The Top Outdoor Adventures Via Public Transportation: Knoxville

Canoeing the Holston River

Holston River south fork.     Photo: dmott9/Flickr

Holston River Park

Address: 3300 Holston Hills Road
Hours: Dawn to dusk

Sometimes being in a city can really make you miss being on a clean mountain lake or river. Sure, many cities are built along rivers or the coast, but very few of these options could be considered a viable water recreation option. Knoxville, Tennessee, however, has promoted its waterways, the Holston and Tennessee Rivers, offering canoe launches and lessons. Starting from Holston River Park, willing watermen and women can take canoe tours right into Knoxville downtown. Clinics can run a pretty penny ($20 for short tours, $40 for longer tours), but canoes are provided. Buses running from Knoxville Station can take you out close to the park, and it’s just a short walk to the canoe launch from there. Call ahead for reservations and enjoy a day on the water instead of battling midsummer humidity on the street.

GETTING THERE: From Knoxville Station take the 32 Bus to the stop at Boyds Bridge Pike. Walk down the road and take a left on Holston Hills Road. The road connects with the park.

TRAVEL TIME: About 40 minutes.

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