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Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge

Fish and Wildlife Refuge or Sanctuary

Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge is a 360 acre sanctuary open to the public for hiking, observation, education, and other low impact uses. The site is adjacent to the French Broad River and supports an impressive diversity of wildlife species,

The refuge is a demonstration area for land use and habitat managment techniques. Seven Islands is a research site for schools, groups, and universities. Several research projects are currently underway by the University of Tennesse and the Tennessee Ornithological Society.

Seven Islands is managed by a joint agreement between Knox County Parks and Recreation and Legacy Parks Foundation. A land manager is on site.

How to Get There

Take I-40 East to Exit #402, Midway Rd. Turn right on to Midway Road (toward Three Rivers Golf Course) Pass by Curtis Rd and Smith School Road. Turn left on to Maples Road. Turn right at the intersection with Kodak Road. Turn left on to Kelly Lane at the large, white Bethel Church. Kelly Lane takes you to the gate. Parking is available in a lot to the right.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are allowed on leashes.

Recreational Opportunities

Wildlife viewing, hiking, fishing, kayaking and canoeing, camping, nature interpretation


Seasons Accessible

Accessible all year.

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