Wood Family Donates 100 Acres Of Property To Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - by Amanda Stravinsky

Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness expanded by 100 acres with a donation of future trail and parkland by the Wood family.

The property was originally purchased by Pat Wood, a Knoxville real estate developer and civic leader.

The property, on Taylor Road off Sevierville Pike in South Knoxville, will provide a key connection between the existing parks and trails with the Urban Wilderness’ South Loop Trail System and South Doyle Middle School and its Outdoor Classroom. It will also connect additional neighborhoods into the system and provide a 1.5-mile introductory mountain bike trail designed for riders of all ages. 

The plans for the property call for a variety of trails and features to accommodate a variety of users. It will include a one-mile beginner bike trail, 3.5 miles of mixed-use trails, with two overlooks, a skills/play area and three creek-crossing structures.

Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness is 1,000 forested acres along Knoxville’s downtown waterfront that includes ten parks, more than forty miles of recreational trails, four civil war sites, incredible views and unparalleled natural features. 

The South Loop Trail System on the east end of the Urban Wilderness opened last August with 42 miles of multi-use trail and a continuous 12-mile loop through public and private land. The Battlefield Loop on the west end of the Urban Wilderness will connect three Civil War forts and a battle site into an historic loop that will ultimately be connected to the South Loop and other parks through trails, greenways and sidewalks.

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