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Legacy Parks Foundation
Legacy Parks

Legacy Parks Foundation is an East Tennessee nonprofit organization working to ensure that our community enjoys exceptional recreational opportunities, natural beauty and open spaces, and that these assets exist for generations to come. We work collaboratively to preserve our area’s extraordinary natural resources and to expand parks, create trails, and increase access to our rivers. Since 2007, Legacy Parks has raised over six million dollars for parks and open space, helped conserve 1,000 acres of forest and farmland, and added over 600 acres of parkland in Knox County.

Hiking for Small Kids

Hiking can be fun for the whole family! Here are four great hikes to get your child out on the trails. We picked easy hikes with fun trail elements to keep your little ones engaged. Ijams Nature Center Ijams has several great trails without too much elevation gain and educational signage to teach…

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Places to Hammock in Knoxville

Hammocking is a great way to enjoy the breeze and relax outside! We chose the best local parks for finding the perfect hammock spot, but there are a few things to know before you go. When setting up your hammock: do not trample sensitive vegetation, choose a healthy tree with no dead branches, and…

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100 miles of Knoxville Trails and Greenwaysboth

Where else to Celebrate National Trails Day, but on one of Knoxville’s more than 100 miles of trails and greenways! With Knoxville’s rugged ridges, wandering waterways and rolling farmland, there are a variety of trails to suit adventurers of all levels. Top 3 Destinations for Flat and Casual Hikes…

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Best Outdoor Adventures to Do with Your Teenager

If you are trying to get your teenager outside for once, here are some local recommendations that will give teens exactly what they want in an outdoor adventure. We chose fun, local activities that provide instant gratification, great photo opportunities and sleeping late! Nighttime can be the right…

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Guide to Mountain Biking in Knoxville for Beginners

Knoxville offers year-round access to some of the best mountain biking in the Southeast. A few days in Knoxville can feature long flowy jump lines, rocky technical descents, or beautiful backcountry XC riding. Mountain biking is a staple of Knoxville’s outdoor recreation scene, and there are great…

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Guide to Knoxville Bike Rentals

Knoxville offers over 160 miles of greenways and trails and has become a mountain biking destination over the past decade. The varied terrain and lush open spaces offer a wide variety of biking opportunities for families and recreational cyclists seeking relatively flat paved greenways, for road…

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Guide to Birding in Knoxville

Knoxville is a birding town! You may not know it, but there are over 12 different 'birding hotspots' identified by the TN Ornithological Society, all in and around Knoxville! The diverse ecosystems of our region offer ample opportunities to spot new bird species. Our home is a stopping point along…

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5 Best Winter Hikes

5 Best Winter Hikes When the days get shorter and the weather gets cooler, most people hunker down inside and avoid the cold. But taking a winter hike…

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