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Northshore Parks

Approximately a half mile past the intersection of Northshore Drive and Pellissippi Parkway begins a series of Knox County parks that provide access to the bountiful recreational opportunities on Fort Loudon Lake. On both land and water,…

East Tennessee Whitewater

Some of the best whitewater in the country is right here in East Tennessee. Indeed, four great rivers for whitewater adventures are easy day trips from Knoxville. The Pigeon River near Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge; The Ocoee River east of…

Wildflowers in the Smokies

A short drive from Knoxville, the Smoky Mountains boasts one of the most beautiful and natural wildflower displays in the Eastern United States. Unsure of which trails to wander?  Join the annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in Great Smoky…

Frozen Head’s Old Mac Trail

If you are anything like me and hike to escape the crowds of the city, going to the Smokies may not give you that fulfillment, especially during peak times of the year. Frozen Head State Park is a great way to avoid the crowds, while still…

Oh Tannenbaum

With the smell of fresh Christmas tree on your hands and the perfect tree tied to the roof of your car, you’re sure to be in the Christmas spirit as you drive home from one of the Christmas tree farms dot the hills of East Tennessee.…

Ablaze with Color

As spectacular as many destinations in the Smoky Mountains can be, Gregory Bald holds a special place in the hearts of many hikers for its unique beauty. The bald has an intriguing and disputed history. One story is that, during the Civil…

Trail Running

Amongst a growing number of local breweries, attractions, and dog parks, the scruffy city of Knoxville is also nationally known for its running trails—complete with gorgeous scenery. Trail running allows people to connect and stay fit while…