Baker Creek Preserve

Parks and Recreation Director

Sheryl Ely
sely@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-4311

Lakeshore Park
5930 Lyons View Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919

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PARK DETAILS
• 100 acres
• play area
• pump track
• open space
• 7.1 miles of unpaved trails
• Parking: 30+
Knoxville's Urban Wilderness
City Council District:  1
Baker Creek Preserve 

3700 Lancaster Drive
Knoxville, TN 37920

South Knoxville


Baker Creek Preserve
Play area at Baker Creek Preserve

Directions: From down, take the James White Parkway south to the Sevierville Pike exit. From the exit ramp, turn left onto Sevierville Pike; turn right onto Lancaster Dr. and the parking area will be on the left adjacent to the church building. Parking and entrance to trails is located on the left.


The 100-acre Baker Creek Preserve property was donated to Legacy Parks Foundation by the Wood family in 2013 then deeded to the City of Knoxville in 2016. This area is quickly transforming into a destination for outdoor adventures for local and visitors. The property is a major addition to Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness. This property has a beautiful little creek, giant sycamore trees and other native plants, wildlife, and incredible views – it truly is a preserve in that we hope to enhance and create access to all of the natural assets.” All of the trails, excluding Devil’s Racetrack, were funded by a Recreation Trails Grant from the State of Tennessee to Legacy Parks. Appalachian Mountain Bike Club marketed the downtown downhill grant offered by Bell Helmets and won the $100,000 grant through online voting.

Baker Creek Preserve connects to Marie Myers Park by the Redbud Road Bridge, and to the Baker Creek Play Forest along the Cherokee trail that crosses Taylor Road.


MULTI-USE TRAILS

Trail names at Baker Creek Preserve reflect the terrain and history of the property. Devil’s Racetrack and Floyd Fox pay homage to the days of moonshine in south Knoxville. The Barn Burner Downhill trail terminates at the location of the old barn on the property. Sycamore Loop winds through some of the largest native trees in the area. Cruze Valley Run descends into the valley located in the heart of the property at a wide-open meadow between the two ridges, and Pappy’s Way, the trail up to Pappy’s Point, is in thanks to the property donor.
View Trail Maps at www.knoxurbanwilderness.com


RESERVE FOR OUTDOOR EVENT

To reserve Baker Creek Preserve for an outdoor recreation event, please contact Parker Medley at Visit Knoxville Sports Commission at 865-342-9137 or pmedley@knoxville.org.


GOOGLE TREKKER STREET VIEW

Explore the trails on Google Trekker Street View (images from fall 2017):
Baker Creek Preserve, Asphalt Pump Track
Baker Creek Preserve, Barn Burner Downhill Trail
Baker Creek Preserve, Best Medicine Trail
Baker Creek Preserve, Cruze Valley Downhill Trail 
Baker Creek Preserve, Devil's Racetrack Boulder Garden
Baker Creek Preserve, Devil's Racetrack Trail
Baker Creek Preserve, Dirt Pump Track
Baker Creek Preserve, Floyd Fox Trail
Baker Creek Preserve, Pappy's Way Trail
Baker Creek Preserve, Play area
Baker Creek Preserve, Red Bud Bridge
Baker Creek Preserve, Sycamore Loop Trail
Baker Creek Preserve, Trans Farm Trail


PARK RULES & REGULATIONS


1.) For the protection of our park and the safety of its users, the following are prohibited:
  • No alcoholic beverages
  • No open fires
  • No hitting golf balls anywhere in the park
  • No motorized vehicles in park
  • No equestrian activity
2.) Per city ordinance, all animals must be maintained on a leash.
3.) Please be respectful of other trail users
4.) Please help to keep our parks beautiful by disposing trash in proper receptacles.
5.) Hours - Open dawn to dusk unless otherwise posted.