Outdoor Knoxville Events Calendar: June 12-June 22

THURSDAY, JUNE 12

GET ON THE LOCAL TRAILS HIKE

Legacy Parks and Missy Kane of Covenant Health

8:45 am at Meads Quarry

Enjoy a 4-mile hike along the quarry’s Keyhole area then out Emery’s trail and over to Marie Myers Park. Optional longer version can continue or Burnett Ridge trail for a 6-7-mile hike.

FRIDAY, JUNE 13

CHOTA CANOE & KAYAK SCHOOL – JUNE 13-15

Chota Canoe & Kayak Club

5 pm at Adventures Unlimited in Ocoee

This is a great way to get started in paddling and to advance your skills if you are already boating. This years courses included: Beginner and Advanced Beginner instruction in whitewater kayak and canoe; intermediate instruction for kayak and canoe; and Kayak touring classes.

RELAY FOR LIFE – METRO KNOXVILLE

American Cancer Society

5 pm at World’s Fair Park

Benefitting the American Cancer Society, this non-competitive family-friendly walk will feature live entertainment and activities.

SATURDAY, JUNE 14

CHEROHALA CHALLENGE

Smoky Mountain Wheelmen Bicycle Club

7 am at Tellico Plains Visitor Center

Epic ride winds along the Tail of The Dragon snaking around 318 curves over an 11-mile span that climbs over 9,000 feet over 115 miles. Options include rides of 35, 62 and 115 miles will be fully SAG supported with well-stocked rest stops.

COVE LAKE 5K

Friends of Cove Lake State Park

8 am at Cove Lake State Park

5K course with a beautiful view of nature on paved trails through the woods and along the lake shore.

SAM’S CLUB RUN 4 KIDS 5K AND 1-MILE FUN WALK

Sam’s Club benefitting East TN Children’s Hospital

8 am at Victor Ashe Park

Run starts at 8am and 1 Mile Fun Walk will begin shortly after run!

WILDLIFE FLOAT, RANKIN WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA, DOUGLAS LAKE

Harvey Broome Group of the Sierra Club

Must pre-register for time and meeting location - ronaldshrieves@comcast.net

Explore backwaters accessible only by canoe or kayak and learn about wildlife that inhabits this wetland paradise. The float is suitable for paddlers with reasonable flat-water paddling skills.

KINGSTON OVERNIGHT RIVER CRUISE

NavCal River Rides

9 am at Star Landing

Two day, 170-mile bird/scenery watching overnight cruise from Knoxville to Kingston with double occupancy overnight stay and meals and snacks except dinner at Red Bones on the River.

LAKESHORE TRAIL TREK

Treadin’ Trodden Trails Series hosted by Knoxville Track Club

9 am at East Lakeshore Trail System

This is a delightful trail run that snakes along the east bank of what used to be the Little Tennessee River southeast of Lenoir City.

FATHER’S DAY FISHING

City of Knoxville Parks & Rec

4 pm at Victor Ashe Park

Free fishing for Dads and their kids! Catch a memory or two of fishing together on Fathers Day.

BARK IN THE PARK

Humane Society of the TN Valley

6 pm at Market Square

20th Annual Bark in the Park is a great dog-friendly event where dogs and their people can come together to celebrate dogs!

CONCERT AT THE COVE

Knox County Parks & Recreation

6 pm at the Cove at Concord Park

Free concert at the Cove features The Hitmen from 6-8pm. Enjoy an evening of fun entertainment for the whole family.

SUNDAY, JUNE 15

FORAGING CLASS

BigPig Outdoors

10 am at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Come join experienced foragers and learn to harvest nature’s abundance for your food, medicine, and crafts in the Foothills of the Smokies.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18

CLIMBING TECHNIQUE II

River Sports Outfitters

6 pm at River Sports Outfitters

Instructors will cover hold types, grips, friction, and body tension but you’ll also be given plenty of time to climb and practice.

THURSDAY, JUNE 19

GET ON THE LOCAL TRAILS HIKE

Legacy Parks and Missy Kane of Covenant Health

8:45 am at Meads Quarry

Enjoy a 4-mile hike along the quarry Key Hole area then out Emery’s trail and over to Marie Myers Park. Optional longer version can continue or Burnett Ridge trail for a 6-7-mile hike.

FRIDAY, JUNE 20

WAY OUT WEST FUR FEST

Smoky Mountain Dock Dogs

4 pm at Hardin Valley Animal Hospital

Does your dog like water and have a high toy drive? Enjoy three days of dock-diving fun. On Friday 4-6 pm, there will be “give DockDogs a try,” where you can try it out and see if your dog will jump off the dock. On Saturday SMDD host qualifying rounds of Big Air at 10, 12 and 2 and Extreme Vertical at 4. On Sunday they will host qualifying rounds of Big Air at 10 & 12 and Speed Retrieve at 2 with finals at the end of the day.

SATURDAY, JUNE 21

TELLICO SUMMER SOLSTICE HALF MARATHON & 5K RUNS

Endurance Sports Management

7 am at TVA Tellico Dam Recreation Area

Runs will be on area roads and park paths and includes runs of 13.1mi, 3.1mi & .4mi Kid’s to go along with the popular Tellico Sprint triathlon.

GOODWILL BASS TOURNAMENT

Ott DeFoe and Goodwill Industries-Knoxville

7 am at Douglas Lake Shady Grove Ramp

Cast your line and lure for the Second Annual Goodwill Bass Tournament The tournament will start at safe light and weigh-ins will begin at 3 p.m.

BACKPACK, MT. ROGERS NATIONAL RECREATION AREA, JEFFERSON NAT FOREST, VA

Harvey Broome Group of the Sierra Club

Must pre-register for time and meeting location - whshome@bellsouth.net

Mt. Rogers NRA and adjacent Grayson Highlands State Park, in southwest Virginia, make for one of the most scenic backpacking areas in the southeast, with huge open grassy meadows fringed by spruce trees and rhododendron bushes, usually flowering in June.

SALAMANDER YOUTH SPLASH & DASH

Race Day Events

8:30 am at Westside YMCA

Kids aquathlon (swim & run), consisting of a 100 yard swim/.8 mile run for 6-10 year olds, and a 200 yard swim/1.5 mile run for 11-15 year olds.

IJAMS RIVER BOARDWALK HIKE

TREK South

10 am at Meads Quarry

This hike goes around Toll Creek, through the forest, and then to a boardwalk along the Tennessee River where we will see a bat cave.

WAY OUT WEST FUR FEST

Smoky Mountain Dock Dogs

10 am at Hardin Valley Animal Hospital

Does your dog like water and have a high toy drive? Enjoy three days of dock-diving fun. On Friday 4-6 pm, there will be “give DockDogs a try,” where you can try it out and see if your dog will jump off the dock. On Saturday SMDD host qualifying rounds of Big Air at 10, 12 and 2 and Extreme Vertical at 4. On Sunday they will host qualifying rounds of Big Air at 10 & 12 and Speed Retrieve at 2 with finals at the end of the day.

SMOKY MOUNTAIN DOCKDOGS PRACTICE

Smoky Mountain DockDogs

12 pm at Wild Wings Cafe

Practice session at Wild Wings Cafe with a practice coach to help out. Participants must sign the waiver and then there will be a rotation. Every dog gets two jumps per turn, or if your dog is new, will get 2-3 minutes per turn with the coach.

SUNDAY, JUNE 22

WAY OUT WEST FUR FEST

Smoky Mountain Dock Dogs

10 am at Hardin Valley Animal Hospital

Does your dog like water and have a high toy drive? Enjoy three days of dock-diving fun. On Friday 4-6 pm, there will be “give DockDogs a try,” where you can try it out and see if your dog will jump off the dock. On Saturday SMDD host qualifying rounds of Big Air at 10, 12 and 2 and Extreme Vertical at 4. On Sunday they will host qualifying rounds of Big Air at 10 & 12 and Speed Retrieve at 2 with finals at the end of the day.

OAKES FARM SUMMER SOLSTICE 7K

Knoxville Track Club

6 pm at Oakes Farm in Corryton, TN

A beautiful and challenging cross-country course all on the 130 acre Oakes Farm in Corryton, TN with views of House Mountain and Clinch Mountain. The course is all off-road.

Weekly Events:

BICYCLES – ROAD RIDING

Sunday:

9 am at Cycology Bicycles

Intermediate 2.5-hour ride, pace around 16/19 mph

1 pm at Provision Health & Performance

Pace dictated by group. Check their Facebook Page for weekly updates, the course and if the ride will happen as scheduled.

Monday:

6 pm at Tennessee Valley Bicycles

Splits into 2 groups: “A” ride - 20-30 miles at 18-21 mph pace and “B” ride at 14-17 mph (no one gets dropped)

Tuesday:

9 am at French Memorial Park with Smoky Mountain Wheelmen Bicycle Club

Social road ride - distance and time depends on riders - no one gets dropped

9:30 am at Knoxville Bicycle Company

Social 24-mile ride depending on group

10:30 am at Cycology Bicycles

30-40 miles splits into 2 groups: intermediate pace at 14/17 and fast at 18/20 mph

5:45 pm at Fireworks Store on Hickory Creek Rd (1-40 exit 369) with Knox Revolution Women’s Cycling Club

20-mile ride divides into 2 Groups: 11-14mph and 15-18mph. Road bikes only

6:15 pm at Echelon Bicycles

30-35 miles at an 18/19 mph pace with regrouping

6:20 pm at Cedar Bluff Cycles

“A” Group rides 27-30 miles at a race pace of 22 mph

6:30 pm at Biketopia

25-32 mile options at an intermediate pace of 15/20 mph

Wednesday:

6 pm at West Bicycles

10-20 miles divides into three groups: “A” 18-20 mph, “B” 14-16 mph, and “C” beginner, no drop pace. Demo bikes available

6:15 pm at Echelon Bicycles (every other Wednesday)

15/17 mph for about 25 miles

Thursday:

9 am at French Memorial Park with Smoky Mountain Wheelmen Bicycle Club

Social road ride - distance and time depends on riders - no one gets dropped

10 am at Cycology Bicycles

Divides into 2 groups: Group “B” social pace 12/16 mph no one gets dropped; Group “A” is a 2-hour fast paced ride averaging 18/20 mph

6 pm at Fountain City Pedaler

Divides into groups covering all levels - 25-35 mile options, no drop. After ride: bring camp chair and something to grill with beverage of your choice.

6 pm at Coulter’s Bridge with Knox Revolution Women’s Cycling Club

Pace will be 10-14 mph (group C) route is 18-miles - no one gets dropped

6:15 pm at Echelon Bicycles

30-35 miles at an 18/19 mph pace with regrouping

6:15 pm at Bearden Bike & Trail

2 groups “A” 18-20 mph and “B” group 14-17 mph. Road bikes only. Back before dark

6:25 pm at Knoxville Bicycle Company

Average pace 19+ miles with 2 regroup points and sweeper

6:30 pm at Cedar Bluff Cycles

“B” Group rides at a fast pace of 19 mph

Friday:

5:30-7 pm at The Bike Zoo

Leisurely laps on Sequoyah Hills Blvd—no-drop. Join fellow riders at Bearden Beer Market afterward.

Saturday:

7 am at Echelon Bicycles

40-45 miles at a 19 mph pace

8:30 am at West Bicycles

30-60 miles divides into 2 groups: “A” at 18-20 mph and “B” 14-17 mph

8:45 am at Knoxville Bicycle Company

“A” group at 18/20 mph for 50+ miles

9:30 am at Cycology Bicycles

Women’s Road Ride and Clinic—learn group-riding skills and boost your confidence riding solo on the road.

9 am at Bearden Bike & Trail

Road ride at intermediate pace of 18-20 mph - 40-60 miles

9 am at the Bike Zoo

3 hour ride of 50+ miles at a fast pace of 18/20 mph

9 am at West Bicycles

30-60 miles divides into 2 groups – “A” at 18-20 mph and “B” 14-17 mph

9:15 am at Knoxville Bicycle Company

“B” group at 15/17 mph for 27.5 miles

10 am at Fountain City Pedaler

Around 35 miles at a social pace to House Mountain area

BICYCLES – GREENWAY RIDES

Sunday:

3 pm at Elza Gate Park at 101 Oak Ridge Turnpike with Knox Revolution Women’s Cycling Club

True Beginner Greenway Ride!

Monday:

5pm meets behind Old Blount County Courthouse with Cycology Bicycles

Casual Maryville Greenway Ride - all levels, social pace

Tuesday:

6 pm at Bearden Bike & Trail

Third Creek Greenway ride – divides into 2 groups to go 14-20 miles - no drop

6 pm at West Bicycles

Casual Farragut Greenway Ride - all levels, social pace

Thursday:

5pm meets behind Old Blount County Courthouse with Cycology Bicycles

Casual Maryville Greenway Ride - all levels, social pace

6 pm at River Sports Outfitters

Easy paced, beginner friendly ride on the Third Creek Greenway. Bring your own bike or rent one for $10

BICYCLES – MOUNTAIN BIKING

Tuesday:

6 pm at Mead’s Quarry with Appalachian Mountain Bike Club

Divides into smaller groups to accommodate all skill levels. Ride will be canceled for rain and/or muddy trails.

FISHING

Thursday:

5 pm at Carbide Park in Oak Ridge

Thursday Night Bass Fishing Tournament – everyone welcome!

PADDLING

Wednesday:

6 pm at the Cove at Concord Park

SUP Social Paddle with River Sports Outfitters. Free with own board or rent for $15

Thursday:

6 pm at new boat ramp at Ijams Nature Center with River Sports Outfitters

Kayak, canoe, or Standup Paddleboard at your own pace. Free with own gear or rent your gear for $15.

6:30 pm at Norris Dam Marina

Hydro-Bike Sunset Tour - $38 includes gear

Saturday:

10 am at Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center with Billy Lush Paddle Sports

Paddleboard 101 - 1.5 hours for $45 includes all gear

12 pm–2pm at the Cove at Concord Park

River Sports Outfitters will teach the fundamentals of stand up paddling and the essential safety skills.

Sunday:

11 am at Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center with Billy Lush Paddle Sports

Paddleboard 201 – 1.5 hours for $45 includes all gear

ROAD RUNNING

Monday:

6 pm from Market Square with Knoxville Track Club

Social pace

Wednesday:

5:30 from Runner’s Market Bearden with Knoxville Track Club

Social pace

Thursday:

5:30 pm at Provision Health & Performance

4-6 mile run into West Hills and down the greenway, pace dictated by those attending

6 pm at Fleet Feet in Farragut

Open run/walk all levels

TRAIL RUNNING

Tuesday:

6 pm at Meads Quarry with River Sports Outfitters

All levels welcome

6 pm at Maryville College Woods with Little River Trading Company

Approximately 3 mile run – all levels welcome

More events info can be found at Outdoor Knoxville: outdoorknoxville.com

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