Get on Local Trails is a benefit for the Legacy Parks Foundation, an East Tennessee non-profit organization working to ensure that our community enjoys exceptional recreational opportunities, natural beauty and open spaces, and that these assets exist for generations to come. We work collaboratively to preserve our area’s extraordinary natural resources and to expand parks, trails, and greenways. Since 2007, Legacy Parks has raised over three million dollars for parks and has helped save over 1,000 acres of land.
Legacy Parks Foundation and Missy Kane of Covenant Health will be hitting the local trails in June and July. The 2015 Get on Local Trails will introduce hikers to the trails in Knoxville's Urban Wilderness and around the Knoxville area. Hikers will meet at 8:45 am and will start hiking at 9 am. Hikers need to bring water, a light snack and bug repellant. Hiking poles are optional. The Thompson Cancer Survival Center will provide free sun screen and info on cancer prevention. Some hikes are more strenuous then others — hikers should be in condition to hike 3-4 miles of trail.
Meet at 8:45 am to get signed in, we'll start to hike around 9 a.m. Note that most hikes are on Wednesday mornings but there are two Saturday hikes!
June 3: Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center — Walk the Neyland Greenway to the UT Trial Gardens and back. Optional paddle after hike! Billy Lush will be offering discount rate — please contact them to reserve a board at 865-332-5874.
June 10: Forks of the River — Hike from Burnett Creek to Bluff trail then loop back for a 3-4 mile hike.
June 13 (Saturday): Meads Quarry — Hike the upper loop on Tharp Trace down to the Keyhole and back.
June 17: Concord Park — Walk the trail loop then option to paddle board or kayak at The Cove (Missy will get discount rate for group).
June 24: Ijams Nature Center — Butterfly flower hike with special guest Lyn Bales, Ijams naturalist.
July 1: Seven Islands State Birding Park — Hike a 3-5 mile loop with a guide to tell us about all the various wildlife that resides there. After the hike we can eat an early lunch at Tuckahoe Market just 2 miles east of the park.
July 8: Sharp Ridge Memorial Park — Great views looking down on Knoxville on a 2-3 mile walk. We will meet Shoney’s back parking area and then carpool and park at the far west end of Sharp’s Ridge.
July 11: (Saturday) Hastie Natural Area — Hike from Anderson School trailhead to Hastie then loop back for a 3-5 mile hike. If you prefer a shorter hiking distance, a group will start at Hastie.
Cost: $50 for the series of 8 hikes which includes a year membership with Friends of Legacy Parks, a performance t-shirt, sunscreen and Knoxville Urban Wilderness pocket-sized trail map. Single hikes are $10 per hike. Children under 18 are free. For more information call 865-541-4500.
Make checks payable to:
Legacy Parks Foundation
900 Volunteer Landing Lane
Knoxville, TN 37915