Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area
Entrance: 3140 McClure Lane
Length: 6.5 miles
Type: single track, old roads
Difficulty: easy to moderate
Features: Walk, run or bike the Will Skelton Greenway which terminates at Forks of the River
Trailhead Parking: 3140 McClure Lane
Directions: Take I-40 to the James White Parkway and cross the river. Take the Sevier Ave/Hillwood Dr exit and turn left. At the end of Hillwood Dr turn right onto Island Home Ave. Take the 1st left to stay on Island Home Ave. Pass Ijams Nature Center on the left, cross the railroad tracks then take a left onto McClure Lane. Go approximately 0.5 miles and parking will be on the right.
Trailhead Parking: 5907 Burnett Creek Road
Directions: Take I-40 to the James White Parkway across the river. Take the Sevier Ave/Hillwood Dr exit and turn left. At the end of Hillwood Dr turn right onto Island Home Ave. Take the 1st left to stay on Island Home Ave which will become Island Home Pike. Go 2.5 miles and turn left onto Burnett Creek. Go 0.7 miles and turn left into the parking area (trail post marks entrance).
A hunting and recreation area within Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness
Forks of the River Wildlife Management & Hunting Area is an active hunting ground that allows trail access for recreational activities. From Ijams Nature Center, the paved Will Skelton Greenway connects to Forks of the River and skirts the edge of the Tennessee River. From there, 6.5 miles of natural trails and dirt or gravel roads wind through fields and woods. The Whaley Trail follows the French Broad River before crossing Burnett Creek Road and connecting to the Anderson School Trails.
The Perimeter Trail – defined as the Will Skelton Greenway, Whaley Trail and West perimeter trail - is open year round. All other trials, Utility Road, Wild Brier and Wyatt Way are open to users from June 1- August 31 only.
A High Impact Habitat Conservation Permit is required for all bicycling on the Forks of the River trails except for the perimeter trails. Information on the permit is available online at https://www.tn.gov/twra/article/special-use-permits-j1
For questions about high impact conservation permit, land management or hunting regulations please visit tn.gov/twra or call TWRA at 1-800-332-0900