Where to Run

 

Whether you're new in town, just visiting, or a lifelong resident, you'll find more than enough running locations to keep from getting bored.

Greenways

Citizens and civic leaders have made greenways a priority in Knoxville and Knox County. Nearby Blount County and Oak Ridge also boast impressive greenways systems.

City of Knoxville
Knox County
Urban Wilderness Corridor
Knox Greenways Coalition
Maryville/Alcoa Greenway
Greenways in Oak Ridge

Trails & Off-road Venues

We've compiled a list of the most popular local trail running venues on the trail running page. However, that doesn't cover the seemingly endless supply of trails less than an hour from Knoxville in places like the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Big South Fork NRR or one of our many State Parks.

Tracks

Many local high school tracks are open to the public. We are also fortunate to have the University of Tennessee's Tom Black Track. It is open to the public except during events and when in use by the University teams.

Top Running Locations

Cherokee Blvd in Sequoyah Hills

Perhaps the most popular place to run in Knoxville, "The Boulevard" offers a 2.6 mile crushed stone path wandering along median in one of Knoxville's grandest neighborhoods. You'll be treated with views of the Tennessee River, lush landscaping, and a variety of magnificent homes as well as a few hills. A drinking fountain is located near the parking lot at the western end (seasonal) along with a few portable toilets. A connector trail across Kingston Pike from the Boulevard's eastern end leads down to the Third Creek system.

Maps & information

Third Creek Greenway

Built in the 1970's, the original "Third Creek Bike Trail" ran from the student apartments only to Painter Avenue, yet was known and loved by runners throughout Knoxville. With its extension in 1992 the trail was extended all the way to Neyland Drive. Following the murky waters of the creek, the greenway offers protection from the blazing suns of summer as it meanders first west-east, then north-south, much of its route bisecting an old and diverse urban forest. In 2006 a bold initiative rerouted the creek itself and re-landscaped some of the western end of the greenway, resulting in more open and attractive surroundings. In 2007 the Bearden Extension added more than a mile to the trail system.

Maps & information

Tom Black Track

A world class facility that is open to the public much of the time, the eight-lane state of the art surface offers both an opportunity to test oneself against the constant 400-meter oval as well as a chance to run on a flat soft surface, perhaps to rehabilitate a running injury. Bathrooms and drinking fountains are generally available at the northwest end of the track.

Maryville/Alcoa Greenway

Residents of Alcoa and Maryville are blessed with a wonderful nine-mile greenway system that runs in a generally north-south direction through the two cities. More rural as it winds south from its origin at a 1.5 mile loop trail within Springbrook Park in Alcoa, the greenbelt works its way into downtown Maryville and the Bicentennial Greenbelt Park. From there the character is more suburban as it follows Pistol Creek past Sandy Springs Park, eventually terminating at Foothills Elementary School. The entire trail is lit at night, with numerous water fountains available throughout and restrooms near the midpoint.

Maps & information

Lakeshore Greenway

Following the old route of the University of Tennessee Cross County course, the 2.2 mile asphalt loop circles 60-acre Lakeshore Park. A number of challenging hills await the runner, whichever direction is chosen, as the trail makes its way up and down, then alongside the Tennessee River. Bathrooms and water fountains are generally available near the baseball fields at the southern edge of the complex.

Maps & information

Neyland & James White Greenways (and beyond)

Following the banks of the Tennessee River from the University Faculty Club at its current western terminus, the Neyland Greenway traverses three miles, offering views of the river and the high, rocky bluffs on the far side. Intersecting with the southern end of the Third Creek Greenway, this greenway, built in the 1990's, continues eastward, eventually coming to Volunteer Landing, where it formerly ended. Now, however, the City of Knoxville has continued eastward with the James White Greenway, running another mile to McWherter Park underneath the South Knoxville Bridge. From there a connection can be made to the Morningside Greenway in East Knoxville, and future plans call for extension of this system all the way across the river to the Will Skelton Greenway in the Island Home neighborhood. From the western end of the Neyland Greenway, plans are even more exciting, as the Knox-Blount Greenway, already under construction, will extend all the way to Springbrook Park and the Alcoa-Maryville Greenway, at that time offering more than thirty miles of non-stop greenway enjoyment.

Maps & information

Ijams Nature Center & Will Skelton Greenways

Running east and west from the main entrance to Ijams Nature Center, the Will Skelton Greenway, named for the man who has done more than anyone to actualize the bold vision of greenways throughout Knoxville and Knox County, runs 3.6 miles from its Western end in Island Home Park to its Eastern terminus high on a bluff overlooking the French Broad River. Much of the trail runs alongside the river, traversing a tall riverside forest, while toward the eastern end it runs through the flora and fauna of the Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area. Restrooms are available at Ijams during normal hours of operation, and a water fountain stands outside the nature center.

Ijams website
Greenway Maps & information

Farragut Greenways (Parkside, Grigsby Chapel, Campbell Station & Turkey Creek)

Least attractive of the four, the Parkside Greenway runs east-west between the interstate and the unsightly mega-shopping development. Its eastern end, adjacent to the MacDonalds on Lovell Road, bisects a nice (though controversial) wetland area. The development and ownership of this greenway is ambiguous at present, but it is hoped that in the near future the connections and maintenance issues will be ironed out. The Grigsby Chapel Greenway runs east-west through condos and homes, climbing at least one serious hill en route, and connects with the Campbell Station Greenway, which runs south, beginning in the woods paralleling Campbell Station Road, running past the library to Campbell Station Park, where the trail terminates atop a lovely hill. The Turkey Creek Greenway, nowhere near the glitz and neon blur of the mall, runs north and west from Anchor Park on Turkey Creek Road, with nice views of the water and nearby hillsides.

West Hills Greenways (Jean Teague, Cavet Station, & Ten-Mile Creek)

Residents of the West Hills area of Knoxville can combine several small greenways into routes of considerable distance. The Jean Teague Greenway, eldest of the West Knoxville greenways, was built in the mid-1990's and runs from West Hills Elementary School through parkland below the West Hills YMCA, continuing westward to what is hopefully a temporary terminus in a church parking lot. From there, however, the creative runner can connect to more greenway trails by using a quarter-mile of relatively low-traffic roadway (Walker Springs Lane), arriving at the southern end of the Cavet Station Greenway. Cavet Station runs northward more than a mile along Gallaher View Road. Near the intersection of Gallaher and Walker Springs Road, however, a new trail junction darts left through a tunnel to begin a connector trail to Knox County's Ten-Mile Creek Greenway. This greenway roughly parallels the creek itself as it goes west, intersecting a spur trail up to Walker Springs Park, or continuing on its westward route to Bridgewater Road. At that point a brand new trail continues across Bridgewater through the woods to a parking area near Regal Cinemas. Future construction plans take it from there south to Kingston Pike.

Jean Teague Greenway
Cavet Station Greenway
Ten-Mile Creek Greenway