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The 5.3 mile Third Creek Greenway is a portion of an 18 mile connected greenway system. Beginning in Bearden on Forest Park Blvd, it winds southeast along the shoreline of Third Creek before connecting to Neyland Greenway. The mid-portion of the Third Creek Greenway bisects Tyson Park where there are tennis courts, the Knoxville Skatepark, a large accessible playground and picnic facilities and a restroom. Signage along the greenway will direct you to the Sequoyah Greenway connection. Bearden Village Greenway is a westward extension of Third Creek Greenway that connects West High School, Bearden Adaptive Center, and Bearden Elementary School to each other along Sutherland Ave and is punctuated by many historic markers that tell stories about Bearden Village's history.

Civil War enthusiasts can look for an earthen fort redan discovered recently by local archeologist, Charles Faulkner. During the Civil War in the fall of 1863, Union soldiers built a small fort (technical term is redan) near the railroad line that now runs through Third Creek Greenway off the Sutherland Ave entrance. The fort was to protect the rail line as it went into downtown before turning south towards Chattanooga. During the war, The U-shaped fort would have had soldiers posted with a cannon ready to fire. Today, the fort is more of a steep hill overrun by 150 years of vegetation but it remains one of the few tangible remnants of the Civil War in Knoxville.


Third Creek Greenway map

City of Knoxville Greenway map
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