William Hastie Natural Area
The 6.3 miles of natural surface trails and old roads weave through heavily forested natural area and feature some short hills, switchbacks, and some technical sections for mountain bikers. William Hastie Natural Area is connected to Marie Myers Park by trail and to Anderson School along a signed section of Centeroak Drive and Redwood Road.
Four new trails are open in Knoxville at the William Hastie Natural Area. The new trails add two more miles to Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness network of hiking and mountain bike trails.
The addition was a collaboration between the city, Appalachian Mountain Bike Club (AMBC), volunteer and professional trail builders, and Harper Auto Square. In less than a year, seven professional builders, more than 150 volunteers, and city crews finished developing the 27-acre tract.
The new 0.4-mile Spingarn Trail is a beginner-level trail and has an all-weather multi-use loop accessible from the parking lots.
The next trail is Mitchie’s Way, a 0.6-mile intermediate-level trail on the north side of the natural area. It was designed to be optimized for hiking.
Two other trails, the Third Circuit and Sugar & Rum trails are rated as “most difficult.” Both trails are 0.4 miles long and were hand-built. Third Circuit is a directional downhill mountain bike trail. Sugar & Rum is perfect for downhill bike traffic according to the city. The future phases of this trial will include steps for uphill hiker and runner traffic.
AMBC worked with C2 Recreation to develop the trail plan. According to their website, C2 has designed trails for over 20 years and worked in the United States, Europe and Asia.
Trailhead Parking: 1302 Margaret Road
Directions: Take I-40 to the James White Parkway across the river. Take the Moody Ave exit (last exit) and turn left onto Sevierville Pike. Go approximately 2 miles and turn right onto Margaret Rd, which dead-ends at the park.
Park Size: 85 acres
Length: 6.3 miles
Type: single track, old roads
Difficulty: easy to moderate
Features: walking, mountain biking, hiking, trail running, leashed dogs, wildflowers