Urban Wilderness South Loop Trail System

Parks and Recreation Director

Sheryl Ely
(865) 215-4311

Lakeshore Park
5930 Lyons View Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919

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Explore the trails on Google Trekker Street View
Trail Length:
50 miles
Used for: varied activities depending on terrain of section of system
Hours: dawn till dusk
Lights: none
Difficulty: varies from easy to difficult depending on trail
Surface: varies between natural path, paved asphalt, crushed gravel, and mulch
Facilities:Restrooms at Ijams Nature Center
Watershed: Tennessee River, Baker Creek
Currently Connects to: TWRA Forks of the River WMA, Ijams Nature Center, Will Skelton Greenway, Island Home ParkMarie Myers Park, William Hastie Park, William Hastie TrailsMary James Park, Baker Creek Preserve

Urban Wilderness Maps:
Anderson School Trails [PDF]
Baker Creek Preserve [PDF]
Forks of the River WMA [PDF]
Ijams Nature Center, Ross & Mead's Quarry Trails [PDF]
Marie Myers Park & William Hastie Natural Area [PDF]
South Loop Trails & Baker Creek Preserve [PDF]
KATRoute 40
Island Home Blvd at Will Skelton Greenway

City Council District: 1
Urban Wilderness South Loop Trail System

Entrances at:
2915 Island Home Ave
3518 Island Home Pike
1302 Margaret Rd.
3140 McClure Lane
5907 Burnett Creek Road
Knoxville, TN 37920

South Knoxville

Urban Wilderness South Loop Trail System
Victor Ashe entrance to South Loop of the
Urban Wilderness Trail

The Urban Wilderness South Loop Trail is a partnership effort spearheaded by the Legacy Parks Foundation working with the City of Knoxville, Knox County, Ijams Nature Center, TWRA and the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club to connect 1,000 acres of parks and preserved land through an intricate trail system.

Thanks to thousands of hours of volunteer labor from the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club and donations to purchase land from Ambassador Victor Ashe, the Knox Greenways Coalition, and the Knoxville Track Club, the South Loop portion of the Urban Wilderness Trail was opened in 2012. Currently, the Urban Wilderness South Loop Trail connects 33 miles of varied surface trails.

Signs at Urban Wilderness South Loop Trail SystemSignage
There is a comprehensive sign system throughout the Urban Wilderness Trail. There are trailhead signs with maps, levels of difficulty in addition to mile markers along the way.

From Legacy Parks on the Urban Wilderness Corridor:
The 1,000-acre Urban Wilderness Corridor paralleling the Knoxville waterfront links the existing parks, trails and cultural assets into an unparalleled historical, recreation, cultural, and environmental experience. The Corridor allows us to protect the scenic vistas that define Knoxville. It ignites heritage tourism, promotes a healthy community and creates an economic boost for neighborhoods and businesses.

Click here to learn more about the Urban Wilderness

Explore the Urban Wildnerness on Google Trekker Street View (images from Fall 2014):

Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area
Hastie Natural Area
Hastie Natural Area, Hard Labor Trail
Hastie Natural Area, Margaret Road
Hastie Natural Area, Marj McClean Trail
Hastie Natural Area, Redwood Trail
Hastie Natural Area, Rock Ledge Trail
Hastie Natural Area, Sink Hole Trail
Hastie Natural Area, View Park Trail
Hastie Natural Area, Yellow Jacket Trail
Helix Trails: AC/DC
Helix Trails: Chain Ring
Helix Trails: Creek Loop
Helix Trails: Lost Chromosome
Helix Trails: MCR
High Ground Park
Marie Myers Park, Victor Ashe Trail
River Bluff Wildlife Area
Ross Marble Quarry
Ross Marble Quarry, Burnett Ridge Trail
Ross Marble Quarry, Hayworth Hollow Trail
Ross Marble Quarry, Ross Marble Trail
Ross Marble Quarry, Turnbuckle Trail

Click here to view other virtual treks of greenways, trails, and attractions around Knoxville.

Knoxville's Urban Wilderness Map Legend