Come out and play!

Carol EvansGet Out & Play

A state park in Middle Tennessee is now offering an all-terrain wheelchair for outdoor lovers.
Tims Ford State Park says the wheelchair is accessible at most of the park’s trails. Those interested in using it are asked to reserve the wheelchair three days in advance to ensure it’s charged up. A liability waiver must also be signed ahead of use. The park is located at 570 Tims Ford Drive Winchester, Tennessee. Find more park info here.

Tims Ford all-terrain vehicle

Meanwhile, here are five outdoor events from the dozens listed in our Outdoor Knoxville calendar. These look like fun:

Friday, July 28

Island Kayak Paddle: 9:00 a.m., Fort Loudoun State Historic Park. Cost $20/personal kayak or $20/rental. Info: Fort Loudoun State Historic Park at 423-420-2331. Paddle around the island and enjoy beautiful scenery of Unicoi Mountains, trees, and waterfowl. Kayaks and kayak equipment available for rent; personal kayaks are welcomed. Register online.

Saturday, July 29

Wild Rose Women’s Triathlon and 5K: 7:30 a.m., Springbrook Pool. Info: Personal Best Racing at 865-567-0358. The Wild Rose Women’s Sprint Triathlon is a great beginner race or just a great race to celebrate being a woman and a triathlete. Register online.

Summer Tree Walk: 9:00 a.m., Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum. Cost: Free for members/$5 non-members. Info: Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum at 865-862-8717. Join Board Member & former KBGA staff, Dan Steinhoff, on a guided tour of KBGA’s unique & historic tree collection. Register online.

Sunday, July 30

Seven Islands Birding State Park Float: 12:30 p.m., Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center. Info: Knoxville Adventure Collective at 865-228-8424. Put in at Seven Island State Birding Park and take out at Cruze Landing, is the perfect stretch for beginner kayakers. It’s 5 miles with a combination of flatwater and easy shoals. Sunday and Thursday. Register online.

Full Moon Paddle: 8 p.m. Info: Knoxville Adventure Collective at 865-228-8424. Join us each month for our Full Moon and Beer Paddle sponsored by the good folks at Albright Grove Brewing. Experience the full moon rising from the river on your own stand-up paddleboard or kayak. This is a unique offering and creates lasting memories. Limited space available and advanced booking required. One delicious beer included thanks to Albright Grove Brewing. Register online.

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Carol Evans is executive director of Legacy Parks Foundation.


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