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

Easy fun trail with great views

Great trail clean

awesome and easy

We broke this trail in half and both times we had a great hike! I believe it was the Hardwood segment going uphill was a burst of work that was full filling in the end.

We also did half of it on a fairly muddy trail (enough to bar biking but not hiking), but we had a pair of sticks between us and it was pretty fun! Little bits of slipping but lots of jumping. That was the Yellow Jacket run.

Definite do-able again.

http://www.outdoorknoxville.com/urban-wilderness

Fun for hiking or biking all year long.

trail running
11 days ago

Fantastic place for any type of run; long, speed, or easy. This place can’t be beat! Start at the dam for pancake flat miles. Out and back up to 12 miles total with no elevation gain. For more of a challenge (and beautiful river views), start downtown and incorporate the bridges into your run.

walking
16 days ago

This is a nice trail for a decent weekend walk. The paths are wide to accommodate bikes, so it makes it nice for dogs and strollers as well. During the spring and summer you can find many species of wildflower, but be sure to bring sunglasses for the few portions of uncovered trail. Be sure to make a restroom break before hitting the trail if you’re walking as there really aren’t any places to stop until you hit Tyson park. Same goes for places to throw away doggie bags. If you’re coming from the Bearden area be sure to go all the way to the end so you can enjoy the UT gardens. During the summer their are so many flowers to check out.

The major downside of this trail is the high traffic and the smell for the 3rd creek. Once you pass university commons and the creek widens it can be a little depressing to see all the trash, but with all the conservation efforts perhaps it will be a little cleaner in the future.

Overall it was a relaxing walk and a great way to enjoy some nature in the city.

great trail for biking....but that's all I'd recommend it for. too much bird poop to be on foot, and it's usually crowded.its pretty bring by the water though.

I’ll bring some more stuff with y’all for la

walking
2 months ago

walking
2 months ago

not much to see except for down the river looking at the pyramid and bridge

nice urban paved trail... lots of man made structure all along the path but very beautful still... less natural than all your other trail though

three stars only bc there is alot of driveway and store crossings. its great for biking and walking. super easy on the river side. the other side has a few hills that take your breath away but my kids 12 and 7 did great on them. Also had the kid trailer on our bikes and had no issues. would recommend bring your lock and wallet and check out the stores and eat at the apple valley restaurant very good, but worth the price. all in all great 10 mile ride..

road biking
3 months ago

Beautiful biking trail.

4 months ago

Very public, a nice short walk around the middle of cookeville

Good local walking trail -especially in the off-season when traffic isn't so heavy.

road biking
5 months ago

Amazing place to take a run or bike ride. You can actually extend this to a 18-20 mile bike ride if you keep going on sidewalks past exchange place. Beautiful creek and a small waterfall also.

My review is from the prespective of an amateaur landscape photographer.

I completed this "hike" as a scenic drive. Since I live in Maryville, TN I've probably done this trip well over 30 times. It's a nice drive and fairly scenic, but it's just not the same caliber experience as other nearby scenic drives. If you want a "backdoor" to the GSMNP and want to avoid the craziness that is Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, then take this route.

If you are looking for a scenic drive and photographic opportunities, your time would be better spent on the nearby Foothills Parkway, Newfound Gap (441), Little River Road, Cades Cove Loop Rd, or the superb Blue Ridge Parkway.

The William Hastie Natural Area is just a short drive off of Chapman Hwy and is the southern most entry to Knoxville's Urban Wilderness other than the Private Land Easement that lies due east of it off the Lost Chromosome trail. The loop is moderate and less travelled than others in the KUO due to it's location and entry point and is probable used more by mountain bikers, but can be excessively muddy for that reason. It's a rather easy loop with no views to speak of and little elevation change that doesn't diverge very far off the main trail but could be attractive to someone wanting a less rigorous hike, run or mountain biking session with less traffic. The last section actually consists of private land easement but only briefly encounters any residential development.

hiking
6 months ago

The first part of the recorded route is the paved city park loop. The park features playground equipment and has a small clump of woodlands in it's center. The second part of the route follows an old roadbed and offers a view of Garner Lake. Getting to the old roadbed can be tricky. You can hike along the road or you can hike through the woods.

Great park to walk and bike. Great for kids. Riverfront park section has a playground. There is also a walking suspension bridge here to cross over to downstream tip of Long Island. Now overtaken mostly by Eastman on the other side, this Island was the Mecca for Cherokee people's. It was sacred land taken from them in a "treaty" causing the famous split of chief dragging canoe to form the chickamagua tribe that settled in the Chattanooga region. This tribe cursed, terrorized and raided white settlements, all the way up to Pennsylvania, for decades as revenge against the treaty. Lots of history and energy in this area. Great to watch wildlife such as beavers and blue herons near sunset. Long Island is a great place to meditate and reconnect

I walk this regularly. It is multi-use trail shared with bicycles. It is paved and is a moderate difficulty trail. Easy access and an opportunity to escape urban hiking. Several places to get off and eat, drink or rest. The trail follows the river and offers some pastoral and wildlife views. Trail is safe and has several water fountains and facilities.

hiking
10 months ago

nice and quiet. kids loved it.

trail running
10 months ago

Connects to the river walk. Great place for a run!

trail running
10 months ago

Best place in Chattanooga to go for a short or long run and train for a race. Connects to South Chickamauga Creek Greenway too.

Good walk, great views, safe for kids

fun bike ride. easy for all ages.

walking
11 months ago

My husband and I have taken the kids out as well as going just for the exercise. I have always felt safe and never had any issues.

road biking
11 months ago

This trail is a pedestrian crossing and isn’t dangerous at all.

road biking
11 months ago

Great trail. Very well marked. Get to see a lot of the Chattanooga highlights. You can even do it by using the Chattanooga bike system.

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