Baker Creek Preserve

Parks and Recreation Director

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

Lakeshore Park
5930 Lyons View Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919

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• 100 acres
• play areas at Baker Creek Play Froest
• 3 pump tracks (kids, beginner, advanced)
• open space
• 7.1 miles of unpaved trails
Click here to check current trail conditions
• Parking: 30+
Knoxville's Urban Wilderness
City Council District:  1
Baker Creek Preserve 

3700 Lancaster Drive
Knoxville, TN 37920

South Knoxville

Directions: From down, take the James White Parkway south to the Sevierville Pike exit. From the exit ramp, turn left onto Sevierville Pike; turn right onto Lancaster Dr. and the parking area will be on the left adjacent to the church building. Parking and entrance to trails is located on the left.

Current trail conditions for several trail areas are available through the City of Knoxville's partnership with the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club (AMBC).  Click here to view current trail conditions.

The 100-acre Baker Creek Preserve property was donated to Legacy Parks Foundation by the Wood family in 2013 then deeded to the City of Knoxville in 2016. This area is quickly transforming into a destination for outdoor adventures for local and visitors. The property is a major addition to Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness. This property has a beautiful little creek, giant sycamore trees and other native plants, wildlife, and incredible views – it truly is a preserve in that we hope to enhance and create access to all of the natural assets.” All of the trails, excluding Devil’s Racetrack, were funded by a Recreation Trails Grant from the State of Tennessee to Legacy Parks. Appalachian Mountain Bike Club marketed the downtown downhill grant offered by Bell Helmets and won the $100,000 grant through online voting.  In August 2020, the Baker Creek Bike Park opening and features new pump tracks for kids, beginners, and advanced riders.  Baker Creek Play Forest (located across the street toward South Doyle Middle School) feature four play structures.  The area is under construction as part of the Urban Wilderness Gateway Park project.

NOTE:  Baker Creek Bike Park will be closed from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Mondays for routine maintenance.  This will shift to Tuesdays 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. if the City is closed on Monday or unable to complete the work on Monday due to inclement weather.

Baker Creek Preserve connects to Marie Myers Park by Redbud Road Bridge, and to the Urban Wilderness Gateway Park via the Baker Creek Greenway that crosses Taylor Road.


Trail names at Baker Creek Preserve reflect the terrain and history of the property. Devil’s Racetrack and Floyd Fox pay homage to the days of moonshine in south Knoxville. The Barn Burner Downhill trail terminates at the location of the old barn on the property. Sycamore Loop winds through some of the largest native trees in the area. Cruze Valley Run descends into the valley located in the heart of the property at a wide-open meadow between the two ridges, and Pappy’s Way, the trail up to Pappy’s Point, is in thanks to the property donor.
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To reserve Baker Creek Preserve for an outdoor recreation event, please contact Parker Medley at Visit Knoxville Sports Commission at 865-342-9137 or [email protected].


Explore the trails on Google Trekker Street View (images from fall 2017):
Baker Creek Preserve, Asphalt Pump Track
Baker Creek Preserve, Barn Burner Downhill Trail
Baker Creek Preserve, Best Medicine Trail
Baker Creek Preserve, Cruze Valley Downhill Trail 
Baker Creek Preserve, Devil's Racetrack Boulder Garden
Baker Creek Preserve, Devil's Racetrack Trail
Baker Creek Preserve, Dirt Pump Track
Baker Creek Preserve, Floyd Fox Trail
Baker Creek Preserve, Pappy's Way Trail
Baker Creek Preserve, Play area
Baker Creek Preserve, Red Bud Bridge
Baker Creek Preserve, Sycamore Loop Trail
Baker Creek Preserve, Trans Farm Trail


1.) For the protection of our park and the safety of its users, the following are prohibited:
  • No alcoholic beverages
  • No open fires
  • No hitting golf balls anywhere in the park
  • No motorized vehicles in park
  • No equestrian activity
2.) Per city ordinance, all animals must be maintained on a leash.
3.) Please be respectful of other trail users
4.) Please help to keep our parks beautiful by disposing trash in proper receptacles.
5.) Hours - Open dawn to dusk unless otherwise posted.