Bear with me, y’all because there are going to be a LOT of pictures in this post.
Emily and I have walked on the Forks of the River trails five times, because there is a lot of territory to cover and also because we didn’t plan very well for the task of completing all the trails with the least repetition. But I can’t say I’m sorry, because we’ve had the opportunity to explore the place in Spring, Summer, and Fall.
There are wildflowers throughout the Urban Wilderness, but Forks of the River takes the prize no matter the season.
But even in late fall, there is plenty of color!
This area can also not be matched for its variety. You can walk through meadows or in the woods. Some paths are flat, but along the river bluff there are challenging climbs.
Also of note are the beautiful views:
As always, I encountered a few mysteries while walking here. For example, it looks like this area was lived in at some point, judging by some plants you’d expect to find in someone’s garden:
At first, I thought this cactus must have been cultivated as well. But it turns out that prickly pear cactus is native to East Tennessee:
Now that we’ve hiked almost every trail in the Wilderness, I can tell you that this area is my favorite. It’s definitely where I would recommend you start if you are interested in exploring these trails.
I’ll miss hiking here as we move on to another walking adventure but I’m sure I’ll be back!
For more on walking in South Knoxville, see below: