Reservation Hotline: 800 256 4024
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Knoxville's Urban Wilderness Hiking Trails

2915 Island Home Avenue | Knoxville, TN 37920
Knoxville, TN 37920
Region: South

Just three miles from downtown, Knoxville's Urban Wilderness presents a unique urban playground for hikers, mountain bikers and trail runners! The first phase of the project, the South Loop Trails, are on the east end of the Urban Wilderness offering 42-miles of natural surface trails that connect five parks, neighborhoods, schools, and natural areas creating an unparalleled outdoor venue! The main 12.5-mile South Loop connects Ijams Nature Center, Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area, Anderson School Trails, William Hastie Natural Area, and Marie Myers Park. The main loop offers easy to moderate trails for all users and the approximately 30 miles of secondary trails accommodate users from beginner to advanced on dozens of trails of varying terrain.

SOUTH LOOP TRAILS

The South Loop Trails create a unique 42-mile trail system on city, county, state, and private land that connects parks, neighborhoods, schools, and natural areas. These trails are perfect for hikers, trail runners, and mountain bikers of all levels of experience. The South Loop is the main 12.5 mile route that will bring you back to your starting point. The trails that comprise this main route are easy to moderate. The majority of the South Loop Trails are single-track and natural surface. There are three street crossings and short segments that travel on paved greenway, road, or sidewalk. There are approximately 30 miles of secondary trails that lead off of the South Loop main trail. The map shows the degree of difficulty for each trail. There are four trailheads within the South Loop – Mead’s Quarry, William Hastie Natural Area, Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area, and Anderson School – and parking is available at all. A kiosk with maps is also at each site. Restrooms are only available at Mead’s Quarry and Ijams Nature Center (a short distance off the main trail). Neither water nor other public amenities are available on the South Loop Trails.

To follow the 12.5-mile South Loop Trail look for the purple signs, tree blazes, or stencils on the road.

Knoxville's Urban Wilderness

South Loop Trail System: 42 miles
Main Loop: 12.5 miles
Type: single track, dirt roads, greenway
Difficulty: easy to moderate
Hours: dawn till dusk
Parking & trailheads

IJAMS NATURE CENTER
Hours: dawn till dusk
Main Entrance:
2915 Island Home Avenue
Directions: Take I-40 to the James White Parkway and cross the river. Take the Sevier Ave/Hillwood Dr exit and turn left onto Sevier Ave which becomes Hillwood Dr. At the end of Hillwood, turn right onto Island Home Ave then take the first left to stay on Island Home Ave. Ijams will be approximately one mile ahead on the left.
Mead's Quarry Entrance:
3518 Island Home Pike
Directions: From Ijams, continue south on Island Home Ave which becomes Island Home Pike. After the railroad tracks, turn right into the parking area for the quarries and trails.

WM HASTIE NATURAL AREA
Entrance: end of Margaret Road
Directions: Take I-40 to the James White Parkway and cross the river. Take the Moody Ave exit (last exit) and turn left onto Sevierville Pike. Go approximately 2 miles and turn right onto Margaret Rd, which dead-ends at the park.

ANDERSON SCHOOL
Entrance: 4808 Prospect Lane
Directions: Take I-40 to the James White Parkway and cross the river. Take the Moody Ave exit (last exit) and turn left onto Sevierville Pike. Go approximately 2 miles and turn left onto Centeroak Dr. Take the first left onto Prospect Rd and the school will be on the right.

FORKS OF THE RIVER WMA
McClure Ln Entrance:
3140 McClure Lane
Directions: Take I-40 to the James White Parkway and cross the river. Take the Sevier Ave/Hillwood Dr exit and turn left. At the end of Hillwood Dr turn right onto Island Home Ave and then take the first left to stay on Island Home Ave. Pass Ijams Nature Center on the left, cross the railroad tracks then take a left onto McClure Ln. Go approximately one-half mile and parking will be on the right.
Burnett Creek Entrance:
5907 Burnett Creek Road
Directions: Take I-40 to the James White Parkway across the river. Take the Sevier Ave/Hillwood Dr exit and turn left. At the end of Hillwood Dr turn right onto Island Home Ave and then take the first left to stay on Island Home Ave. Island Home Ave will become Island Home Pike. Go 2.5 miles and turn left onto Burnett Creek. Go 0.7 miles and turn left into parking area (trail post marks entrance).