Fun Exploring Knoxville’s Natural Beauty

Legacy Parks was pleased to partner again with Dogwood Arts to produce Hikes & Blooms and Bikes & Blooms this year! We coordinated volunteers from several outdoor clubs and groups to offer two hikes and two bike rides that were free, open to the public, and fun for the whole family.

Starting the season off with the hikes, we explored Ft. Dickerson, learning the Civil War history of the land and finding beautiful views from the bottom and the top of the quarry. The second hike covered the trails at Baker Creek Preserve, where we observed the giant sycamore trees and overlooks of the city.

During the weekend of Dogwood Arts Festival, we hit the roads and greenways on bikes to continue exploring Knoxville’s natural beauty. The northbound route was about seven miles through historic neighborhoods with a stop at Three Rivers Market for a complementary beverage, and the southbound route started at the new Suttree Landing Park, traveling the greenway to Ijams Nature Center and back.

Through Hikes & Blooms and Bikes & Blooms, we were able to get 200 people to get out and play, and we can’t wait to do it again next year!