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Outdoor KnoxFest Sunday Schedule

Outdoor KnoxFest presented by Humana offers the following activities on Sunday, April 26. All events are for any ability.

10 a.m.  PetSafe Hike with Your Hound at Anderson School Trailhead of the Urban Wilderness

1 p.m.  First Hike in the Woods sponsored by Blue Ridge Mountain Sports at Mead’s Quarry

2 p.m.  Wildflower Hike at the Burnett Creek Trailhead of the Urban Wilderness

2 p.m.  Tour de Knox Bike Rally at Neyland Stadium

3 p.m.  Dogwood Arts Festival Bikes ‘n Blooms Ride at the Outdoor Adventure Center

Details and directions are available on outdoorknoxville.com

 

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Outdoor KnoxFest Weather Related Updates

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Most early activities with Outdoor KnoxFest presented by Humana have been cancelled because of weather. The SweetWater Clean Sweep is rescheduled for May 30th.

 

But, there is still a lot to do today:

The schedule of events at the Outdoor Adventure Center includes:

11 a.m. – Bike Maintenance Clinic

Neighborhood Barre Class

12 Noon –  Yoga class

Fly Fishing Clinic

1 p.m. – GOPRO Clinic

Running Readiness Class

Other events include:

Until 4 p.m. Free paddling with Billy Lush Board Shop at the Outdoor Adventure Center – paddleboards, kayaks, canoes!

1 p.m.  Wildflower Hike at Burnett Creek Parking Lot

2 p.m.  Road and Trail Ride with AMBC at Mead’s Quarry. (15-20 miles for intermediate and advanced riders.)

3 p.m.  A Walk in the Woods at Ijams Nature Center

Dogwood Arts Festival Bikes ‘n Blooms Ride from the Outdoor Adventure Center

 

 

 

 

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Outdoor KnoxFest – Free Fun For Everyone!

OKF graphicOutdoor KnoxFest, presented by Humana, is Knoxville’s Outdoor Adventure Festival, showcasing our incredible natural and recreational assets. If you’re looking for an outdoor challenge, or just want to try a new activity, you will want to join us on April 24-26. Here is a schedule of all the events, for the experienced, or new, adventurer.

Exhibits and food available in the Outdoor Adventure Center upper parking lot on Hill Avenue from 10-4. For all activities, please wear appropriate clothing and shoes, bring needed gear, water, snacks, etc.

Directions to each of the locations are listed at the end of the event description.
Skill levels:  OKF-Open allOpen to all abilitiesOKF-BeginnerBeginnerOKF-IntermediateIntermediateOKF-AdvancedAdvanced

 

Friday, April 24

5:30 p.m. Bike Scavenger Hunt and Volunteer Party
OKF-BeginnerOKF-IntermediateOKF-AdvancedFree event at the Public House

Saturday, April 25

9:00 a.m. Diva Mountain Bike Ride meets at Mead’s Quarry Trailhead
OKF-BeginnerOKF-IntermediateOKF-AdvancedEnjoy the trails of the Urban Wilderness on this women’s only ride led by Tennessee Valley Bikes. Participants will be divided into three different skill levels. Riders need to wear a helmet, have water and eye protection. Ride will be approximately 1-2 hours depending on group. Meet at the Mead’s Quarry parking lot. Ride is sponsored by Tennessee Valley Bicycles and Keen. If you need a bicycle, Tennessee Valley Bikes will provide bikes/helmets on a first come/first served basis — please arrive one hour prior to event. Ride will be 1-1/2 – 2 hours, approximately 3 miles, depending on skill.  Free  Directions to Mead’s Quarry

9:00 a.m. Hike with Your Hound meets at Anderson School Trailhead
OKF-Open allExplore the trails with PetSafe and Missy Kane on a hike with your best friend! The trails are pet-friendly, however pets must be on a leash. Approximately 3 miles. Free   Directions to Anderson School

10:00 a.m. History Hike at Fort Dickerson Park
OKF-BeginnerOKF-IntermediateDiscover one of the best-preserved earthen forts from the Civil War era that rests on a knob just across the river from downtown! The exploration at Fort Dickerson Park will be led by Debbie Sharp from TREK South and Civil War historian, Dr. Joan Markel, will share historical facts and features of the earthen forts within the park. Meet at the lower parking lot for the Fort Dickerson Park Greenway, the Augusta Avenue entrance. Hike will last approximately 2 hours (2 miles). Free   Directions to Fort Dickerson

10:00 a.m. GOPRO Clinic at the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center
OKF-Open allLooking to get a GoPro, or you have one and would like some insight into best practices for capturing your life’s most exciting moments? Join REI’s GoPro experts for this class and Get to Know Your GoPro. Focus will be on the camera’s user interface, video capture, image settings, and accessories. Free  Directions to Outdoor Adventure Center

11:00 to 2:00 p.m. Open Paddle at the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center
OKF-Open allJoin us for the opportunity to try out a variety of watercraft on the river. You will be able to choose from paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, and hydro bikes provided by Billy Lush Board Shop, UT Outdoor Program, Norris Paddling Adventures, and the City of Knoxville Parks & Recreation. Free  Directions to Outdoor Adventure Center

11:00 a.m. Bike Maintenance Clinic at the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center
OKF-Open allThe experts at Tennessee Valley Bikes will demonstrate maintenance skills and tips for keeping your bikes in good working condition on the road or trail. Free   Directions to Outdoor Adventure Center

11:00 a.m. Get Fit Patio Class – Neighborhood Barre
OKF-Open allJoin Katy Branstetter with Neighborhood Barre for a unique workout that combines dance conditioning, pilates, and isometrics to create a long, lean physique. Free   Directions to Outdoor Adventure Center

11:00 a.m. Intro to Mountain Bike Skills Clinic at the Wood Property in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness 
OKF-BeginnerNew to mountain biking? Come learn safety, etiquette, and skills for mountain biking with Knox County Parks & Recreation and the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club. Free   Directions to the Wood Property

11:00 a.m. Boulder Scramble Hike meets at Mead’s Quarry Trailhead
OKF-IntermediateOKF-AdvancedScramble over the boulder fields and through the keyhole at Ross Marble Quarry, as you make your way to the old lime pit. Route will explore new trails with exceptional overviews. Discover the amazing diversity of Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness with Sarah Brobst, naturalist with Ijams Nature Center. Be prepared to get dirty! Scramble will last approximately 2-2.5 hours. Not suitable for young children. Free   Directions to Ijams

12:00 p.m. First Ride in the Woods meets at the Wood Property in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness
OKF-Open allBeginner riders will follow experienced members of the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club and Tennessee Valley Bikes to learn important bike handling skills for navigating the trails in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness. Riders need to wear a helmet, have water and eye protection. Riders will be out for approximately 1.5 hours. If you need a bicycle, Tennessee Valley Bikes will provide bikes/helmets on a first come/first served basis — please arrive one hour prior to event. Approximately 2 miles. Free   Directions to the Wood Property

12:00 p.m. Fly Fishing Clinic at the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center
OKF-Open allTackle a few of the basic fly fishing skills as the experts at 3 Rivers Angler share their techniques on casting fundamentals and choosing the right gear. Free   Directions to Outdoor Adventure Center

12:00 p.m. Get Fit Patio Class  – Yoga with Shekita Arnold
OKF-Open allYoga on the patio with Shekita Arnold. Free   Directions to Outdoor Adventure Center

1:00 p.m. Wildflower Hike meets at Burnett Creek Parking Area
OKF-BeginnerSpring in East Tennessee is vibrant with color! Join our local wildflower experts on an easy hike, where they’ll highlight the wildflowers of Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness. Approximately 2-3 miles. Free  Directions to Burnett Creek

1:00 p.m. GOPRO Clinic at the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center
OKF-Open allLooking to get a GoPro, or you have one and would like some insight into best practices for capturing your life’s most exciting moments? Join REI’s GoPro experts for this class and Get to Know Your GoPro. Focus will be on the camera’s user interface, video capture, image settings, and accessories. Free  Directions to Outdoor Adventure Center

1:00 p.m. Get Fit Patio Class - Beginning Runners Readiness
OKF-Open allBeginning runners will learn the correct way to prepare for a run/walk from the Foothill Striders and then join the group on a one-mile walk or run on the Neyland Greenway. Free   Directions to Outdoor Adventure Center

2:00 p.m. South Loop Group Ride meets at Meads Quarry Trailhead
OKF-BeginnerOKF-IntermediateOKF-AdvancedExperience the trails within the Urban Wilderness on a group mountain bike ride with leaders from the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club. Riders will break into groups according to fitness and skills levels. Riders need to wear a helmet, have water and eye protection. Approximately 12 miles.  Free   Directions to Mead’s Quarry

2:00 p.m. Fly Fishing for Women at the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center
OKF-Open allAre you interested in trying fly-fishing? This women’s only clinic is your opportunity to tackle a few of the basic fly fishing skills as the experts at 3 Rivers Angler share their techniques on casting fundamentals and choosing the right gear. Free  Directions to Outdoor Adventure Center

2:30 p.m. SweetWater Clean Sweep River Clean-up at the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center
OKF-BeginnerGrab your paddleboard, kayak, canoe, inner tube, or rain boots and help clean up Volunteer Landing with SweetWater Brewing Company. Participants will be eligible for great prizes, including a SweetWater Paddleboard.  Free  Directions to Outdoor Adventure Center

3:00 p.m. Southbound Bikes & Blooms Scenic Bike Ride leaves from the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center
OKF-BeginnerOKF-IntermediateDogwood Arts Festival’s popular neighborhood bike ride for the whole family rides from the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center to the colorful gardens that frame Island Home Boulevard. The Smoky Mountain Wheelmen will lead this scenic 8-mile ride. Riders must wear helmets. Young riders must be skilled at on-road riding, suggested age 8 and up. Free   Directions to Outdoor Adventure Center

3:00 p.m. Sailboat Cruising: Knoxville to Trinidad
OKF-Open allHave you thought about cruising the deep blue sea? Come hear members of the Concord Yacht Club tell of their experience on a sailboat from Knoxville to Trinidad. Free  Directions to Outdoor Adventure Center

3:00 p.m. A Walk in the Woods meets at Ijams Nature Center
OKF-BeginnerOKF-IntermediateExplore the unusual natural and man-made structures at Mead’s and Ross Marble Quarry at Ijams Nature Center, the heart of Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness. Stephen Lyn Bales, a naturalist with Ijams Nature Center, will lead the 2-hour hike. Approximately 3 miles. Free   Directions to Ijams

4:30 p.m. SweetWater Clean Sweep Party at the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center
All Outdoor KnoxFest and SweetWater Clean Sweep participants and volunteers are invited to join in the after party with SweetWater and Aubrey’s. SweetWater Clean Sweep prizes will be awarded. Free  Directions to Outdoor Adventure Center

Sunday, April 26

9:00 a.m. Trail Run starts at Mead’s Quarry Trailhead
OKF-IntermediateOKF-AdvancedKnoxville Track Club’s annual trail run through Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness benefits Legacy Parks. Approximately 3.5-4 miles. Pre-register by Friday, April 17 for $25; day-of registration is $30. Register online at Active.com  Directions to Mead’s Quarry

10:00 a.m. Hike with Your Hound meets at Anderson School Trailhead
OKF-Open allExplore the trails with PetSafe on a hike with your best friend! The trails are pet-friendly, however pets must be on a leash. Approximately 3 miles.  Free   Directions to Anderson School

11:00 a.m. Mountain Bike Checkpoint Race meets at Mead’s Quarry Trailhead
OKF-IntermediateOKF-AdvancedTeams of two will race between checkpoints on South Knoxville’s trails, roads and greenways. There is no set route and the checkpoints will remain secret until the start of the event. Teams going for all check points should prepare for around 40 miles. Riders need to carry their own gear, food and water, as there are no sag vehicles or rest stops. Participants are required to burn a taillight when on roads. Be prepared for any circumstances you may encounter including, but not limited to: medical emergencies, navigational errors, inoperable equipment, wild animals, and stinging/poisonous insects and plants. Most of all have fun. Sponsored by Tennessee Valley Bikes and the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club. Tennessee Valley Bikes will be providing maps and prizes! All ages and skills are welcome. Teams must have a reliable digital camera so they can document the checkpoints! Benefits the Legacy Parks Foundation. Pre-register by Friday, April 17 for $40 per team; day-of registration is $50 per team. Register online at Active.com  Directions to Mead’s Quarry

1:00 p.m. First Hike in the Woods meets at Mead’s Quarry Trailhead
OKF-Open allLet our hiking experts from Blue Ridge Mountain Sports share valuable tips and ideas for successful hiking treks. Approximately 2 miles. Free   Directions to Mead’s Quarry

2:00 p.m. Wildflower Hike meets at Burnett Creek Parking Area
OKF-BeginnerOKF-IntermediateSpring in East Tennessee is vibrant with color! Join our local wildflower experts on an easy hike, where they’ll highlight the wildflowers of Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness. Approximately 2-3 miles.Free  Directions to Burnett Creek

2:00 p.m. Tour de Knox meets at Neyland Stadium Plaza
OKF-Open allUT students present a family friendly bike event to promote transportation and safety in downtown and on the UT campus. Adults are $15, Students are $10 and children 12 and under are free. Register online at http://www.tourdeknox.com

3:00 p.m. Northbound Bikes & Blooms Scenic Bike Ride leaves from the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center
OKF-BeginnerOKF-IntermediateDogwood Arts Festival’s popular neighborhood bike ride for the whole family enjoys the colorful displays of our native dogwood trees that fringe our boulevards and gardens along the Dogwood Arts Trails. Leaving the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center, riders will ride through downtown and loop through historic neighborhoods in North Knoxville. This scenic 8-mile ride will be led by Smoky Mountain Wheelmen and Dogwood Arts Festival. Riders must wear helmets. Young riders must be skilled at on-road riding, suggested age is 8 and up. Free   Directions to Outdoor Adventure Center

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Join the SweetWater Clean Sweep at Outdoor KnoxFest

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SweetWater Brewing Company and Aubrey’s restaurants are partnering on a new event for Outdoor KnoxFest presented by Humana. From now until April 24, Aubrey’s has special deals on SweetWater products, and you can register to win a standup paddleboard lesson package. Then, on Saturday, April 25 at 2 p.m., bring your favorite watercraft and join the SweetWater Clean Sweep River Clean-up at the Outdoor Adventure Center. We’ll take to the water to clean up the river for the summer paddling season. All those at the Clean Sweep will be eligible to win a SweetWater paddle board.

After the event, celebrate with us at the SweetWater After Party!

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Pint Night This Friday

pint nite posterScruffy City Hall, 35 Market Square, is the place to be on Friday, April 10 from 5-8 p.m. when they host Pint Night for Legacy Parks! Bring your friends and join us on the fabulous new roof deck when 20% of all sales will benefit Legacy Parks Foundation.

This Pint Night is one of the events associated with The Living Lands and Waters Tennessee River Tour that kicks off  in Knoxville on April 9 before making five other stops along the river. The nationally recognized river conservation organization’s Knoxville event includes a public river cleanup and educational activities across the city.

See you Friday night!

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Join 3 Rivers Angler at the Fly Fishing Film Tour

3 Rivers Angler brings the 2015 Fly Fishing Film Tour to Knoxville on Friday, March 27 that will benefit Legacy Parks. The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Relix Variety Theatre.

The F3T is a one of a kind experience – the original and preeminent exhibition of fly fishing cinema. Each year fishy folk of all ages gather to soak up films from around the world, spin a few yarns with friends, and dream about casts still unmade.

Tickets are $12 in advance and are available at 3 Rivers Angler. They are also available for $15 through F3T online or at the door.

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Humana Presents 2015 Outdoor KnoxFest

HumanaOutdoor KnoxFest presented by Humana is a weekend for adventurers, outdoor enthusiasts, and nature lovers to celebrate outdoor recreation in Knoxville and its Urban Wilderness on April 24-26, 2015.  Produced by Legacy Parks Foundation, the event offers participants the opportunity to experience for free Knoxville’s amazing recreational amenities. Whether from a hiking trail, a bike path, or on the river, there are activities for every skill level, and an assortment of clinics and demonstrations provide the chance to learn something neOKF color logow.

“At Humana, we are passionate about improving community wellness and inspiring individuals and families to engage with their health through nutrition, exercise, and overall well-being,” said Barry Boster, Humana Tennessee Market Vice President. “The Outdoor KnoxFest offers residents an array of sports and outdoor adventures that demonstrate a healthy, active lifestyle does not necessarily require a gym.”

Several of the favorite events from previous years will be offered again, including a history hike at Ft. Dickerson, introductory mountain bike rides, wildflower hikes, and open paddles for trying a standup paddleboard, kayak, or canoe. Clinics will be presented on Introduction to Mountain Biking, GOPRO, Fly-Fishing, and Bicycle Maintenance.

“One of Legacy Parks’ objectives is to promote Knoxville as an outdoor recreation destination and encourage people to get out and experience all the incredible amenities we have – from the river to the Urban Wilderness and even our many miles of greenways,” said Carol Evans, Executive Director of Legacy Parks Foundation. “Most of the activities on the schedule now include options for three separate skill levels. Whether you are a beginner and just want to try a new activity, or you want a serious challenge, we have an event just for you,” she added.

Several New Activities This Year

Outdoor KnoxFest will kick off with an event in conjunction with the Tennessee Bike Summit on Friday night at The Public House. A bike scavenger hunt, open to the public, will begin with registration at The Public House courtyard, 212 W. Magnolia Avenue, at 5:30 p.m. A celebration and awards will follow the conclusion of the ride.

And, for the first time, you can bring your furry friend on a PetSafe Hike with Your Hound on Saturday or Sunday at Ft. Dickerson. Many of the trails in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness welcome pets on leashes.

SweetWater_RiverCleanup2Another new event this year is the SweetWater Clean Sweep River Clean-up on Saturday, April 25 at 2 p.m. Participants on the river and on land will help clean up Legacy Parks property for the summer season.

SweetWater and Aubrey’s restaurants are partnering to give away prize packages and a grand prize SweetWater standup paddleboard to participants in the clean up. Visit Aubrey’s to register in advance of the event and bring your canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, or rafts and join us on April 25 for a fun time on the water. SweetWater is also sponsoring the after party for all participants at the Outdoor Adventure Center beginning at 4:30. This is one party you don’t want to miss!

The majority of events and equipment trials are free, though a few competitive events require a small fee. Registration is recommended for some events with limited equipment.

Schedule of events

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Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour Benefits Legacy Parks

Banff 2015Blue Ridge Mountain Sports presents the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, on Monday, March 23, at 7 p.m. at the Bijou Theatre. The international film tour presents the very best mountain films highlighting exotic landscapes and remote cultures, and bringing audiences up-close and personal with adrenaline-packed action sports.

The two-hour event presents a collection of award winning and audience favorites from the Banff Mountain Film Festival. These are the inspiring action, environmental, and adventure films from the most recent festival.

Doors open at 6 p.m. A raffle with great prizes will be held at intermission.  Tickets are available at Blue Ridge Mountain Sports or online at the Bijou Theatre.

 

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2015 Initiatives Detailed in Recent Article

CarolEvans_3_11736489_ver1.0_640_480A recent article in the Knoxville News Sentinel outlined Legacy Parks Foundation’s plans for 2015 that include creating public access along the French Broad and Holston river tailwaters, and completing a trail in East Knox County that will allow biking, hiking, and horseback riding from East Bridge Business Park to House Mountain.

Morgan Simmons interviewed Executive Director Carol Evans after a boat trip on the lower Holston River to look at possible locations for developing access points. Simmons details the plans for the new year and reviews the recent success and awards won by Legacy Parks.
Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess

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Urban Hikes Guidebook is a Hot Commodity!

Urban Hikes GuidebookThe new Urban Hikes in Knoxville and Knox County, Tennessee guidebook has been a big hit as a gift and for those interested in hikes close to town with unique local sights and sounds. Written by three members of the Harvey Broome Group of the Sierra Club, the book recommends hikes close to town with potential for sightings of flowers, birds, vistas, or locations of historical events. The book includes directions, maps, and color photographs of each hike.

Urban Hikes has recently sold out, but is now available at several retail outlets including Mast General Store, Union Avenue Books, Blue Ridge Mountain Sports, Three Rivers Market, and the Knoxville Visitors Center. It can also be ordered online through this website.

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