DAY RIDE IN KNOXVILLE, TN

On Thursday, July 28th, we took another Day Ride to enjoy some of the sites around Knoxville.

We took off from our home at 10:30 with our textile jackets packed (in case of rain) and cameras at the ready.Jeff kicks off the day in this video:

We left our home in North Knoxville and headed toward downtown, stopping in the Old City.

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In the Old City, Knoxville, TN.

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The old Sullivan’s being renovated in the Old City

We rode through the Old City and headed toward the World’s Fair Park.

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We rode by the Knoxville Museum of Art. Wonder if they’ll have another vintage motorcycle exposition? Hope so!

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There’s the Sunsphere. The observation deck is open to visitors.

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Looking toward the Amphitheater from the Sunsphere.

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Then we rode to the Veteran’s Memorial just down from the Sunsphere. Kids are playing in the water fountain up ahead in the photo.

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A very impressive memorial. Worth taking the time to visit.

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East Tennessee has a long history of service.

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View of the L&N Station adjacent to the Memorial.

After leaving the World’s Fair Site, we traveled down Cumberland Avenue and turned into the University of Tennessee campus.

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The campus is busy even during the summer months.

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There’s Neyland Stadium on UT campus.

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Close of up Neyland Stadium entrance.

Then we went to visit the Pat Summitt memorial.

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Pat’s statue is very impressive.

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More information about the statue.

It was nearing noon and we were ready for lunch. We headed for the riverfront to eat at Calhoun’s.

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Calhoun’s on the river, just below downtown Knoxville.

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Inside Calhoun’s.

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Nice view of the river from inside Calhoun’s.

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I ordered a scrumptious chicken salad sandwich.

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And Jeff got a fabulous hamburger.

The food and service at Calhoun’s is always top notch! It’s a great place to enjoy a leisurely lunch while watching the world float by on the Tennessee River.

After lunch, we decided to enjoy the Volunteer Landing Park.

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View of the deck on Calhoun’s with the Gay Street bridge in the distance.

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Public restrooms are available here.

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View of the Henley Street Bridge.

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Another view of the Gay Street bridge with the clouds rolling in.

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Bicyclists and runners enjoy Volunteer Landing Park, part of the Greenway.

You can find out more information about how Volunteer Landing connects with the Greenway HERE.

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Several historic markers are along the walkways.

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We continued to walk. That’s Neyland Stadium in the distance.

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Another historic marker about the Tennessee River.

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Star of Knoxville River Boat.

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Another view of the Star of Knoxville.

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Cherokee Memorial on the Volunteer Landing.

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Information about the statue.

After leaving the Volunteer Landing, we headed south toward Ijams Nature Center just outside of downtown Knoxville.

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Just a couple of miles from downtown!

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You can plug in your electric car here.

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Original home site of HP Ijams.

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H.P. Ijams was a birder.

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Alice Ijams was a horticulturist.

There is so much more to see at Ijams Nature Center and we only showed you the outskirts accessible by road. The Center was hopping with folks enjoying the Nature Center and hiking the trails. From the Ijams website:

Come visit us and find out why people love Ijams so much! Ijams is a wild place filled with rocks, rivers, trees, trails, owls and salamanders. Visitors of all ages and ability can hike, bike, paddle, stroll, learn or simply enjoy the day. Ijams is a sanctuary for all visitors to learn and connect with the natural world and be made better by that connection – a place where living with the earth and caring for the earth become one and the same.

You can find out more information about Ijams by CLICKING HERE.

We left the Ijams Nature Center and continue south on Island Home. Less than a mile or two we turned left into the parking lot of Mead Quarry, a continuation of Ijams park- yet another gem in the heart of Knoxville.

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Lots to do and see at the Quarries.

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A map of Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness.

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We hiked briefly up the Ross Marble trail before turning around to come back toward the parking lot.

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Ever wondered about that bumper sticker ‘Keep Knoxville Scruffy’? We’ll here’s the explanation.

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River Sports mans the opening to Mead Quarry.

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View of the quarry.

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You can see the swimming area to the right.

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So much to do and see here! We’ll definitely return.

After leaving Mead Quarry, we got onto Chapman Highway and checked out the Fort Dickerson Park. From the Outdoor Knoxville website:

One of the best-preserved earthen forts from the Civil War era rests on a knob just across the river from downtown. Fort Dickerson Park is home to one of 16 earthen forts and battery positions that protected the City of Knoxville during the Civil War days. From this high vantage point, looking to the north, you can span a full view of the city stretching to the high ridges beyond Fountain City, while the southern view highlights the foothills and high peaks of the Great Smoky Mountains. The overlook peers across the placid turquoise waters that pool in the 350-foot deep quarry. There are 2 shelters for enjoying a picnic after walking the interactive trail around the fort which includes 3 authentic replica cannons.

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We parked in the top parking lot to access the overlook.

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350 foot deep! Beautiful.

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Leaving the overlook.

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We rode up to the Fort Dickerson parking lot.

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A lot of history here.

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Always enjoy seeing a ‘You are Here’ map.

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Grounds of the fort.

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Jeff checks out the cannon.

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That’s a huge rifle!

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Wow!

From the Outdoor Knoxville website:

Fort Dickerson Park is part of the 1,000-acre Knoxville Urban Wilderness Corridor championed by Legacy Parks Foundation. We invite you to become a Friend of Legacy Parks where your donations help us build trails and expand this unique urban playground! Teamed up with Ijams, AMBC, TWRA along with the City and County of Knoxville, we are developing the 1,000-acre Urban Wilderness Corridor, that when completed, will connect ten parks, feature thirty miles of recreational trails, three civil war forts, historic settlement sites, and diverse ecological features and recreational amenities. Keep your donations coming and help us continue to grow Knoxville’s uniquely urban playground!

We left Fort Dickerson Park and headed back toward downtown. Just up Summit Hill Drive, we ran into Morningside Park and Haley Heritage Square.

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Jeff standing next to the statue of Alex Haley.

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This was dedicated in 1998 and is still nicely maintained.

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A beautiful playground for kids just adjacent to the statue.

Find out more about the Alex Haley Heritage Square by CLICKING HERE.

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View of Morningside Park just across from the Square.

Find out more about Morningside Park by CLICKING HERE.

It was nearing 3pm and even though we hadn’t logged many miles, we were getting tired from all the walking and gawking. So we decided to make one last stop before heading home.

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The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

Although we didn’t have time to go inside the museum, we have visited it in the past and highly recommend it. You can visit the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame website by CLICKING HERE.

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View of downtown Knoxville just across from the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

We got back on our bikes and headed toward our home in North Knoxville. A few drops of rain dogged us as we rode down Broadway but fortunately, we made it in before the storm hit.

Jeff wraps up the day in this video:

You can see our entire list of DAY RIDES by CLICKING HERE.

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