Crews working on the Redbud Bridge Road recently placed the main section over the street to connect Legacy Parks’ new Baker Creek Preserve to the South Loop Trails of Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness. The bridge was funded by grants from REI to both Legacy Parks Foundation and the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club, and private donations.
Construction is almost complete at the Baker Creek Preserve – the latest addition to the city’s Urban Wilderness. The 100-acre site contains over six miles of professionally built multi-use trails, including those for beginners to some for expert downhill mountain bikers. The trails were made possible by a $200,000 Tennessee RTP grant to Legacy Parks, and the downhill trail was funded by the Bell Helmets contest won by the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club.
The trails in the preserve will feature names that pay homage to the terrain and local history. Some of the monikers include the Devil’s Racetrack, Floyd Fox, The Barn Burner Downhill, Pappy’s Way, and the Cruze Valley Run.