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.
KNOXVILLE HIKING TRAILS
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 a frosty ridge top on a winter hike, a wide variety of natural trails provide locations for leisurely strolls or strenuous mountain climbs.
REGIONAL HIKING TRAILS
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.
Big Ridge State Park in the Cumberland Mountains, lies on the southern shore of Norris Lake just 25 miles north of Knoxville. Hikers can ramble along 15 miles of forested trails that range from short and easy to moderate and strenuous. Trails wind along dry ridges, lush hollows, old roadbeds, and lake shores. Some will take you past remnants of…
Spread out along the Cumberland Plateau, the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area protects the free-flowing Big South Fork River and its tributaries. The park features miles of scenic gorges and sandstone bluffs and is rich with natural and historic features. This less-crowded alternative to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park…
Black Oak Ridge Conservation Easement (BORCE) is located behind K-25, on the far west side of Oak Ridge. There are about 2.6 miles of single track trails and 11 miles of dirt/gravel roads. It is nearly mud-free year-round. Trails: Trails have good drainage making this a great place to hike, ride or ride after inclement weather. Around 60% of the…
Black Oak Ridge Conservation Easement (BORCE) is located behind K-25, on the far west side of Oak Ridge. There are about 2.6 miles of single track trails and 11 miles of dirt/gravel roads. It is nearly mud-free year-round. Bird Watching: Woodland birds are common to abundant across Oak Ridge. Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Chuck-will's-widow, Eastern…
One of the most underused forests in East Tennessee are the 25,000 acres that comprise the Chuck Swan Wildlife Management Area. This scenic peninsula between the Powell and Clinch River on the eastern shores of Norris Lake, features miles of gravel roads to explore. Equestrians and a few mountain bikers are the more popular trail users. There are…
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