Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness

  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding

  • Superior Mountain Biking

  • Canoe Mead's Quarry Lake

  • Rent Equipment from River Sports Outfitters

  • Explore the Keyhole

  • Enjoy Nature in all Weather

  • Connecting Trails to William Hastie Natural Area and Forks of the River


Close to downtown, Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness presents a unique urban experience for hikers, mountain bikers and trail runners!

Designed and championed by the Legacy Parks Foundation, phase 1 of the Urban Wilderness project is the South Loop, 35 miles of natural surface trails connecting five parks and natural areas along with public and private lands creating an unparalleled outdoor venue!

The South Loop connects Ijams, Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area, William Hastie Natural Area and Marie Myers Park with trailheads and parking along the route.

The main trail along the 11.5 mile loop features easy to moderate trails for all users. An additional 24 miles of secondary trails accommodates users from beginner to advanced on dozens of trails of varying terrain.

Whether on foot or on a bike, plan on experiencing the splendors of the trail today!

Click here for a map of Mead’s Quarry and Ross Marble section of the Urban Wilderness Trail

Click here for a map of other trail connections including William Hastie Natural Area and Marie Meyers Park on the Urban Wilderness Trail

Other maps can be found at Learn more about our partner Legacy Parks Foundation.

Photographs of paddle board and canoes courtesy of Saul Young/Knoxville News Sentinel.