From the bluffs overlooking the Tennessee River to the highest point in the county atop House Mountain, Knoxville's hiking trails offer scenic adventures for the entire family. Hiking is a year-round activity in Knoxville. Whether under a cool shelter of trees in the summertime, on a golden hillside in the fall, or atop a frosty ridge on a winter hike, a wide variety of natural trails provide locations for leisurely strolls or strenuous mountain climbs.
East Tennessee has thousands of miles of trails that meander along mountain streams or twist up to panoramic views. With several state parks and natural areas, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park within an hour’s drive, a variety of additional opportunities for day-hikers or more extended adventures are found just outside of Knoxville.