No vehicle Wednesdays are back at Cades Cove

Carol EvansBlount, Our Town Outdoors

Enjoy vehicle-free hiking or biking the Cades Coves Loop Road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park every Wednesday through September 28, from sunrise to sunset. No reservations or fees required. To find out more info go here or call 865-436-7318.

News from Legacy Parks

Legacy Parks’ intergenerational playground proposal was selected for a Phase I grant from the Trinity Health Foundation. The grant will be used over three months to research and design the play space, with the goal of receiving Phase 2 funding.

Designs for intergenerational playgrounds tend to include walking trails, wheelchair accessibility, interactive play structures, and, in many cases, low-impact fitness equipment – ellipticals, static bikes, body flexors – that promote muscle strength and cardiovascular activity.

At the heart of many intergenerational playgrounds is the social aspect of children working intimately with caregivers, parents, older children and grandparents as they gain confidence and coordination. The new playground is proposed for Beverly Park in north Knox County.

Go to to find other outdoor activities in the area. Submit your event to the calendar here.

Carol Evans is executive director of Legacy Parks Foundation.

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