the view is good. The trials are in good shape. We hiked the upper and middle trails

walking
Sunday, April 02, 2017

Enjoyed the walk. Went with my husband and son. Nice views of Knoxville. A few more inclines than expected, but was worth doing.

Monday, February 13, 2017

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.

hiking
Thursday, February 09, 2017

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.

hiking
Saturday, January 21, 2017

Close to home. Great hike to take your dog with you. Nice views of the city.

hiking
Saturday, November 12, 2016

Good trail. Not busy today. Great easy hike with dogs. Bike trails for more advanced users. Views of downtown Knoxville.

mountain biking
Friday, September 23, 2016

this is a intermedate trail that i would rate as moderate with fast down hill runs and steep hills, jumps and tight turns but a fun ride.Not much Parking

hiking
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Easy hike in North Knoxville. Good winter views. Good areas to picnic.

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