Skirting three sides of the park, the Tennessee River provides paddling and fishing opportunities for Carl Cowan Park visitors. Anglers can catch their limit from the fishing pier or along the banks. Pristine waterfront views abound here! On the land side, there are sport fields, basketball and tennis courts, playgrounds and both paved and natural surface trails. From the north side of the park, the nature trail winds through the forest, fringing the shoreline as it makes it's way over to Admiral Farragut Park — a beautiful trail for viewing songbirds and waterfowl. Kids and dogs will enjoy splashing in the surf along the way. And for those hot summer months, let the kids prance through the fountains at the splash pad.
Winding along the shoreline of the Tennessee River between Carl Cowan Park and Admiral Farragut Park, there is a woodsy little trail that is delightful to hike. In addition to providing picturesque views of the river, there are several access points to the water's edge. Large rock overlooks make a perfect stage for a picnic or to cast a line, while the sandy shoreline invites wading though the surf or letting your dog enjoy a swim. A variety of songbirds and waterfowl can be seen from the trail. The trailhead can be accessed from the parking lots at either park.
Knox County Park
Park Size: 30 acres
Paved Trail: 0.3 mile loop
Natural Trail: 0.4 miles one-way
Connects: Admiral Farragut Park
Hours: dawn till dusk
Entrance: 10058 Northshore Drive
Directions: Take I-40 west to Pellissippi Parkway, exit 376, towards Maryville. Travel 5.5 miles and take the Northshore Dr exit #5 heading west. The park will be 1.3 miles on the left.