Accessing Waterways


Seven Islands’ South Shore

Legacy Parks facilitated the expansion of Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge (now Seven Islands State Birding Park) across the French Broad River by purchasing 30 acres in south Knox County directly across the river from the main body of the park. The Foundation worked with Tennessee State Parks, TVA, and Knox County to improve the overall access to the park and the river.

Bicentennial Park Dock

Legacy Parks increased public access to the Tennessee River in downtown Knoxville by assuming the lease on Bicentennial Park and building a new launch for non-motorized craft on the river.

Beaver Creek Linear Park

Beaver Creek spans nearly the entirety of Knox County, from Corryton to Solway. Working with community and elected leaders, Legacy Parks is helping protect and access the creek by creating trails, boat launches, parks and conserved land along Beaver Creek.

 

Head of the Tennessee Initiative

The Holston, French Broad, and Tennessee Rivers are tremendous natural assets with exceptional recreational potential for Knox and surrounding counties. Legacy Parks is collaborating with TVA, TWRA, Tennessee State Parks, and local communities to help obtain land and easements to establish new launch areas on the tailwaters from Douglas and Cherokee Lakes to create greater opportunities for public access. Read more about Legacy Parks’ recent acquisition which will create access along the Holston River!