For those staying in Knoxville during spring break, here is a list of some activities to enjoy in the city and the warmer spring weather.
Smoky Mountain National Park
Get active and enjoy the beautiful spring weather by hiking in nearby Great Smoky Mountain National Park. The Park offers a wide variety of hikes, trails and camping that allow you to immerse yourself in the beauty of the mountains.
One of the most popular trails is Rainbow Falls. This hike is a 2.7 mile trail that guides you to an 80 foot waterfall, named after the rainbows that appear when the sun hits the fall mist.
Other popular hikes include The Alum Cave and the Chimney Tops. These trails are free and are about an hour and 15 minute drive from campus.
Winter Farmer’s Market
The Winter Farmer’s Market will be held on March 12 in the Market Square. This market, which takes place every Saturday from the beginning of January to the end of March, allows farmers to sell their winter products.
There is a wide variety of items to choose from, as the market offers everything from produce and meat to arts and crafts. The market will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is just a five-minute drive from campus.
All items sold at the outdoor market have been grown and produced locally in the East Tennessee region, making the farmers’ market a great way to support local businesses.
Dollywood, named after the park’s famous founder, Dolly Parton, is an amusement park with a wide variety of rides, shows and attractions. The park showcases the history of the Appalachian Mountains in a unique and entertaining way and showcases the beauty of the Smoky Mountains.
Popular rides include the Wild Eagle, Tennessee Tornado, and Lightning Rod. For those not a fan of roller coasters, there’s still plenty to do in the park, with activities like The Wings of America bird show and Eagle Mountain Sanctuary. The park is about a 45-minute drive from campus, and one-day adult tickets to the park are $84.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day here in Knoxville with the annual parade. Be sure to bring your green and ride along the streets as the route begins on Hall of Fame Dr. The parade soon crosses Gay Street and ends on Jackson Ave. in the old town.
The people of Knoxville have celebrated St. Patrick’s Day as far back as the 1850s, with the first St. Patrick’s Day Parade to descend Gay Street dating back to 1869. This celebration is a fun way to recognize the contributions of Irish Americans to the town of Knoxville . The parade starts at 1 p.m., so arrive early and claim your spot on the route.
The Ijams Nature Center
Ijams Nature Center is a popular attraction for locals and visitors to the Knoxville area. The 315-acre preserve offers hiking, swimming, and biking trails all in one place.
One of the most popular spots is Mead’s Quarry, a spring-fed lake. The Quarry offers paddleboarding and canoe rentals for just $14 per hour.
Their hiking trails are another popular activity, and with 19 hikes to choose from, you’re sure to find the one that best suits your needs. The nature center is open from 8:00 a.m. until dusk and is a 10-minute drive from campus.