Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area
Entrance: Ijams Nature Center - 2915 Island Home Ave
Length: 10.6 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 parking area (trail post marks entrance).
A hunting and recreation area within Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness
Forks of the River Wildlife Management 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, over eight miles of natural trails and dirt or gravel roads wind through fields and woods. The Whaley Trail follows the French Broad River before connecting to the Anderson School Trails.
NOTE: Forks of the River Special Use Permit: All trails in the area that are used for bicycling require the High Impact Habitat Conservation Permit with the exceptiion of the Will Skelton Greenway, Whaley Trail, and West Perimeter. These trails are open year round. Information on the permit is available online at https://www.tn.gov/twra/article/special-use-permits-j1
High Impact Habitat Conservation Permit: All trails used for bicycling in the WMA require this special use permit except the Will Skelton Greenway, Whaley Trail, and West Perimeter.
Hunting: TWRA regulations for hunting are as follows:
Sept 4 - Feb 28 - area closed to non-hunters until noon on Saturday and Sunday
April 1 - May 15 - area closed to non-hunters until noon
All animals accompanied by a non-hunting person are required to be leashed. No hooved animal riding or motorized vehicles allowed.
For questions about permits, land management or hunting regulations please visit tn.gov/twra or call TWRA at 1-800-332-0900
Note that the Will Skelton Greenway, Whaley Trail, and West Perimeter are open year-round. All other trails in the WMA are closed to non-hunters during these hunting seasons.