Looking for a great trail near Knoxville, Tennessee? AllTrails has 41 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Concord Park or Sequoyah Park. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 28 easy trails in Knoxville ranging from 0.7 to 7.6 miles and from 816 to 1,148 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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mountain biking
14 days ago

Little soft in spots

Flow and Hickory are mountain biking trails. They are labeled as multipurpose though. Flow is clearly more used than Hickory by how wide the brush and over growth clearing is. Not a bad trail to stretch your legs and have some elevation gain to get off the main trail.

Not bad crowded nice day for a walk

hiking
muddy
15 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

a b c outer lake loop out

walking
26 days ago

Clean, well maintained greenway. Much of it recently resurfaced.

walking
1 month ago

Nice, paved trail with good river views.

Very easy, flat greenway. Great views of the river.

Nice, paved trail. Interesting Civil War history at the informational sign.

I live close by and run this with my dogs regularly. Love the wide, paved trails.

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

Good short little trail. Great signage with the area's link to history and civil war.

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.

1 month 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.

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.

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
3 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.

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

walking
3 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

This is a great place, but remember it is not a park. It is a TWRA wildlife management area meant for hunting. During hunting season Sept.-May, only the Western Perimeter Trail, Will Skelton Greenway and Whaley Trail are open to the public. TWRA is funded almost entirely by the sale of hunting and fishing licenses and pays for the management of this WMA. The public should not use the interior trails during hunting season, for their own safety and out of respect for those hunters that pay for the management of the WMA. A bullet can travel a long way and hunters will not expect members of the public, nor see them through the woods and brush, to be using those interior trails.

hiking
3 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.

walking
3 months ago

It’s decent but it has become quite sketchy lately. Definitely don’t go alone.

road biking
3 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!

walking
4 months ago

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

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