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#3054806 - 11/29/12 10:02 AM Knoxville Hiking
Travis G.
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I live in west knoxville. Can anyone recommend a good day hike. I would not like to drive all the way to the smokies if I can help it, so preferably within 45 min drive.
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#3055230 - 11/29/12 02:25 PM Re: Knoxville Hiking [Re: Travis G.]
Brisco Darlin
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might be a little longer drive but frozen head has some great hiking trials. Ijams nature center. UT forestry arboretum in oak ridge. House Mountain in knoxville.
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#3055367 - 11/29/12 03:59 PM Re: Knoxville Hiking [Re: Brisco Darlin]
Travis G.
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Thats a good start thanks for the ideas.
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#3056317 - 11/30/12 07:33 AM Re: Knoxville Hiking [Re: Travis G.]
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Haw Ridge, Norris Watershed, I.C. King Park, just to name a few more. Check out the Outdoor Knoxville website for some more ideas.

http://www.outdoorknoxville.com/places/trails

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#3056324 - 11/30/12 07:37 AM Re: Knoxville Hiking [Re: Buzzard Breath]
BlountArrow
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I.C. King Park? Just watch the corn hole.
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#3056347 - 11/30/12 07:50 AM Re: Knoxville Hiking [Re: BlountArrow]
Buzzard Breath
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 Originally Posted By: BlountArrow
I.C. King Park? Just watch the corn hole.

You don't want to be caught there with your pants down. They are some awesome trails to run though.

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#3056409 - 11/30/12 08:28 AM Re: Knoxville Hiking [Re: Buzzard Breath]
Brisco Darlin
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 Originally Posted By: buzz mcmanus
Haw Ridge, Norris Watershed, I.C. King Park, just to name a few more. Check out the Outdoor Knoxville website for some more ideas.

http://www.outdoorknoxville.com/places/trails
how did i forget norris. It does have some good places.
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#3057279 - 11/30/12 05:56 PM Re: Knoxville Hiking [Re: Brisco Darlin]
Travis G.
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Thats a good website. thanks for the link
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#3057819 - 12/01/12 05:33 AM Re: Knoxville Hiking [Re: Travis G.]
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house mountain towards blaine
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#3057822 - 12/01/12 05:35 AM Re: Knoxville Hiking [Re: mike243]
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HOUSE MOUNTAIN CLASS I SCENIC-RECREATIONAL STATE NATURAL AREA





House Mountain is a 500-acre natural area located in Knox County approximately eight miles from Knoxville. It is cooperatively managed under a lease agreement with the State by the Knox County Department of Parks and Recreation. The 2,100-foot crest of House Mountain provides significant vistas where visitors may scan the parallel ranges of the Unakas and Cumberlands some 30 miles away, or look northeast at the adjacent Clinch Mountain, and across the valley where the Trail of the Lonesome Pine may some day lead north into Virginia.


Before erosion by Big Flat Creek, the gently dipping bedrock layers underlying House Mountain once extended to Clinch Mountain, whose base lies approximately two and half miles to the northeast. The bedrock structure represents a large synclinal fold that formed during the Appalachian mountain building event called the Alleghenian Orogeny. Folding and faulting of the bedrock occurred approximately 250 million years ago when tectonic plate motions caused the collision between North America and Africa. Through geologic time, dissolution and erosion has separated House Mountain from its larger parent. It is one of the best observable examples of geologic change that shaped the Ridge and Valley of East Tennessee.


The steep slopes of House Mountain are heavily wooded and possess a unique combination of scenic views, rock outcrops, and a variety of bird and plant life. This is a rare combination of scenic and ecological values near a metropolitan area. Great sandstone boulders, encrusted with lichens, crown the western rim where rock outcropping support chestnut oak and Virginia, pitch, and table mountain pine. Mountain laurel, huckleberry, partridgeberry, trailing arbutus, and other flowering plants adapted to dry sandstone outcropping are found along the crest. A chestnut oak forest extends down slope where at lower elevations soil conditions associated with limestone, moister deeper soils, and north-facing slopes support a forest of sugar maple, tulip poplar, ash, buckeye, and other mesophytic species. This moister habitat favors the greatest density and diversity of spring wildflowers.


House Mountain is a favorite place for birdwatchers. Migrating hawks and warblers can be observed from the mountain. Ruffed grouse, pileated woodpeckers, scarlet tanagers, wild turkeys, and more than one hundred additional species of birds have been observed on the mountain. House Mountain is drained by several unnamed tributaries of Roseberry Creek and by Hogskin and Brice Branches, which divide it from the 1,500 feet high McAnnally Ridge, which lies to the east and south. Unfortunately, past disturbances and House Mountain’s close proximately to Knoxville have resulted in serious management concerns caused by invasive exotic pest plants.


SITE MANAGEMENT:

Knox County Department of Parks and Recreation, 2447 Sutherland Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37919, phone (865) 215-6600; Division of Natural Areas, 401 Church Street, 7th Floor L&C Annex, Nashville, TN 37243, phone (615) 532-0431; Division of Natural Areas – East TN office, 3711 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, TN 37921, phone (865) 594-5601.
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