Knoxville, TN

Forks of the River Wildlife Area & Quarry Trails


Just east of downtown and on the south side of the Tennessee River, a series of several parks, preserves, and quarries offer many miles of scenic trails for running. The centerpiece is the Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area, which has 50 miles of natural trails and gravel roads winding through fields and woods. The area is also famous for its 70 acres of sunflower fields, which bloom in July. A popular route is the 6.5 mile Perimeter Trail. TRAIL MAP The paved Will Skelton Greenway binds these areas, running for 3.5 miles from Island Home Park, connecting to Ijams Nature Center and Forks of the River WMA.

Just west of Forks of the River WMA is the Ijams Nature Center, an urban park with 10 miles of trails passing wetlands & rock formations. This area also includes trails around Ross Marble Quarry and Meads Quarry.

Just south of there, continue to Marie Myers Park, and the William Hastie Natural Area, which has 3.5 miles of more rugged, wooded running trails.



  • Many miles of trails
  • Some of the terrain is hilly
  • Parking area at southern end of Forks of the River WMA off Burnett Creek Rd.