Sharp's Ridge Memorial Park

329 Sharp's Ridge Memorial Park Drive
Knoxville, TN 37918

329 Sharp's Ridge Memorial Park Drive
Knoxville, TN 37918
Region: North

111 acres

Natural Trail: 4.7-mile loop and 0.6-mile downhill only
Difficulty: moderate to advanced

Just 10 minutes from downtown, Sharp’s Ridge Memorial Park offers a great view of the city skyline and the distant mountain peaks. About three-quarters of the way to the top of the ridge, there is an overlook platform featuring signage identifying the peaks that are most familiar to us. There are 4.7 miles of multi-use trails that wind across the wooded hills. Birdwatchers might want to join one of the Knoxville Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society's bird walks.

Features: picnic area, shelter, trails, hiking, trail running, mountain bikes, wildlife viewing, birding

TRAILS

Natural Trail: 4.7-mile loop and 0.6-mile downhill only
Difficulty: moderate to advanced

There are 4.7 miles of multi-use trails that wind across the wooded hills. The trails can be accessed from the neighborhood on Hanover/Ridge Road; from the bottom trailhead just across from the picnic area; and from the upper parking area by the cell tower. Starting adjacent to the upper parking lot, the Gravity Jump Trail is 0.6 miles and is a black diamond expert only trail for mountain bikers - no foot traffic or dogs are allowed. Sharp Ridge trails drain extremely well and are a great place to hike or ride when other Knoxville trails are too wet.

BIRDING

One of the best sites around for migrant songbirds in the spring.