Explore the most popular 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.

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walking
15 days 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.

21 days 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.

hiking
2 months ago

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

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

walking
2 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
2 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
2 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.

walking
3 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
3 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.

walking
3 months ago

Only walked up to quarry and part way around it as it was greeting dark and I still had to walk back to my hotel (not from the area). The area around the quarry was pretty overall. The walk to the quarry from downtown was nice except the last .3 mile or so as there isn’t a sidewalk.

3 months ago

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The steep mountainside makes it feel like you’re high up in the trees. It’s very popular with bikers so if you hike it, listen and watch for them.

It really needs to be marked better, though. We ended up on the bike-only trail by accident and it could have been dangerous. No blazes made it guesswork the whole way.

It's a good trail for a nearby escape. However, I feel a little uncomfortable when by myself having known the area and its reputation. I always have my dog with me and she loves her mom so that helps.

Not really an interesting hike now but will have potential once completed. Nice scenic area around the quarry though.

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.

Great quick little hike with some really good views and lots of shade. Would definitely recommend to others.

mountain biking
4 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
4 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.

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