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Knox Blount Greenway

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The City of Knoxville section of the Knox/Blount Greenway is the first phase of a plan to provide a pedestrian connection from Knoxville south through Knox and Blount counties to the Great Smoky Mountains. The completed phase spans from Marine Park, along the shore of the Tennessee River, passes the UT Practice Golf Course and Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus and connects to the Neyland Greenway via the J.E. "Buck" Karnes Bridge. The next phase will be to continue the greenway south from Marine Park to join the Alcoa-Maryville greenway system. The final phase of the greenway will eventually continue through Townsend to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The 2.2 mile route starts at the south end of the Buck Karnes Bridge where the Knox Blount Greenway meets the pedestrian bridge connector with the Neyland Greenway and proceeds southward along the river to the Marine Park. The Marine Park is a convenient parking area for those planning an "out and back" walk, and is easily reached via either the north or southbound lanes of Alcoa Highway. This walk is well-used by local birders, and observant hikers may well expect to see a bald eagle or osprey cruising above the river. Looney Island, located mid-river near the south end of the greenway, is an established nesting site for great blue herons. A variety of routes is possible by taking advantage of the spur trails that lead to higher ground and to paved sidewalks in the campus area.






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