Third Creek Greenway begins in Bearden on Forest Park Blvd where it winds southeast along the shoreline of Third Creek before connecting to the 3-mile Neyland Greenway. The mid-portion of the Third Creek Greenway bisects Tyson Park where there are plenty of recreational activities to enjoy, plus picnic shelters and a restroom. Look for signage along Third Creek Greenway that will take you to the Sequoyah Greenway connection. Where the greenway begins behind the shopping center, the fork that heads north connects with the Bearden Village Greenwaywhich will travel west, paralleling Sutherland Ave.
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.
City of Knoxville Greenway map
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