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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.

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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Spooky Hiking Adventures

Ghost House Loop Trail Visit the beautiful Big Ridge State Park to explore some local history during spooky season. The Ghost House Loop Trail is a 1.2-mile easy-to-moderate loop hike which begins near the group campsite and takes you deep into the history of this area's pre-1930s inhabitants…

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Top 5 Long Runs in Knoxville

As you work your way up to running longer distances, finding routes that are engaging and fun can end up being more challenging than the run itself. We have listed our top picks for runs between 5 and 12 miles long, and they are all easily shortened or lengthened to match your personal goals. Get…

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Trail Running in Knoxville

Knoxville’s Track and Field Club (KTC) is among the largest track clubs in America, so it’s no surprise that this is a great road running town. Races such as the Expo 10K and the Knoxville Marathon have invited thousands of people from all over the region to explore Knoxville’s roads, greenways…

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Top Summer Hikes

Here are our top picks for hiking during the summer, with shaded trails and water activities nearby to help you cool off afterwards! Concord Park is teeming with great summer activities to enjoy with the whole family, including a swimming beach, dog park, playground, and kayak or bike rentals. Park…

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Salamander Saturday

East Tennessee could be called the Salamander Capital of the World! Our region is home to more salamander species than anywhere else. Over 70 species of salamander—14% of species on Earth— are native to Tennessee, with most of those living here in the eastern region. According to the National Park…

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