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Knoxville, TN: Holston & Tennessee River Canoe Trail 

Float under a peregrine falcon nest and paddle past several islands to the Tennessee River on this 4.5-mile trip through the heart of downtown.

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Author: Backpacker Magazine
Date: 30 Aug 2007 3:11:14 PM
Activity: Hiking
State: Tennessee (TN)
Distance: 4.47 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 115 ft
Total Loss: 116 ft
Net Change: -1 ft
Difficulty: 5 / 10
Tags: Knoxville, Paddling, Tennessee
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

-Mapped by Stephen Wilkinson

TO TRAILHEAD: From George Dempster Dr., turn R onto Riverside Dr. In 2.3 mi., L @ Holston Hills Rd. In .4 mi., R into Holston River Park boat launch. Shuttle: From Riverside Dr., turn S onto frontage road under James White Pkwy. Bridge; follow to small lot @ river's edge.

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Distance: 4.47 mi Points: 314
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
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Canoe Trail

Points of Interest


Location: 35.977509, -83.859138
Put in from canoe launch @ N end of Holston River Park


Location: 35.972210, -83.856796
Continue S down slim, wooded channel of Holston River between Boyd Island and Marble Hill


Location: 35.968361, -83.852783
Pass bridge access to Boyd Island


Location: 35.965611, -83.851196
Enter main channel of Fort Loudon Lake; watch for surface traffic: barges, kayakers, maybe people fishing for dinner


Location: 35.960140, -83.850510
Reach Three Rivers area, where a nesting pair of peregrine falcons hang near the French Broad?Holston River confluence. Stay river right where channel widens


Location: 35.957218, -83.863167
Swing boat river left and head up to Island Park near Will Skelton Parkway. Taller bluffs on this side of river


Location: 35.958351, -83.864609
Peer into sandstone cave, and then take hard L around small mid-river islet into side channel. Pass S end of airport on Dickinson Island


Location: 35.961761, -83.883263
Beach @ Island Home Park. Check out sailplanes over Downtown Island Airport, then cross river (watch out for tugboats)


Location: 35.962601, -83.890747
Mouth of Williams Creek


Location: 35.962769, -83.896927
Take out @ riverside landing park, just under James White Parkway Bridge. Pick up shuttle


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