Outdoor Knoxville Events Calendar: July 10-July 17

THURSDAY, JULY 10

GET ON THE LOCAL TRAILS HIKE

Legacy Parks and Missy Kane of Covenant Health

8:45 am at IC King Park

Hike the lower river trail to the bridge and split into groups for those that want to hike the hilly loop or the relatively flat trails back.

HYDRO-BIKE SUNSET TOUR

Norris Paddling Adventures

6:30 pm at Norris Dam Marina

Paddle serene Norris Lake surrounded by a beautiful State Park and Wildlife Sanctuary filled with an abundance of wildlife. No balance necessary & you will stay dry.

FRIDAY, JULY 11

HYDRO-BIKE SUNSET TOUR

Norris Paddling Adventures

6:30 pm at Norris Dam Marina

Paddle serene Norris Lake surrounded by a beautiful State Park and Wildlife Sanctuary filled with an abundance of wildlife. No balance necessary & you will stay dry.

HYDRO-BIKE MOON LIGHT TOUR

Norris Paddling Adventures

8:30 pm at Norris Dam Marina

Paddle serene Norris Lake by the light of a full moon and listen for the call of the owls. No balance necessary & you will stay dry.

SATURDAY, JULY 12

REDSKIN ROMP SPRINT TRIATHLON

Endurance Sports Management

7:30 am at City of Loudon Pool

The Redskin Romp takes place at the 50 meter outdoor in the City of Loudon. The new venue is much larger with parking right next to pool area at Loudon High School. Distances are: S 150 mtr, B 10 mi R 4K.

WESTSIDE Y TRI

Race Day Events

8 am at Westside YMCA

Pool sprint triathlon consisting of a 200 yard swim, 7 mile bike, and 4k run. Individual & relay entries competition available with overall age group, & relay awards, Minimum age 12.

TAKE-A-HIKE, OBED WILD & SCENIC RIVER SEGMENT CUMBERLAND TRAIL

Harvey Broome Group of the Sierra Club

Must pre-register for time and meeting location - Warren Devine at warrendevine@comcast.net

Two-part hike: Cumberland Trail along the Emory River Gorge, followed by part of Cumberland Trail along Obed River. Total distance 7 miles, rated easy to moderate.

CADES COVE LOOP BIKE RIDE

Smoky Mountain Hiking Club

8 am at Cades Cove

The Cades Cove Loop is closed to motor vehicle traffic until 10 a.m. on Saturday mornings during the summer. Steep grades on the route can be strenuous for part time bicyclists. Meet at the parking area where the loop road begins in Cades Cove. Ride 11 miles, rated moderate to strenuous.

LAKESHORE-BENTON MACKAYE BACKPACK

Smoky Mountain Hiking Club

Contact leader for departure details - Tim Bigelow, bigelowt2@mindspring.com

This backpack trip will cover most of the Lakeshore trail and the portion of the Benton MacKaye trail along Fontana Lake. Hike: 24 miles, rated difficult.

DISCOVER KAYAK CLASS

River Sports Outfitters

9 am at the Cove at Concord Park

This is a class for the beginner and inexperienced paddlers who want to learn about the sport of recreation kayaking. Paddling safety will be stressed. In addition to these skills, you will learn about the ecosystem and the local history.

SUP YOGA

River Sports Outfitters

9 am at the Cove at Concord Park

Take care of yourself with a short adventure vacation and paddle out to a serene spot on the lake. Enjoy a mix of traditional pilates and yoga working the whole body while relaxing the mind.

SUP SKILLS

River Sports Outfitters

10 am at the Cove at Concord Park

A perfect blend of exercise and fun as you learn the most efficient methods to paddle your board while staying upright. Improved balance and coordination, safety while on the water, advanced strokes for efficient maneuvering, and a great deal more.

SUNFLOWER HIKE AT IJAMS

Ijams Nature Center

11 am at Ijams Nature Center

(Ages 10 and up) The Knoxville Urban Wilderness South Loop now features a network of over 40 miles of hiking and biking trails. Join Ijams naturalist Stephen Lyn Bales for an exploration of a portion of the Urban Wilderness: the sunflower fields at Forks of the River. This hike will cover between three and four miles and takes approximately two hours.

DISCOVER SUP CLASS

River Sports Outfitters

12 pm at the Cove at Concord Park

In a relaxed environment, expert instructors will teach the fundamentals of stand up paddling and the essential safety skills. Two-hour session.

KAYAK LEVEL II

River Sports Outfitters

12 pm at River Sports Outfitters

This is a class for paddlers with some kayak touring experience wanting to take the sport to he next level. They discuss safety, preparation, paddle and boat fit as well as on the water instruction on advanced strokes, wet exits, bracing, assisted T-rescue, and self rescue. This level II class is designed around a touring kayak with a skirt or a white water boat.

CAMP OUT AT IJAMS

Ijams Nature Center

5 pm at Ijams Nature Center

Come camp out at Ijams! They'll have a variety of activities: slack-lines, night hikes and stargazing. Each event will be different!

CONCERT AT THE COVE

Knox County Parks & Rec

6 pm at the Cove at Concord Park

Free Concert at The Cove with Kitty Wampus from 6 to 8 p.m.

HYDRO-BIKE SUNSET TOUR

Norris Paddling Adventures

6:30 pm at Norris Dam Marina

Paddle serene Norris Lake surrounded by a beautiful State Park and Wildlife Sanctuary filled with an abundance of wildlife. No balance necessary & you will stay dry.

HYDRO-BIKE MOON LIGHT TOUR

Norris Paddling Adventures

8:30 pm at Norris Dam Marina

Paddle serene Norris Lake by the light of a full moon and listen for the call of the owls. No balance necessary & you will stay dry.

SUNDAY, JULY 13

STALK YOUR QUARRY TRAIL RACE

Treadin' Trodden Trails Series hosted by Knoxville Track Club

9 am at Ijams Nature Center

The 5 and 10-mile courses both start in the parking lot at Ijams Nature Center in South Knoxville and will begin by winding through the lush, wooded hills behind the nature center, then explore exhilarating stretches of new singletrack, including the brand new Barnett Ridge and Ross Marble trails, that await in the Ross Marble Quarry area, then tackle Tharp's Trace clockwise.

MONDAY, JULY 14

FIELD ECOLOGY ADVENTURE

Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont

8 am at Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont

Experience Great Smoky Mountains National Park from a field scientist's perspective. You'll participate in real science projects and experience hands-on studies.

TEEN HIGH ADVENTURE

Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont

8 am at Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont

Backpack in the national park, conquer a ropes course, and experience the exhilaration of whitewater rafting.

CLIMBING FUNDAMENTALS CLASS

River Sports Outfitters

6 pm at River Sports Outfitters

RSO knowledgeable instructors will teach you everything you need to know to feel comfortable in the climbing gym—gym rules, how to wear a harness, how to belay and climbing techniques.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 16

HIKE CLINGMANS DOME-NEWFOUND GAP

Smoky Mountain Hiking Club

8 am at Alcoa Food City to carpool

Hike: 8.4 miles, rated moderate.

EXPLORE URBAN WILDERNESS AT IJAMS

Ijams Nature Center

1 pm at Ijams Nature Center

(All Ages) This series of hikes will help you explore a variety of trails around Ijams Nature Center and South Knoxville while enjoying beautiful warm weather and scenic views. This week's hike will be an explorer's three or four mile hike on the South Loop of Knoxville's Urban Wilderness. Approximately two hours to complete.

KNOXIE CRITS SUMMER SERIES

Southern Cycling Operations and KnoxVelo

6 pm at Chilhowee Park

Wednesday night criterium training is ideal for cyclists interested in learning about racing in a safe, friendly environment. There will be four races (A, B, C, X levels) on an approximately 1 kilometer course, around the lake in front of the Jacobs building. Please use the Zoo entrance and park in front of the lake. All other entrances will be closed.

THURSDAY, JULY 17

GET ON THE LOCAL TRAILS HIKE

Legacy Parks and Missy Kane of Covenant Health

8:45 am at IC King Park

Hike the lower river trail to the bridge and split into groups for those that want to hike the hilly loop or the relatively flat trails back.

BACKPACKER MAGAZINE GET OUT MORE TOUR

Mast General Store

6 pm at Mast General Store

Join Backpacker Magazine's Get Out More team, Kim Dinan and Brian Patton, to check out the latest gear, learn trail-tested tips, trip advice and more. This 75-minute interactive presentation is full of information to help you enjoy your next adventure. The team will arrive at 4:30 pm to set up.

HYDRO-BIKE SUNSET TOUR

Norris Paddling Adventures

6:30 Pm at Norris Dam Marina

Paddle serene Norris Lake surrounded by a beautiful State Park and Wildlife Sanctuary filled with an abundance of wildlife. No balance necessary & you will stay dry.

Weekly Recurring Outdoor 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

6:30 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.

BICYCLES – ETC.

Wednesday:

5 pm til dark at Sam Duff Memorial Park

Knoxville Hardcourt Bike Polo: Just bring your bike—they have mallets to share and will teach you how to play.

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 pm at various put-ins with River Sports Outfitters

Ideal for those comfortable paddling flat water. Call store for location each week. 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 Mellow Mushroom on Cumberland Avenue with the 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:

6:30 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

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