Hiking, Bicycling & Mountain Biking

Parks and Recreation Director

Sheryl Ely
[email protected]
(865) 215-4311

Lakeshore Park
5930 Lyons View Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919

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Biking in KnoxvilleBetween the Tennessee River, various creeks, and the Great Smoky Mountains, Knoxville is a hub for beautiful views--and bicycling is a great way to take them in.

With over 112 miles of paved greenways and trails there are plenty of accessible routes for bicyclists and hikers.


Bikes on KAT buses Knoxville greenways  connect throughout the City, and many City streets also have designated bike lanes. For a map of the City greenways, please access KGIS maps at https://www.kgis.org/kgismaps/map.htm 

The Knoxville Regional Bicycle Program offers many free resources for bike commuting and bicycling in general, including a map, commute guide, classes, and advice on the best route to your workplace or school.

Additionally, the Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) buses allow bicycles to ride free. Click here for steps on how to load your bike on a KAT Bus. KAT also offers a KAT to Greenways program. To find out the fares and schedules for the KAT to greenways program, please visit the City greenways web page and click on the desired greenway. The KAT route number will be listed on the page of the selected greenway.


mountain bikingHiking and mountain biking are a natural fit for Knoxville's hilly terrain, and hikers and riders have numerous options in the City.

The Urban Wilderness park and trail system in South Knoxville 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 over 1,000 acres of parks and preserved land through a trail system that contains over 50 miles of trail and connects to multiple parks, including: Baker's Creek, William Hastie Natural Area, Ijams Nature Center, and the new Urban Wilderness Gateway Park. 

Sharp's Ridge Park in North Knoxville offers spectacular views of the City as well as mountain biking and hiking trails.  The park features over 5 miles of natural surface trails, including a 0.6 mile downhill trail for mountain bikes only.

Knoxville also has numerous City Parks with many amenities to explore and use.