Hiking in the Urban Wilderness

Over 50 miles of natural surface trails within Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness provide unparalleled hiking experience for adventurers of all skill levels. A variety of terrain and destinations creates great views, great adventures and the chance to return again and again for a new experience. There are eleven trailhead destinations within the Urban Wilderness, each with their own unique characteristics and offerings.

The majority of these trails are multi-use natural surface, either packed dirt or crushed rock, but some short connections are on paved greenway or streets.  Several miles of hiking, foot traffic only trails can be found at Ijams Nature Center and Mead’s Quarry.