Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness is a spectacular outdoor adventure area where you can hike, bike, climb, paddle, or just wander in the woods – all within the heart of the city. Over 50 miles of trails and greenways connect you to a beautiful nature center, pristine lakes, historic sites, dramatic quarries, adventure playgrounds, five city parks, world-class bike park and a 500-acre wildlife area. There’s an adventure for everyone! Be sure to check out the Outdoor Knoxville Insider Podcast on Soundcloud!
Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness encompasses seven recreational areas connected by trails that offer a variety of outdoor activities. The signed 12.5-mile loop connects Anderson School Trails, Baker Creek Preserve and Baker Creek Play Forest, Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area, Ijams Nature Center and Quarries, Marie Myers Trails, and William Hastie Natural Area. Combined, over 50 miles of multi-use, natural surface trails offer exciting opportunities for any outdoor activity.
Two additional destinations within the Urban Wilderness, connected to the system by road and sidewalk, offer unique recreational access to Civil War sites at Fort Dickerson Park and Quarry and Fort Higley at Highground Park.
Plan ahead, be prepared for your adventure and get out and play!