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Knoxville's Urban Wilderness

Knoxville, TN

Knoxville, TN
Region: South

The 1,000-acre Knoxville Urban Wilderness is a partnership of Legacy Parks Foundation, Ijams Nature Center, AMBC, TWRA, the City of Knoxville and Knox County.  We are developing the 1,000-acre Urban Wilderness Corridor, that when completed, will connect ten parks, feature thirty miles of recreational trails, three civil war forts, historic settlement sites, and diverse ecological features and recreational amenities. Keep your donations coming and help us continue to grow Knoxville's uniquely urban playground!

[[more]]Only two-miles from downtown, Knoxville's Urban Wilderness presents a unique urban playground for hikers, mountain bikers and trail runners! The first phase of the Urban Wilderness project is the newly opened South Loop Trail System — thirty-five miles of natural surface trails connecting five parks and natural areas along with public and private lands creating an unparalleled outdoor venue! It connects Ijams Nature Center, Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area, William Hastie Natural Area and Marie Myers Park with trailheads and parking along the route. The 11.5 South Loop Main Trail offers easy to moderate trails for all users. An additional 24 miles of secondary trails will accommodate users from beginner to advanced on dozens of trails of varying terrain.

The vision for Knoxville's Urban Wilderness includes the addition of the Battlefield Loop and the Connectors. The Battlefield Loop will provide an historic and recreational experience that would feature three Civil War forts and a city park: the River Bluff; Fort Stanley; Fort Higley; Loghaven; and Fort Dickerson Park. The Connector would be comprised of existing roads and sidewalks to allow for bike and pedestrian connection to both loops. Key elements of the Connector would be Island Home Park, Island Home Boulevard, Henley Street underpass, Blount Avenue and Chapman Highway.