Legacy Park's Treasure — The William Hastie Natural Area is part of the 1,000-acre Knoxville Urban Wilderness championed by Legacy Parks Foundation. We invite you to become a Friend of Legacy Parks where your donations help us build trails and expand this unique urban playground! Teamed up with Ijams, AMBC, TWRA along with the City and County of Knoxville, we are developing the 1,000-acre Urban Wilderness, that when completed, will connect ten parks, feature thirty miles of recreational trails, three civil war forts, historic settlement sites, and diverse ecological features and recreational amenities. Keep your donations coming and help us continue to grow Knoxville's uniquely urban playground!
Just a few miles from downtown, the trails at William Hasties Natural Area provide hikers, trail runners and mountain bikers 4 miles of singletrack trails. Winding through heavily forested property, the trails are well-maintained and blazed. The almost 2-mile natural trail that winds through Marie Myers Park connects William Hastie Natural Area to the Ross Marble Quarry trails at Ijams Nature Center.
The Knoxville Urban Wilderness South Loop features 35 miles of multi-use trails. The 11.5-mile main South Loop winds through parks and private property easements connecting William Hastie Natural Area, Forks of the River, Anderson School, Helix Trails, Ijams Nature Center, and Marie Myers Park. Within these individual systems there are 24 miles of secondary trails to explore and enjoy. Knoxville's Urban Wilderness South Loop Map