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  1. Think You Could Paddle Tennessee?

    Randy Whorton, Director of the nonprofit Wild Trails, did just that.

  2. A Weekend in the Wild at Slickrock Creek

    Remote, challenging, and worth the effort—take a day or two to experience solitude in the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness.

  3. 10 (More) Amazing Hikes in the Smokies

    The Smoky Mountains are the cure for the itch to be outside, to explore and to find adventures.

  4. Bikes and Brews: A Guide to North Knoxville's Growing Brewery Scene

    Hop on a bike and discover Knoxville’s craft beer epicenter.

  5. A taste of the Barkley: 10 miles through Frozen Head State Park

    While it may be strenuous, you don’t have to be an ultramarathoner the enjoy the wonders and solitude of East Tennessee's Frozen Head State Park.

  6. 10 Best Climbing Trips Within Three Hours of Knoxville

    Tennessee has a high concentration of quality sandstone that is hard to find anywhere else, and the variety of climbs here means there is literally something for every level and every style of climber.

  7. A Grand Introduction to Knoxville’s Great Outdoors

    Everything you need to know about the outdoor scene in Knoxville, whether you are a visitor, new local, or have been around for years.

  8. An Insider's Guide to the Obed River

    This 45-mile segment of the Obed drains much of the Cumberland Plateau and is the only designated wild and scenic river in Tennessee. It's also one of the last free-flowing river systems in the eastern United States.

  9. Knoxville’s Top 6 City Parks (and What to Do in Each)

    Home to no fewer than 83 public parks, preserves and municipal golf courses within its city limits, Knoxville is a fantastic place to get out in the sun (or rain, or even occasional snow, for that matter)

  10. 24 Hours of Exploration: The Ultimate Adventure Day in Knoxville

    How to pack the maximum amount of adventure into 24 hours in the city of Knoxville.

  11. 6 Ways to Get Outdoors During a Football Weekend in Knoxville

    Neyland Stadium isn’t the only attraction worth seeing on a gameday weekend in Knoxville.

  12. 6 Reasons Why Knoxville is an Awesome City for Outdoor Lovers

    From the 50 miles of trails at the Urban Wilderness to the 85 miles of paved greenways along the city’s rivers and ridges, Knoxville, Tennessee is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream.

  13. 6 Best Places to Mountain Bike Near Knoxville

    Knoxville has a variety of singletrack and doubletrack trails, and vary from short, smooth, and easy riding to the exact opposite — which makes the city a great mountain biking destination regardless of skill level.

  14. 10 Best Places to Camp Near Knoxville

    Here are the 10 best places to camp within a few hours of town, from comfortable drive-in sites to overnight backpacking destinations that have to be experienced to be believed.

  15. Find Your Footing Along Sharp’s Ridge in Knoxville

    This spot in north Knoxville is known for its mountain biking prowess, but has some hidden surprises for casual hikers and trail runners, including some of the best views around.

  16. A 30-Mile Hike to 360-Degree Views at the Shuckstack Fire Tower

    A strenuous hike through the Smoky Mountains offers panoramic views and seclusion in the most visited national park in the country.

  17. A Food Guide to Knoxville in the Fall

    Knoxville is a great restaurant town, and there are just some of the standouts to look for this fall.

  18. Baker Creek Preserve: One of Knoxville's Best MTB Trails

    Newest addition to Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness offers something different for the whole family, on bike or on foot.

  19. Tour Guide Tips: What To Do in Knoxville With Visitors

    Friends and family visiting in town? Here, inspiration for what to do in Knoxville, from outdoorsy offerings to the best eats and drinks.

  20. The 6 Best Swimming Holes Near Knoxville

    Old quarries, tumbling cascades, and hidden spots all make for some great swimming holes near Knoxville. Grab your suit and check them out.

  21. Big Creek and Beyond: Exploring the East Smokies

    Waterfalls, rock formations, and epic hiking are just a few reasons to head east. Here's how to explore Big Creek in the East Smokies.

  22. Hiking Honey Creek Loop: Boulder Houses, Caves, and Climbing

    It's just a 5.6-mile trail, but this East TN stunner is one not to miss. Here, insider tips on hiking Honey Creek Loop (without getting lost).

  23. Centennial Challenge: Hike 100 Miles of Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains

    For excellent inspiration to hit the trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, check out the Centennial Challenge.

  24. Hubris in the Highlands: Unexpected Obstacles on the Appalachian Trail

    No matter how well you plan, a long trip on the Appalachian Trail brings ups and downs that can humble even the most-seasoned adventurer.

  25. Knoxville's 11 Best Swimming Holes

    From mountain streams to gorgeous lakes, Knoxville is loaded with awesome places to go swimming in a natural setting. You can make the short drive to the Smokies to take a refreshing dip at the base of a waterfall, or you can stay within city limits...

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