Whether you’re stopping by Knoxville for a quick visit or looking to move, there are plenty of outdoor activities to choose from. Let’s take a few moments to dive into six of my personal favorite outdoor activities. Although, the list of potential activities spans into the thousands!
First up is Sequoyah Hills Park
This breathtaking 80-acre park is in West Knoxville. It’s the ideal vacation destination for anyone seeking to escape away from the hustle and bustle of the city. This park features both paved and unpaved trails that are perfect for walkers, runners, and cyclists.
If you’re looking to enjoy a game of baseball or softball with friends and family, Sequoyah Hills is the spot for you! With three well-kept ball diamonds and on-site restrooms, you’re almost guaranteed to hit a home run!
The fun doesn’t stop there! Sequoyah Hills is home to a majestic waterway that is sure to please swimmers, fishermen, and kayakers. An afternoon spent traveling down the 7.6 roundtrip waterway is sure to wash all your worries away.
If you’re looking to experience the thrills of water rafting, then you’ve come to the right place!
Smoky Mountain Outdoors Company brings this one of kind experience to the rivers of Knoxville, Tennessee. Located on the Pidgeon River, you’ll embark on an unforgettable adventure. There are two options to choose from when setting up your whitewater rafting voyage.
You can choose from either the upper or lower Pidgeon river rafting experience. The upper river package includes a 2 hour, 7 mile trip through the rapids. Rafters must be at least 8 years of age and weigh at least of 70 lbs. The lower river package is for people who want a more relaxed rafting experience. This 1.5 hour, 5.5 mile trip is perfect for rafters of all ages and skills levels. But, the smallest age of rafter is 3 years old (with adult supervision).
Zoo Knoxville allows visitors to get up close and personal with all kinds of exotic animals.
Visitors are taken on a trip across the globe, from Central America to the grasslands of Africa. Some highlights include: hand feeding giraffes, red panda village, night time safaris, and behind the scenes tours!
Zoo Knoxville is open seven days a week, from 9 to 5 (excluding some holidays). Even better, this outdoor destination is budget friendly. Prices start as low as $16.95 for an all-day pass (for children age 12 and under). Admission for guests over age 12 is only $19.95! And, guests under age four get in FOR FREE. What a deal!?
For outdoor enthusiasts with a “need for speed”, Navitat Canopy Adventures is the place to visit
Zipliners of all experience levels are welcome to take on this obstacle course. This is a true opportunity for guests to challenge their physical prowess. A ticket gets you 2 full hours of zip lining fun and 6 different trails to choose from. Before the start of your experience, both a safety and orientation presentation will be given. Also, there are two photo booth opportunities on the course to record your experience.
Both days and hours of operation vary in the summer based on group size. Mondays are set aside for large groups and need advance reservations. On Tuesday’s and Thursday’s, the course is open from 10 to 6. Fridays and Saturdays are 10 to 8. Hours on Sunday are 10 to 6. Prices vary by age of guests and whether you choose to combine your zip lining with a trip to Zoo Knoxville. Admittance for ages 7 to 11 is $34.95, and $44.95 for anyone age 12 and older. There are more than 5,000 rock climbing sites near Knoxville.
One of the most popular rock climbing venues is located at the Ijams Nature Center. With 34 different climbing routes in total, there is an option for climbers of all skills levels. Climbing hours run from 8 am to sunset during the summer. One caveat of this activity is that climbers will need to bring their own climbing gear.
Local farmers markets are another spectacular outdoor activity to check out in Knoxville.
These markets combine culture, good food, and live entertainment. One of the most frequented farmers markets is in the heart of downtown Knoxville. The Market Square farmers market is the best way to explore the city and all it has to offer. This particular market begins in early May and last all the way through late November. The market is held on Wednesdays from 11 to 2 and Saturdays from 9 to 2.
As you can see, Knoxville is THE PLACE for all things outdoors. From the typical to the unique, Knoxville does have it all. So, check out a few (or all six!!) of the above activities and enjoy your time soaking in all that nature has to offer.