Appalachian Mountain Bike Club provided over 1300 man hours for the layout and construction of trails in Hastie Natural Area. 3.5 miles of bike trails were developed for the 75-acre park. From there, AMBC worked with the City of Knoxville, Knox County, Ijams Nature Center, TWRA, Legacy Parks Foundation, The Aslan Foundation, and numerous private land owners to develop approximately 35 miles of multi-use natural surface trails at Baker Creek Preserve, Forks of the River WMA, Fort Dickerson Park, Ijams/Ross Marble Quarry, Hastie Natural Area and on private land in south Knox County.
While there are numerous trailheads to drop in to the Urban Wilderness, the largest parking lot can be found at Mead’s Quarry, where you’ll find a kiosk with a map of all connected trail systems and routes.
- Distance: 39 miles, including the 12.5-mile South Loop
- When to ride: Predominantly dry conditions
- After the ride: Alliance Brewing, South Coast Pizza, Three Bears Coffee, Trailhead Beer Market
Look for the Urban Wilderness logo blaze on South Loop trails, which highlight all the parks in the Urban Wilderness corridor along a 12.5-mile loop.