The leaves are finally starting to transform into the reds, oranges, and yellows that make fall so beautiful in East Tennessee, and Legacy Parks has come up with a list of the best places to enjoy them in Knoxville.
Sharps Ridge (North Knoxville)
Sharps Ridge is only ten minutes from downtown, off of Broadway, and offers great views on both sides. You can drive to the top to enjoy the vista, or turn it into a medium-difficulty hike. They suggest making a loop by walking the Sharp Shin Trail and Fire Break Trail.
House Mountain Natural Area (East Knoxville)
A thirty minute drive from downtown can get you to the highest point in Knox County. There are 5.8 miles of trails on House Mountain that offer views of the Cumberland Mountains, Smoky Mountains, and downtown Knoxville. There are outlooks at 2,100 feet of elevation if you are willing to take some steep hikes on Crest Trail to the east or west overlooks.
Concord Park Trails (West Knoxville)
Concord Park has 11.8 miles of trail to wander around. Legacy Parks suggests the Lake Shore Loop for a chance to see the beautiful colors reflected in Springs Creek, an inlet of Fort Loudoun Lake. If you take an inland trail, you’ll be surrounded by a lush, wooded area that winds through flat and hilly sections of the park. They call the trails moderate in difficulty and say good signage make them easy to navigate.
Baker Creek Preserve (South Knoxville)
On the south side of the river, Legacy Parks suggests you try the Baker Creek Preserve. They say Pappy’s Way will lead you to a spectacular view of Knoxville where you might be able to see all the way to Buffalo Mountain. Then, they say, hike back down Best Medicine to extend your hike on the three other multi-use trails at Baker Creek Preserve.
Knox County is home to nearly 100 parks and over 115 miles of trails and greenway, so you shouldn't have to go far to see the fall leaves beyond your front yard. Check out outdoorknoxville.com for more!