A great Knox County, Tennessee park

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Shoreline New Hampshire & Maine

Knox County has several great parks but my new favorite which I visited for the first time today is the Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge in east Knox County along the French Broad River.

Located just about 15 minutes from downtown Knoxville, this 360 acres of unspoiled landscapes is a great respite from the regular world.

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In addition to the six miles or so of great hiking trails and about two miles of paved road that's closed to traffic; there are 4 miles of river frontage along the French Broad River.

Lots of Canoests and kayakers put in here at the boat launch ramp and go downriver to Knoxville about 19 miles by water. The French Broad and Holston Rivers meet in east Knox County to form the Tennessee River which flows through downtown Knoxville.

The nice wide trails are cut through the fields and there's plenty of room to walk 2 abreast with a hiking companion.

Super trails crosscross Seven Islands. This is the Overlook Trail with great river and Smoky Mountains views


This spectacular view is overlooking the pastoral river bottom land, the River, and the Great Smoky Mountains in the distance.

river and mountain views from the Overlook Trail


My wife Charlotte is an avid birdwatcher; she's on the lookout for some feathered friends here.


charlotte looking for birds to watch at Seven Islands

Below is another view from the Overlook Trail with some of the pastoral river bottom along the river. This bottom land used to grow hay and tobacco. In recent years about 280 acres have been sown with native warm weather grasses to encourage wildlife to use it as a habitat.

River bottom and mt views from Seven islands

On the next pretty day head on out to Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge and get away from the hustle and bustles for a few hours; it'll do you good and you'll return refreshed.

If you would like to live in a great area with parks, rivers, lakes, and moutains in or near your backyard visit KnoxvilleHomeCenter.com to see what we have to offer in housing.

Posted by

Jim Lee , REALTOR®, Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)

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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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This is a really nice Localism post, Jim. Great place to know about and terrific pictures for folks who enjoy being outdoors and being on the lake. Thank goodness places like this have been preserved.


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