Register Now for Outdoor Knoxfest ’12!

Friday, August 24 – Sunday August 26

A three-day urban adventure packed with events and activities for the avid adventurer, weekend warrior, novice outdoor enthusiast and anyone who loves to Get out and play!

The event benefits Legacy Parks Foundation, a Knoxville-based non-profit working to expand and promote outdoor recreational venues and opportunities throughout East Tennessee.

Weekend Event Lineup

Pickel Road Ride – Saturday 8 AM

In honor of Harry Pickel, famous for his friendly greetings to those that rode past his store on Thorngrove Pike, the Smoky Mountain Wheelmen Bicycle Club has designed a scenic 40- mile ride to highlight East Knox County. The route skirts the French Broad River as it winds past pastoral farmland and tranquil woods. Register at active.com or by mail.

Urban Adventure Race – Saturday 9 AM

The Urban Adventure Race offers a 6-8 hour challenging course for teams of three who will bike, run, paddle, swim, orienteer and face a few surprises as they maneuver a unique course in and around downtown Knoxville and the Knoxville Urban Wilderness. Pre-registration required. Race is limited to 250 participants. Register at active.com or by mail.

History Hike – Saturday 9 AM

Former Olympian Missy Kane, along with one of our prominent local historians, will be leading a 3-mile hike on the trails at Fort Dickerson Park. Come discover this hidden gem in the heart of Knoxville. Register at the Covenant all center at 865-541-4500.

Get Out & Play Activities – Saturday 10-4

Knoxville’s waterfront will be the scene for a mix of outdoor activities! this is a great time to try out sport climbing on the climbing wall or see why everyone’s excited about stand-up paddleboards. There will be challenges for kids of all ages — come enjoy the outdoors!

Urban Trail Race – Sunday 9 AM

Start Sunday morning with a 4-mile trail run lead by the Knoxville Track Club. Park at Ijams Nature Center and make your way down to the new trails at the Meads Quarry — a perfect start for the day’s adventures. Walkers are welcome. Register at active.com or by mail.

TBRA Point Series Mountain Bike Time Trial – Sunday 11 AM

Test your mountain bike skills and endurance on the new Urban Wilderness South Loop trails. The 10+ mile singletrack loop designed by the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club starts at Meads Quarry. Register at active.com or by mail.

Legacy Leisure Bike Ride – Sunday 2 PM

Enjoy a part road/part greenway ride to Ijams Nature Center and back. Mast General Store and the Smoky Mountain Wheelmen will lead a group of riders from downtown Market Square to Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness and back. The 12-mile ride will be at a social pace perfect for enjoying the scenery along the way. Register at the Covenant call center at 865-541-4500.

Go for the Triple Crown!

We’ve designed a commemorative gift for those that take the challenge of completing all 3 races — urban adventure race (Saturday), urban trail race (Sunday morning) and the TBRA Mountain Bike time trail (Sunday late morning). register for all three events, enjoy a discounted entry fee and make the most of your Outdoor Knoxfest experience!

Download registration and schedule here »

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City and County Parks Team Up to Help You Get Out!

Knox County and the City of Knoxville Parks and Recreation departments are partnering with Legacy Parks Foundation to present the GetOut! series of activities to provide fun recreational activities that encourage healthy lifestyles while enjoying the natural resources of our area.  Activities are scheduled throughout the month of June for anyone interested in beginning or continuing biking, hiking, or paddling.

Bike rides, both on community greenways and mountain bike trails, hikes in community parks, and river paddles from both west Knox County and downtown locations are the types of activities scheduled.

A $10 donation to Legacy Parks Foundation is suggested for each activity, and registration is encouraged. (Registration for the river paddles is required, in order to plan for the correct number of boats.) Registration and general information is available by calling 541-4500, or on line at www.legacyparks.org.

Mountain Biking

Meet at Ijams Nature Center on June 22 at 6 p.m. to ride at Mead’s Quarry with the Appalachian Mountain Bike Association. Helmets are required. Check www.knoxvillecycling.com or www.ambc-sorba.org for more information. Some demo bikes will be on hand, but please bring your own bike if you have one.

The Appalachian Mountain Bike Club also leads rides at Hastie Park every Tuesday evening at 6:30, weather permitting. Meet in the parking lot of Anderson-South Head Start, 4808 Prospect Road.

Click here to download a full schedule of events.

Big South Fork Epic Weekend

AMBC will have a weekend-long camping/riding/trail work trip at Big South Fork on June 4-6. Come up Friday for an evening Grand Gap group ride and camp out. Saturday morning we’ll get up and spend a couple of hours doing trail maintenance; after lunch we’ll spend the rest of the day RIDING! More group rides will happen Sunday.

There will be groups for all levels of riders — nobody will miss out on a chance to ride some of East TN’s best trails.

We’ll post more information and updates here as the weekend draws nearer.