Explore the most popular Kid Friendly trails near Knoxville with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Loop at Ijams connecting several short trails. Abundant wildflowers, e.g. bloodroot, early blossoms of trillium, daffodils. Scenic overlooks of the river valley and rock quarries. Several areas for rock climbing. Some child friendly areas. Bat caves are closed by iron gates, but you can climb to them and peer inside.

I’ve been on several hikes that have far better natural aesthetic qualities, however, Ijams deserves a huge five star “thumbs up” for its proximity to an urban area. Great place for people to learn and value their natural world! Wonderful educational programs about conservation, e.g. gardening, birding, hikes. *****

ok lots of people enjoying the day

road biking
washed out
10 days ago

One of the tunnels is flooded and closed off. Still a good bike trail!

hiking
muddy
13 days ago

We’ve had LOTS of rain so the trail hasn’t had time to dry, very muddy. There were several Heron in the lake which was amazing to see. There was lots of road noise around the lake area. Still a very nice trail.

mountain biking
muddy
21 days ago

I would have given this trail 5 stars if part of the trail alongside the Tennessee River was not closed due to a mud or rock slide. Otherwise it is a great exercise trail as it covers an elevation of more than 200 ft. It also affords great views of the city skyline from the top of the bluff.

Really quaint little walking area. Some of it is paved and some is a mulch pathway, but you can choose many routes to walk along. The creek and bridges are really fun for toddlers- definitely a good toddler “trail.”

Not bad crowded nice day for a walk

walking
1 month ago

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

walking
2 months 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.

walking
2 months ago

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.

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
4 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
4 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
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.

walking
4 months ago

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

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
5 months ago

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

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