A Legacy Parks 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, incorporating 1,000-forested acres along downtown’s south waterfront. It creates an exceptional recreation and historic corridor inviting residents and visitors to experience the special character-defining assets of our city. Featuring 50 miles of multi-use trails, 10 parks, four civil war sites, incredible views, and unparalleled natural features, this unique area provides a premiere outdoor experience.
Just a few miles from downtown, the trails at William Hasties Natural Area provide hikers, trail runners and mountain bikers 4.7 miles of 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. The park is ideal for short nature hikes and bird watching. The park is named in memory of Marie Myers whose son and daughter-in-law sold the property to the city. Myers was a Knoxville resident who loved the outdoors. Note there is no parking area for Marie Myers Park. Users can connect with the Park via Ijams Nature Center or William Hastie Natural Area.
To follow the 12.5-mile South Loop Trail look for the purple signs, tree blazes, or stencils on the road.
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 new trails at Baker Creek Preserve!