Explore the most popular river 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 don’t know if I would call this a loop because it branches off in other greenways. This is one of my favorites though due to being so close to home and UT. It’s fairly easy to find off Alcoa Hwy but traffic can get bad. The trails itself offers a variety of scenes which makes for a great ride on your bike.

I actually did a 5k run here but it doesn’t give that option lol It’s a beautiful loop with shade and sun. Very quiet area and great for a nice run or walk. Lots to offer!

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.

I love Ijams and how close it is to Downtown Knoxville. There’s always something to see here! Easy to moderate trails that anyone can enjoy.

Not a bad little walk. Better than some of the other greenways in Knoxville, TN.

walking
20 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 hike with my wife and daughters!

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.

I went with my mom. we both loved this trail

peaceful...

Great area to walk or exercise. All areas are paved. Restrooms are available. Safe and beautiful. Lots of birds to watch too.

2 months ago

Always a nice and easy hike. Great for kids with the nature center and play area.

The lake side trail up to the cemetery was a bit challenging . Other than that this place has easy hikes . Love the sights tho - very relaxing for a short Sunday hike.

trail running
3 months ago

A beautiful neighborhood park that offers volleyball, soccer, Trail and paved running. A small dog park, frisbee golf, a small lake for fishing and large pavilion. Very family oriented but lots of open space for individuals needing some alone time as well.

walking
4 months ago

This is one of my favorite walks at Ijams. Semi-long, but pretty easy. Beautiful views. Well-maintained. I take my eight-year-old on his bike and my three-month-old in the jogging stroller, and we all enjoy it.

hiking
5 months ago

Loved this trail can't wait to try another trail with my dogs.

Great trails and well maintained.

very nice park.lots of friendly people kids and dogs.I took my chihuahua she had a blast. I agree with previous poster..people clean up after your dogs.its just the right thing to do

trail running
6 months ago

Well-maintained paved trail. Gradual inclines near the bridge and the UT buildings. Not a difficult short run, but multiple laps or runs above 8 miles probably deserves a moderate rating. People I came across seemed very friendly.

hiking
6 months ago

I love Ijams, there are trails for everyone from beginners to seasoned hikers.

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!

Great view of TN river and the wealthy peoples houses
Nice easy trail

trail running
9 months ago

Nice trail with good mix of downhill and uphill.

trail running
9 months ago

Favorite trail to run so far in Knoxville. Not sure if many (or any) other trails in the area where you can run for 3 hours without going over the same ground. Spectacular forest trails! Wish some of the bike trails and hiking trails were more clearly marked but I’m sure overlapping maps are out there. If your first time exploring be sure to allow extra time for an unhurried experience.

Great hike with some ups and downs that gets your heart pumping.

Great trail includes shade and sun, flat areas, hills as well.

walking
10 months ago

This is an EASY trail. It's not a "Moderate" trail. It really isn't even a trail as it is almost completely paved. The incline is gradual, and I didn't feel even a tiny bit taxed to walked the whole path.

The parking lot is large but a little uncomfortable to get out of since traffic is moving at 50mph+ and curving with sight-lines impeded. The path has some nice views of beautiful houses, the lake, and some nice UT buildings.
It's very clean. I believe the UT golf team trains next to it. The other people I met on the trail were very friendly.

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.

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.

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