Today we officially acknowledge the value and significance of our public lands from all across the country down to right here in Knoxville. We are incredibly lucky to live in a city that makes public lands a priority, with more than 248 parks, trails and greenways to enjoy year-round, all within the Knox County line.
Legacy Parks Foundation takes the charge for our community to ensure we have access to quality public lands for generations to come. We have raised more than $8 million to support our public lands and worked to add more than 500 acres to our parks, bringing you places such as Seven Islands’ South Shore, several dog parks around town, and Baker Creek Preserve.
If you want to participate in a super-local event this morning to celebrate our public lands, head out to the “Hike and Help” event at the beautiful Seven Islands State Birding Park, just 20 minutes east of downtown. The group will hike to a secluded corner of the peninsula park along the French Broad River to remove invasive plants and do light trail maintenance. Everyone is invited for this one-mile trek and service project to help maintain Tennessee’s first and only state birding park.
If you’d like to branch out a little farther, you may still have time to hit the road and join in on one of these National Public Lands Day events in the surrounding areas:
- Trail Maintenance, lunch, and mountain bike riding at Loyston Point (all day event)
- Big Ridge State Park history and culture hike (in the afternoon)
- Tree clearing at Frozen Head State Park
- Cleanup at Norris Dam State Park
- Big South Fork hike and trash pickup
- A hike, service project and mountain bike ride at Panther Creek State Park
You’ll find more information about these events and lots of others that utilize our public lands at OutdoorKnoxville.com, which is a resource provided by Legacy Parks Foundation. Legacy Parks has also been working for more than 10 years now to help conserve, create and connect East Tennessee’s public lands to make this area an even better place to live, work and play.
Leave your own legacy for our public lands this National Public Lands Day by becoming a Friend of Legacy Parks!