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2nd Edition Urban Hikes Guidebook

The 2nd edition of Urban Hikes in Knoxville and Knox County, Tennessee, a guidebook by Ron Shrieves, Mac Post, and Christine Hamilton, is now available to purchase at REI, Three Rivers Market, Mast General Store, Union Avenue Books, Visit Knoxville, Ijams Nature Center, and through the Legacy Parks online shop.

The book summarizes over 30 local urban hikes with descriptions of the venue, featured amenities, color photographs, maps, topography and features including architecture, historical sights, and potential for bird and flower sightings.

The book retails for $25 and all proceeds benefit Legacy Parks Foundation.



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French Broad River Map

TVA released a new water trail guide of the French Broad River, a back-pocket info guide about one of the Tennessee Valley’s best places to paddle.

These maps include information about access points, surrounding public land, wildlife management areas, state and county parks, and other locations for fun!

You can find this great information online, or pick up your own copy at the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center or one of the sponsoring businesses’ locations.


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Legacy Parks Night at Balter Beerworks

Join us Thursday, June 28 for our Legacy Parks Night at Balter Beerworks from 6:00-9:00pm! This month’s featured outdoor partner is Navitat Canopy Adventures. This is your chance to test out your rope skills and be entered to win a free pass to Navitat!

Stick around for our Outdoor Knoxville Insider podcast recording from 8:00-9:00pm with host John Becker!

This monthly event is extra sweet – Balter Beerworks donates 10% of proceeds from the night to Legacy Parks to support our East Tennessee parks, trails, and waterways. Come by and eat and drink up – it’s for a good cause!

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Legacy Parks Open House

Join us for an evening of fun on the water at the Legacy Parks Open House at the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center June 7 from 5:30-7:30pm. It’s our way of thanking our Friends for their support, an opportunity to learn more about Legacy Parks, and of course – get out and play on the water!

You’ll be able to demo a canoe, kayak or paddleboard on the Tennessee River courtesy of the folks from Billy Lush Boards. If paddling isn’t your thing, hang out inside and enjoy great brews compliments of Blackhorse Pub and Brewery.

Friends of Legacy Parks will receive a special edition t-shirt for attending! 

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REI Awards Legacy Parks Grant for Urban Wilderness

For the fifth consecutive year, REI is showing its support for Legacy Parks Foundation and Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness through a $10,000 grant to build a trail  from Dogwood Elementary School to Stanley-Lippencott Park.  The REI Dogwood Elementary Trail Project will increase access to the park and connect neighborhoods and an elementary school within Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness.  The trail will not only provide the community a safe route to school but will promote physical activity and foster community interaction; and provide both environmental and mental health benefits. The long-term vision is that this section of trail will become a link connecting existing trails in the Urban Wilderness to Stanley-Lippencott Park, into Fort Dickerson, and connect to the planned Battlefield Loop, creating an even greater connection to wilderness and history. These continued connections and increased access points will benefit recreational users of all types and experience levels.

REI began contributing to the trails of Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness in 2014, and has given significant support since, including funding for a bridge, a kid’s trail, a junior pump track, and water stations throughout the Urban Wilderness.

This project is a collaboration of several active community partners including the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club, City of Knoxville, Knox County, Great Schools Partnership, CAC Americorp, Knox County Health Department, Lindbergh Forest Community, Sierra Club, Ijams Nature Center and private landowners.

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Legacy Parks Benefit at Tupelo Honey Cafe

Stop by Tupelo Honey in Market Square on Friday, May 25 to support Legacy Parks!

On the last Friday of each month, a portion of proceeds from the ENTIRE day is donated back to our work to expand, protect, and access our parks, trails, and waterways in East Tennessee!

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Legacy Parks Night at Balter Beerworks

Join us Thursday, May 24 for our Legacy Parks Night at Balter Beerworks! This monthly event is a chance to gather with friends and family every 4th Thursday of the month for great beer, food, and fun. What makes it extra sweet is that Balter Beerworks donates proceeds from the night to Legacy Parks to support our East Tennessee parks, trails, and waterways. It’s an evening you don’t want to miss!

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Billy Lush Boards & Brew Open for the Season!

Did you know you can rent paddle boards, kayaks, bikes, and more right downtown?

Billy Lush Boards & Brew, located in the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center is now open on weekends for the spring season. Hours of operation are Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Take advantage of this downtown Tennessee River access at Volunteer Landing, and experience how fun it is to go for a paddle with the city skyline in the background!

Visit the Billy Lush Boards website for more information.


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Collier Preserve


Join us at the volunteer workday on Saturday, August 4 from 9-11am. We are looking for volunteers to help with invasive plant removal and trash cleanup at Collier Preserve! All skill levels and ages are welcome to join us in creating a beautiful new greenspace for the Powell community!

Once phase one is complete, we will be able to start transforming the preserve into a beautiful county park that will be maintained by Knox County Parks & Recreation and will include natural surface walking trails, a playground, restored historic structures, a kayak rest stop on Beaver Creek and more!

The almost 12-acre property on Beaver Creek, next door to the Powell Branch Library, was donated to Legacy Parks by Dr. Bob Collier in December 2016.

Email us to sign-up!

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