Get Outside: Visit These 7 Parks in Oak Ridge

Bountiful outdoor options make this Tennessee city an inviting place to live.

On Friday, July 23, 2021 - 12:12
Oak Ridge, TN

Looking for the perfect place to picnic or a fun weekend outing? Maybe you need to get in a brisk early morning jog or want to take a work break and enjoy a lunchtime stroll with the family.

Oak Ridge, TN offers plenty of options for outdoor lovers. Here are 7 parks to try today:

Melton Lake Park 

A 5.6-mile greenway provides an idyllic place to walk, run or bike while taking in the stunning scenery surrounding this lake in Oak Ridge. The pristine waters also beckon paddle boarders and rowers.

A.K. Bissell Park

With 38 acres and a 1.25-mile loop to walk, you’ll love spending time here to break up your workday or relax on a weekend. Plus, you can bring your lunch and eat at the picnic shelter.

Big Turtle Park

Grab Fido and his leash and head to Big Turtle Park. The dog park here includes two fenced, off-leash areas. Run around with your pup or take a seat on one of the benches available.

Blankenship Field

Looking for something other than a trail to walk? This field is open to the public from sunup to sundown, except when it is reserved for special events.

Cedar Hill Park

Kids restless and ready to get outside? Pack a lunch to eat at the picnic shelter while the children enjoy the playground. You can also access the Cedar Hill Greenway here and shoot a few hoops.

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Haw Ridge Park

Ready to forget the week and enjoy and active weekend? Get in a run, walk or ride (horse or bike) at the stunning 780-acre Haw Ridge Park, which has over 30 miles of single-track and dirt trails. Or venture onto the water for kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding.

UT Arboretum

Over 7 miles of trails make up the UT Arboretum trail system, with each trail varying in length and difficulty. For example, the Oak Hickory Trail allows for a nice 1.1-mile round-trip stroll through oak and hickory trees.

Ready to explore more of what Oak Ridge has to offer? Check out the latest edition of Livability Oak Ridge, Tennessee.


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