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Legacy Parks Treasure — Partnering with TWRA and AMBC, we are expanding the current trail system and manicuring the existing trails that traverse this beautiful Wildlife Management Area. When the work is completed, the new trail system will boast 10-13 miles of trail. Teamed with Ijams, AMBC, TWRA, and the City and County of Knoxville, the 1,000-acre Knoxville Urban Wilderness, when completed, will connect ten parks, feature forty miles of recreational trails, four civil war sites, incredible views and unparalleled natural features. We invite you to become a Friend of Legacy Parks where your donations help us build trails and expand this unique urban playground!

Just south of Knoxville lies the scenic Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area. You can access the area from a cedar-lined dirt road off McClure Lane or come in by way of Ijams Nature Center on the Will Skelton Greenway. The greenway winds along with the Tennessee River to the east and the WMA fields to the west. Where the greenway terminates, the cross-country trails begin. The beauty of this area lies in it's diverse terrain comprised of hardwood forests, hedgerows and old fields — home to a variety of wildlife and songbird activity. Year-round you might catch glimpses of deer and turkey feeding in the open fields and woods. But be sure and mark your calendar for the annual sunflower display! The first few weeks of July find the fields carpeted with towering, bright yellow sunflowers. It's simply spectacular!

Forks of the River trails are part of Knoxville's Urban Wilderness. The South Loop trail is multi-use for the enjoyment of hikers and cyclists at all skill levels. The trail that runs along the Tennessee River and parallels the main South Loop trail, is considered very challenging. Most cyclists will feel the need to push up many of the hills. Hikers will certainly be challenged by the steep inclines and exhilarated by the views over the river atop high bluffs. Look for trail renovations to be completed by 2014 through a partnership among Legacy Parks Foundation, Appalachian Mountain Bike Club, and TWRA that aims to improve the user experience of this trail system. Kiosks, signs and blazes are being installed to help users navigate the trail system. Knoxville's Urban Wilderness South Loop Trail Map

Hunting: Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area is an active hunting preserve. Bicycles are restricted to only the greenway trail on the following dates: September 24-25; November 5-20 and December 17-18. TWRA's hunting schedule — Obey the rules and stay safe!

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