Kingston, TN Walking, Hiking Trails
PHOTO CREDIT: Brian McCord
Opportunities for hiking and walking in Roane County are abundant, with a variety of trails that range from flat and scenic to hilly and ultra-challenging. Here is a quick overview:
Bacon Ridge Trail
One of the most popular hiking venues in this part of East Tennessee is Bacon Ridge Trail, which spans 3.4 miles and offers maps that point out potential wildlife viewing spots along the way. Those wildlife sightings can include small reptiles and mammals like lizards and raccoons, as well as various species of birds like red hawks and purple marlins.
Roane County Park
At Roane County Park, the 1.5-mile trail not only accommodates walkers and joggers, but bicyclists, birdwatchers and inline skaters. The park has options for swimming, canoeing, fishing and boating, and there is also a toddler’s playground.
Kingston's City Park
Kingston's City Park, on Watts Bar Lake and Highway 70, offers a hiking trail along with two children's playgrounds, tennis courts, sand volleyball, a basketball court, boat ramps and docks.
Betty Brown Trail and Ladd Landing
Betty Brown Memorial Walking Trail is a scenic greenway that winds for more than three miles along Watts Bar Lake, which is one of the largest lakes in the South. Meanwhile, paved bike trails at Ladd Landing – an 800-acre waterfront development in Kingston – lead to nature preserves throughout the residential community.
Rarity Ridge and Mount Roosevelt
Rarity Ridge also has scenic walking and biking trails that wind throughout 100 acres of parks and woodlands. And spectacular views can be seen from atop Mount Roosevelt near Rockwood, where nature trails are open for hiking or mountain biking except during hunting season.