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.

ok lots of people enjoying the day

road biking
washed out
6 days ago

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

hiking
muddy
9 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

hiking
4 months ago

Really enjoyed this trail. Saw raccoon and snake. Nice hike

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

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.

road biking
4 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.

walking
5 months ago

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

Did the river walk trail as a family. Great trail for all levels especially younger kids. My six year old loved it

nature trips
5 months ago

Ratings are all relative :) I gave this a 5 as this seems perfect when you think about a trail that is in a city. I’m not from the area so this was the first time I had checked out this area. This particular trail was pretty great. It was diverse in the type of scenery...from river views to rocks to seeing a cave to a pond etc. Definitely an easy path. I only came across a couple groups of people which was nice as well. I went at 6 pm on a Wed night though. I bet it gets crowded on the weekends though. I would go again and frequent often if I lived in Knox.

Ps. You can make this trail a bit longer by veering off the path periodically on the other side trails.

This also is more along the lines of an easy trail vs moderate.

Most trails appear to be of easy to moderate + difficulty. Intresting trails and scenic greenways. Plenty of activities for children. Pet friendly areas. Plenty of parking. Close to home.

A great little park on the south side of the city. Lots of fun walking along the river and good for all ages.

mountain biking
6 months ago

This is a wma hunting management area with MTB trails most of the trails are in a wooded setting running along the river .It stays wet for a while after a rain but a nice place to ride. beginner to intermediate trails with a couple of advanced short trails.

hiking
6 months ago

Great little taste of nature for when you're in Knoxville and can't leave your responsibilities behind to get yourself to the smokies.

Great place to take your kids and pets, will be coming back again!

hiking
6 months ago

Lovely walk. Also combined with the Neyland Greenway. Lots of water fountains to play in. We visited the Worlds Fair Park. Not well marked.

road biking
6 months ago

on Sequoyah Hills Trail

walking
7 months ago

This is a great trail and a nice morning wake up. The best part is all of the beautiful homes on the river that showcase many architectural styles. The trail is a bit crowded though so go early so you can have a bit more privacy.

road biking
7 months ago

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.

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