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 Veterans Memorial Park offers a great view of the city skyline and the distant mountain peaks. About half way to the top of the ridge, there is an overlook platform providing views of the Downtown Knoxville skyline and the Great Smoky Mountains.
Features: sheltered picnic areas, observation deck, trails, hiking, trail running, mountain bikes, wildlife viewing, birding.
There are 4.7 miles of multi-use trails that wind across the wooded hills and range from moderate to difficult in skill range for hiking and biking. The trails can be accessed from several trailheads throughout the park which will be easily identified by the beautiful wooden kiosks and pergolas. There are also trailheads with parking located within the Oakwood-Lincoln Park neighborhood on Hanover/Ridge Road and on Dill Avenue. There is a trailhead at the top of the ridge at end of the Park Road in the cul-de-sac near the cell tower. Foot traffic and dogs are not allowed on this trail as it is the 0.6 mile Gravity Jump Trail and is a black diamond expert only trail for mountain bikers. Sharps Ridge trails drain extremely well and are a great place to hike or ride when other Knoxville trails are too wet.
Birdwatchers might want to join one of the Knoxville Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society's bird walks as Sharps Ridge is known as one of the best sites around for migrant songbirds in the spring.