News & Events

Legacy Parks Foundation

Great Events Raise Funds For Legacy Parks

Donations come in many forms and this month we’d like to thank Blue Ridge Mountain Sports for hosting two exceptional events that benefitted Legacy Parks. The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour presented a collection of inspiring adventure films to a sold out audience at the Bijou Theater in March. The Disaster and Wilderness First Aid Certification Course, held annually, featured a 2-day hands–on workshop teaching preparedness to the general public.

On May 17th, Rev3 is back in Knoxville with the Knoxville Kicker Adventure Race. Participants will start the race in the heart of Knoxville’s World’s Fair Park and progress their way to the Urban Wilderness as teams of two or three run, bike and paddle the 15 to 25 mile course attempting to hit the most checkpoints in the fastest time. Rev3 Adventure is offering a 50% discount to anyone affiliated with Legacy Parks — the discount code is AMBC50.

Coming up in June, two more exciting events will benefit Legacy Parks. The XTERRA Knoxville will be held on June 7th at Mead’s Quarry and will feature a 1200-meter swim, 16.6-mile bike ride and a 4.1-mile run. The Stroller Derby is a 2.5-mile greenway run scheduled for June 29th at the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center with a 9 am start. This is a family event and participants are encouraged to push a stroller, but all runners are welcome to join the fun. The event is not timed and kids under 10 are free. Both events are produced by Dirty Bird Events.

Legacy Parks appreciates all the wonderful support from our community!

more details
Bikes Blooms

Sponsors Made Outdoor KnoxFest a Great Weekend For Fun!

The 3rd Annual Outdoor KnoxFest was fun-fueled weekend providing a host of outdoor activities for all ages and skill levels! The Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center was the hub for the weekend’s events and clinics that included paddling, hiking, running, bicycling, disc golf, sailing, fly fishing – just to name a few. Outdoor KnoxFest was presented by Pilot Flying J and was a signature event of the Dogwood Arts Festival. Other sponsors included: 3 Rivers Angler, Appalachian Mountain Bike Club, Blue Ridge Mountain Sports, Billy Lush Brand, Cedar Bluff Cycles, City of Knoxville Parks and Recreation, Concord Yacht Club, Cycology Bicycles, Eagle Distributing Company, Fort Loudoun Lake Association, Fountain City Pedaler, Knoxville Bicycle Hospital, Ijams Nature Center, Innovation Valley Disc Golf Club, Knox County Parks & Rec, Knoxville Police Department, Knoxville Track & Field Club, Mast General Store, McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, Metro Pulse, Norris Paddling Adventures, REI, River Sports Outfitters, Smoky Mountain Wheelmen, Suttree’s High Gravity Tavern, Tennessee Valley Bicycles, Three Rivers Market, TREK South, UT Federal Credit Union, University of Tennessee Outdoor Program, WBIR Channel 10, WIVK-FM, Sports Animal Knoxville, NewsTalk 98.7 FM the News and Talk of Knoxville. Thanks to all the wonderful volunteers who helped with registration and individual events.

Outdoor KnoxFest photographers Jim McCormick, Karen Clements Wilkenson and Elle Colquitt captured the weekends activities. A slideshow of their images can be previewed online at OutdoorKnoxville! Thank you for sharing the weekend events with us!

more details

Seniors Take To The Woods!

Seniors Outdoors is a half-day event on May 16th that will introduce adults over the age of 50 to the Urban Wilderness and all it has to offer. This event is free, but registration is required. The event includes guided strolls and hikes, exhibits and programs, kayak and mountain bike demonstrations, lunch, special guest speaker Dr. Bob Overholt, and a warm welcome from Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero.

A bus will be provided and will leave from the John T. O’Connor Senior Center (611 Winona Street) promptly at 9:30 am to go to Mead’s Quarry and will return to the O’Connor Center at 1:30 pm. Participants are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes, bring a water bottle, sunscreen, and a camp chair if needed. To register for Seniors Outdoors, call the CAC Office on Aging at 524-2786 by Tuesday, May 13.

more details
Summer Suppers

Legacy Parks Teams With Knox Heritage For Summer Supper

What’s Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness all about? Join us for a sampling of just a few of the activities available at Outdoor Knoxville. The evening begins at the Outdoor Knoxville headquarters along the Tennessee River where you’ll pick up gourmet trail mix and water to fortify you for your venture into the Urban Wilderness. You’ll have your choice of three adventures. You can take a bike tour along the river—bikes provided—or go on a walking tour of historic downtown sites or just stay put and enjoy the scenery and a paddle boat demonstration on the river. Afterwards, you’ll return to Outdoor Knoxville for appetizers and a buffet dinner by the waterfall as the sun sets over the city.

more details
Billy Lush Shop

Bike and Paddle From The Adventure Center

The Billy Lush Board Shop will soon be offering greenway bikes for rent at the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center. The Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center provides easy access for those wanted to pedal around downtown, head out to Ijams Nature Center and the Urban Wilderness or hop on the Neyland Greenway and visit nearby parks. You can pick up the Greenways and Urban Wilderness maps at the Adventure Center. The Billy Lush Board Shop features a full retail showroom specializing in a variety of Stand Up Paddleboards and accessories and offers paddleboard and canoe rentals, classes and guided excursions. Kayaks will be added shortly. For more information visit Billy Lush Board Shop’s website.

more details

Legacy Parks Teams With Governor’s Foundation On Health and Fitness

Legacy Parks joins an alliance of major employers and the broad business community, healthcare and insurance providers, faith communities, city and county mayors, school systems, and other key stakeholders across the state, in an on-going effort to encourage and enable more Tennesseans to live healthier lives. As a coalition partner, Legacy Parks works to assist the Foundation in promoting three main lifestyle changes for Tennessee residents — being physically active for 30 minutes a day five days a week, eating healthier, and not using tobacco. A complete toolkit is available at

The Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness is a non-profit corporation established in 2013 by Governor Bill Haslam. Its mission is to encourage and enable Tennesseans to be more physically active, eat more nutritious food in the right portions, and abstain from tobacco. And, because most of us are more likely to change our behavior and establish new habits when we are with other people, the Foundation is focusing its alliances, programs and tools on workplaces, schools, and places of worship. Through its website,, it is offering Small Starts @ Home, Small Starts @ Work, and the soon-to-be-available Small Starts @ Worship – simple, easy-to-use, and free health tips, tools, and challenges. These small starts can lead to big changes and positive outcomes.

more details

Urban Wilderness Map Goes Mobile

Instructions are available online at Outdoor Knoxville for adding the Urban Wilderness South Loop 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. Some of the features include: pinpoints your exact location on the trails; allows you to measure distances by “drawing” a line on the map; records tracks and reports how far you have traveled; and estimates an approximation on the elevation you have gained or lost. This is a great resource for all who set out to explore Knoxville’s 42-mile trail system!

more details
Trail Volunteer

Partnership Formed For Trail Volunteer Program

The Trail Volunteer Program is a partnership between Knox County, the City of Knoxville, the Town of Farragut, Ijams Nature Center and Legacy Parks Foundation. The program offers local trail and greenway users the opportunity to make our community’s park system a friendlier, cleaner, more inviting place to bike, run and play. Adults of any age and ability are welcome to take part. Volunteers are asked to commit a few hours each month to visit their specific trail or greenway. Even a small contribution of time will be helpful, and the experience will be rewarding and fun.

The basic responsibilities of a trail volunteer member are:
GREET all trail users and act as goodwill ambassadors for our community.
INFORM users about the park and trail system, trail directions, etiquette and rules.
ASSIST users who are lost, need bike repair, first aid (when trained) and assist local governments or land managers concerning maintenance and illegal activity. Those interested in joining the program can apply online.

more details
Satellite Station

Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center Satellite For Visit Knoxville

The Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center at Volunteer Landing along Knoxville’s downtown waterfront is a hub for outdoor recreation activities and information. Recently, Legacy Parks has partnered with Visit Knoxville making the Adventure Center a satellite visit center. Now visitors can pickup general information about Knoxville in addition to the extensive materials on outdoor activities and the Knoxville Urban Wilderness. The Adventure Center offers stand-up paddleboard and canoe rentals, maps, information, programs and events for outdoor enthusiasts of all levels. It is centrally located along the Tennessee River and downtown greenway and easily accessible from Neyland Drive, downtown Knoxville and I-40.

Event producers are welcomed to bring rack cards and posters to the Adventure Center for display. To further help you promote your outdoor activities, submit your event online to the Outdoor Knoxville calendar using the Submit an Event form.

more details
Greenways 5K Race

Greenways 5K Benefits Legacy Parks

The 23rd annual Greenways 5K and 2-mile Walk/Dog Jog on April 12, 2014, traverses along the most scenic portion of the Third Creek Greenway, and ends with a celebration of live music, plenty of food, and living plant awards to the overall and age group winners. The race starts at 9am at West High School and runs a course that is essentially flat with two very short hills. Proceeds of the race benefit the Knox Greenways Coalition and Legacy Parks. Sponsorships of the race are needed and offer great benefits – as well as benefitting Legacy Parks. Sponsorship information is available online or by calling Legacy Parks Foundation at 525-2585. For more information and to register for the race visit Outdoor Knoxville.

more details