No matter what your interests are, how much of a thrill you desire, and what your athletic skills are, Knoxville is the place to get outside. There are numerous outdoor activities in the area to get your body moving, help you enjoy some fresh air, and bring a smile to your face. Here are eight outdoor Knoxville activities you definitely want to add to your to-do list this weekend.
1. Knoxville Zoo
Kids of all ages — and adults too — will love all the exhibits, animals, and attractions at the Knoxville Zoo. During the summer months, your children will love to play at the zoo’s splash pad and you can enjoy one of the many unique animal experiences including camel rides and giraffe feedings. The zoo is opened seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
If you want a thrill, you must visit Navitat. This is a tree-based adventure park with zip lines, ropes courses, tunnels, and more. There are trails you can explore for each skill level, with the more advanced trails 30 to 60 feet in the air. This is a great activity for large groups and an activity for children as young as seven years old.
3. Abrams Falls
If you are willing to travel a short distance outside of town, you can spend the day hiking one of the most popular hiking trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Abrams Falls. The hike is 5 miles and is considered an easy hike — perfect for all skill levels.
If you want to spend your weekend out on the green, there are many courses calling your name. Willow Creek Golf Club, Knoxville Municipal Golf Course, and Whittle Springs Golf Course are just a few popular options and a great way to perfect your swing.
5. Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area
This 618-acre park makes it easy to get outside and enjoy the beautiful sunshine. In the park, you can walk or run on up to 10 miles of wilderness trails. Paved biking trails are located throughout the park as well, which are excellent for cycling. However, for some trails throughout the park, permits are needed for biking.
6. Riverboat Rides
The Star of Knoxville Riverboat ride helps you see the city of Knoxville from a different point of view. Spend the day out on the Tennessee River on a sightseeing, lunch, or even dinner cruise. Cruises are available each day and ideal for the entire family.
7. Rock Climbing
If you are an adventure seeker, Knoxville is the place to be. There are numerous rock climbing locations just a short distance from downtown Knoxville that are fun for all skill levels and ages. The ijams Crag is a popular destination and offers bolted routes that are perfect for beginners to the sport.
8. Water Activities
Within miles of Knoxville lie nine reservoir lakes including Douglas Lake, Norris Lake, Cherokee Lake, and Tellico Lake. There are also nearly a dozen rivers nearby to enjoy fishing, kayaking, and paddling. You can easily spend the weekend enjoying your favorite water activity or trying something new. At the Knoxville Adventure Center, you can rent a variety of equipment including kayaks, paddle boards, bikes and more to make these activities even more memorable.
Don’t spend the weekend cooped up inside. Instead, enjoy a little sunshine and a lot of outdoor excitement in Knoxville!