OUTDOOR KNOXVILLE is an initiative to make Knoxville’s incredible natural and recreation assets an economic driver for our region. Led by Legacy Parks Foundation, the effort aims to increase our outdoor amenities, create better access to recreational areas, and promote greater participation in outdoor activities.
Health and quality of life are now key determining factors in where people and businesses choose to locate. Our outdoor recreation opportunities can compete with any in the region, and are attracting participants from all 50 states and other countries.
Comprehensive information about our outdoors and activities
Outdoorknoxville.com is a robust, comprehensive website for all recreational activities, venues, organizations, events, and resources in East Tennessee. Updated daily, the site includes a calendar of activities, contact information, photos, and personal experiences.
A place to gather and get out and play
The Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center, adjacent to downtown and the Tennessee River, provides a central location for outdoor activities, events, product demonstrations and rentals, and meeting space, and is also the home of Legacy Parks Foundation.
Knoxville has exceptional natural amenities – rivers and lakes, miles of trails and greenways, abundant parks and open space – and is also the hub of a region rich in outdoor recreational opportunities.
Location – At the foot of the Smoky Mountains and the crossroads of I-75 and I-40, Knoxville is easily accessible and has myriad outdoor opportunities within a two-hour drive.
Trails – In the Knoxville metropolitan area, nearly 150 miles of paved and natural trails are available for recreation and transportation.
Parks and Open Space – Over 5,000 acres of forest, farm, and parkland is preserved in the area. This includes city, county, and state land, plus private easements allowing public use.
Lakes and Rivers – With the French Broad and Holston rivers coming together to form the Tennessee River that runs through Knox County, water activities are nearby any location in the area. Several lakes formed by TVA offer additional opportunities for paddling, boating, fishing, and other water sports.
Outdoor Resources – Outdoor Knoxville activities and our abundant assets have fostered the creation of several equipment and adventure companies. The area boasts 14 bike shops, 12 outfitters and event directors, and 20 other outdoor retailers offering all the necessary gear and encouragement for enjoying outdoor activities.
Clubs and Organizations – Outdoor Knoxville collaborates with many clubs and organizations to facilitate outdoor experiences and enhance amenities. Over 30 outdoor clubs and a large number of Meetup Groups make sure activities are available for every skill and interest. From paddling to pedaling and everything in between, there is something for everyone.
Legacy Parks has partnered with the Knoxville Mercury to create a comprehensive guide to all locations for outdoor activity in the East Tennessee region. Our Get Out and Play! Guide is a complete directory of all parks, trails, and greenways in Knox County, and includes major regional parks and trails. The guide is available in health care facilities, at outreach events, schools, and the Legacy Parks’ office at the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center. A digital version is available online.
Over the last several years Knoxville has become a destination for outdoor adventure enthusiasts and the number of events has increased significantly. With a national marathon, adventure race, mountain bike race, and paddleboard race, we certainly live up to the hype. The outdoorknoxville.com calendar lists up to 50 events each week.
Through donations of land and money to Legacy Parks, we are helping create trails and greenways, preserve our open spaces and parks, and to provide river access throughout our region. You can help by becoming a Friend of Legacy Parks today.
Legacy Parks Foundation maintains their offices in the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center. The Center provides maps, flyers and other outdoor resources to help everyone get out and play. Centrally located with easy access to the greenway and the Tennessee River, the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center makes outdoor recreation more accessible to everyone. Paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, hydro-bikes, and greenway bikes can be rented at the Billy Lush Board Shop located on the main floor. For events around Knoxville, visit Outdoor Knoxville on Facebook. For more info on classes, rentals and group events at the Center: Events and Rentals
Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center
900 Volunteer Landing Lane
Knoxville, TN 37915