Greenways & Blueways in Knoxville
Knoxville is an outdoor urban center providing visitors opportunities to hike, bike and paddle in downtown.
Outside recreation is BIG in Knoxville with more visitors enjoying the outdoors in every season than ever before. This post is about cruising the humble greenway – there are over 85 miles of paved trail alone here to explore. Even better, a few can be accessed by boat and/or personal watercraft (PWC - kayak, canoe, SUP). Read this and for more check out our Guide to Knoxville Greenways!
Will Skelton Greenway – PWC Access
This greenway on the southside of the river connects to the Urban Wilderness. It’s accessible by personal watercraft via its western-most point, Island Home Park, in the beautiful Island Home neighborhood (nearby Island Home Airport has another put-in option). About midway on this trail you’ll reach Ijams Nature Center where you can learn about wildlife conservation, take a hike, or make plans to paddle in the nearby Mead’s Quarry. Nearby Suttree Landing Park also has put-in access.
Sequoyah Greenway – PWC Access
Step off your kayak or SUP to enjoy this absolute gem named after the Cherokee scholar who invented the Cherokee alphabet. This two-and-a-half-mile route is a mostly unpaved gravel path in the center of a scenic boulevard that graces one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the city. You’ll see Sequoyah Park that stretches along the Tennessee River, and stunning homes and landscaping (an annual favorite Dogwood Trails neighborhood). Spring is full of azaleas, rhododendrons, and dogwoods on every corner.
James White Greenway – Boat Access
One of the most spacious boat launches in Knoxville is at the Governor Ned McWherter Riverside Landing Park. Depart your watercraft and head west towards Vol Landing where you can rent a kayak or SUP from Knoxville Adventure Collective or a bike to explore. Continue through Volunteer Landing or head downtown from here: go to The Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center and take the elevator up a floor and you’ll be back at “ground level” across the street from James White’s Fort and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
Neyland Greenway – Boat Access
Named after General Neyland (like Neyland Stadium – go Vols!), this greenway can be accessed by boat from the Neyland Boat Launch just to the east of the UT Gardens. If you continue east, you’ll pass all kinds of buildings as it is technically on the University of Tennessee campus, which is an attraction in its own right (explore campus more here).
Knox/Blount Greenway – Boat Access
Hop off your boat at Marine Park and head north toward Alcoa Highway. Before you cross the Tennessee River from South Knoxville, you’ll see Cherokee Farm which is a part of the UT Agricultural Campus. The greenway skirts the river and offers beautiful views but not much shade (slather on the sunscreen). This mostly flat route makes a great ride for kids on bikes!
Concord Greenway – Boat Access
For those that are further west on the Tennessee River, consider using the public boat ramp to spend some time on land. Concord Park has several trails, golf, and the Cove has a nice playground and picnicking opportunities. Visitors can also rent a kayak through RiverSports here.
For more information, check out our Guide to Knoxville Greenways. We hope this helps plan your next visit to another wonderful outdoor outlet in Knoxville!