Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

I enjoy this area for many reasons, it’s great for hiking and kayaking. The uphill switchbacks are a great workout with beautiful views. There are 2 different entrances to the park, one with a boat launch and the other for hiking or biking. I recommend trying this trail.

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.

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hiking
8 days ago

Because of certain circumstances, we had to break this trail into thirds, but because of the varying difficulties and lengths, we were able to feel challenged. That bottom half of Chain Ring was a challenge if you caught it going uphill, and we did it both directions so we know!

Of note, it was pretty interesting to see Knox Forest School using such a beautiful area for one of their campuses.

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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.

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.

Kinda rocky in parts! Decent enough trail with ok markings ! We came across 2 trees that were down which were easily gone around and added to the morning’s adventure! It amazes me that we have these trails right here in Knoxville!!

1 month 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.

nice shaded easy walk.

trail running
2 months ago

When I went, it was the middle of a hot day in early June. Only the north entrance was open. I encountered less than 10 other ppl during my 1.5 hours uphill towards the south parking lot then back on Wimp’s pass (begrudgingly only due to the name). It was mid-afternoon and all the people I saw appeared towards the end of my jaunt. Not over burdened by insects or “technical” terrain. The uphill was definitely that. The low way back was flat and easy. I think due to the proximity to Knoxville this system is excellent.

trail running
2 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.

NOT a great place to go if you have kids, or do not want to be around copious amounts of drugs and alcohol.

Took our dog with us for a walk, and almost instantly realized how much better our local parks are for this.

If you are into drugs, underage drinking, and young trashy girls in skimpy bikinis; then this is the place for you.

Trail itself pretty easy and isn’t bad at all. However, people who visit don’t have enough respect to clean up after their self. Trash all over the place.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a good wooded trail BUT very buggy!! Lots of mosquitos and many little trails inside the big trail!

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

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.

Big disappointment because it has so much potential. It’s neat to have a nice hiking trails so close to downtown and the quarry views are fantastic. Recently the city invested a lot of money in sprucing up the main parks over look and the old fort Dickerson Civil War fort. But it’s odd that this trail doesn’t connect to the park. At least not officially. There are some unofficial trails that do connect to the park and there’s a lot of potential if they were well-kept. But, unfortunately, they are trashy and you pass by more than one homeless camp along the way. The city really needs to invest in making a complete loop around the quarry and back to the park while cleaning up and policing the park a little better. If they do that, I would give this five stars.

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.

Great easy trail with beautiful lake/river views. I love the option to hike different difficulties and change up the scenery. Normally I dislike trails with multiple trails all attached, but these were clear and not all over the place.

Directions from alltrails app are not correct. Entrance is prior to where it has you turn.

Also please note there is a leash law in TN. I encountered 2 off-leash dogs on this trail. It’s one thing if your dog obeys all commands even while distracted, it’s another if your dog runs up to my often time unfriendly and protective leashed dog and puts all of us, including my child, in danger. USE A DANG LEASH... PLEASE!

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

Not much of a trail, good if you’re looking for an extremely easy short walk.
But the quarry is beautiful

This is a beautiful hike! I loved the views. I wish there were better trail markings and information. It took a while just to figure out where the trail was located.

mountain biking
9 months ago

This is a trail on privet property but starts about halfway through Lost Chromosome has some man made wood structures that are a blast lots of technical places all the rock you want and some though hills.

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

fun trail with an area for my dog to swim

Pretty water views and no litter make this little park a nice place to visit. There were only a few people when we were there, -all of them fishing. The entrance is hidden, so of you've not been before, it will creep up on you. Also of note, there are actually 2 entrances-- one north, one south of the bridge, and both have parking.

hiking
10 months ago

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.

A nice little city hike. Several nice overlooks too. It would be nice if the city would go in and dispose of the litter and leftovers from campsites of yester-years. I would definitely do it again though, and bring my swimming trunks!

Awesome ... nice trails for beginner and expert , once you get into the mountain ain't matter if you are beginner or expert ... take the challenge and you will make it.

hiking
11 months ago

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.

rock climbing
11 months ago

There's a parking lot where you first enter. If you keep driving down the dirt road it takes you to a second (closer) parking lot. It's a stone's throw to the quarry. Not a hike at all. But the quarry is gorgeous! Beautiful, clear water. Trees. Large rocks to sit on. Perfect venue for a picnic.

I went on a busy day. Lots of ppl so maybe that's why I felt totally safe. People were friendly. Everyone had a huge inflatable rubber duckie or blow up floaty of some kind. The quarry water is warm with sudden VERY DEEP drop offs. Be very careful. Ppl giving zero cares were rock climbing up the sides of the quarry then jumping in the water.

They had trash and recycling cans out (thank you for recycling!). That may have cut down on the litter others complained about. I didn't see any litter on my trip. Clean & beautiful.

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