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The city of Knoxville is becoming a nature-lovers paradise as it continues to launch more public projects to increase the number of acres dedicated to preserving the land. Visitors to Knoxville will find 81 parks within the city limits, and the surrounding area features world-famous outdoor attractions, like the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, or – slightly more under the radar-- the Cumberland Gap National Historic Park.
The city of Knoxville's most iconic park is the World's Fair Park, home to an amphitheater, Sunsphere, and giant, playful water fountains. There's always something going on down at Ijams Nature Center, part of Knoxville's Urban Wilderness, a 1,000-acre park system with plenty of trails. Pet lovers can bring their dogs to Concord Park, one of many pet-friendly parks that are great for human's too! Visitors can take a stroll along the waterfront at Volunteer Landing, or for another scenic vista, head to Sharp's Ridge around sunset for some unbelievable photo opportunities.
For a weekend break out of the city (without quite as many crowds), Big Ridge State Park and the Cherokee National Forest are two alternatives to the big-name national parks. Mountain biking, hiking, swimming, tennis, golf and wildlife viewing are just a few of the many activities available in and around Knoxville.
So, pack the picnic basket and head to one of these top 10 parks in the Knoxville area.