Experience Knoxville’s Outdoor Adventures At Outdoor Knoxfest

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - by Amanda Stravinsky

An outdoor adventure enthusiast or someone who simply loves all that nature has to offer can experience Knoxville from a bicycle seat, paddle board, canoe, trail, climbing wall and more during Outdoor KnoxFest, a three-day signature event of the Dogwood Arts Festival April 19-21 at the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center at Knoxville’s Volunteer Landing.

From guided trail rides, runs, hikes and paddles, the festival showcases Knoxville’s outdoor amenities with a special spotlight on the Urban Wilderness, a 1,000-acre urban playground only minutes from downtown. Most of the events are free and include the Urban Wilderness Trail Run, fly fishing classes, guided hikes, clinics and group paddle boarding trips.

Proceeds from the event benefit Legacy Parks Foundation, a Knoxville-based non-profit actively working to make East Tennessee a recreational destination of the Southeast. During the past five years Legacy Parks Foundation has raised more than $3 million for parks, greenways and recreational venues, added more than 200 acres of parkland to Knox County and helped protect nearly 1,000 acres of farm and forestland in East Tennessee.

For more information, visit outdoorknoxville.com.

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