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A Legacy Park Treasure
William Hastie Natural Area and Marie Myers Park are part of the Knoxville Urban Wilderness, a recreational, cultural, and historic preservation initiative championed by Legacy Parks Foundation, incorporates 1,000-forested acres along downtown's south waterfront. It creates an exceptional recreation and historic corridor for experiencing the special character-defining assets of our city. There are currently over 50 miles of trail connecting multiple parks and cultural sites within the Urban Wilderness. The vision is to expand Knoxville's Urban Wilderness to fully connect the recreational, cultural, and historic assets from Alcoa Highway on the west, to the Head of the Tennessee River at Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area on the east, and to I.C. King Park on the south. Legacy Parks invites people to support this vision by becoming a Friend of Legacy Parks at legacyparks.org/friend.

Just a few miles from downtown, the trails at William Hasties Natural Area provide hikers, trail runners and mountain bikers with 6.4 miles of singletrack trail combined with a few old roads. These beautiful trails weave through heavily forested property, and range from easy to moderate with a few technical sections, short hills and switchbacks to navigate. These trails are part of Knoxville's Urban Wilderness South Loop which provides the 2-mile connector trail that winds through Marie Myers Park to the trails at Ross Marble Quarry at Ijams Nature Center.

Marie Myers Park is a passive wooded all-natural park that is preserved by the city as a public nature sanctuary. It is an integral connector for the Urban Wilderness, with a 1.8-mile flowing trail, which links the William Hastie Natural Area to the Ijams Quarries trails. Marie Myers also connects to Red Bud Crest trail, which leads to Baker Creek Preserve via a pedestrian and bicycle bridge over E. Red Bud Road.

Urban Wilderness South Loop Printable Map

URBAN WILDERNESS MOBILE MAP APP
The mobile app for the Urban Wilderness 50-mile trail system allows you to pinpoint your exact location on the trails; measure distances by “drawing” a line on the map; record tracks and report how far you have traveled; and give you an approximate estimate on the elevation you have gained or lost. Click here for instructions on adding The Urban Wilderness trail map onto your mobile device. Once the free app is downloaded, these simple step-by-step instructions will guide you through setup. After the map is downloaded to your mobile device, read the “Getting Started” section to learn about the various features available. This is a great resource for all who set out to explore Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness! Mobile Map App includes the trails at Baker Creek Preserve!

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