Recreate – [rek-ree-eyt]verb
Something people do to relax or have fun.

We have a lot to boast about when it comes to recreation!

Proudly wearing the badge as one of America’s best adventure towns by National Geographic, we enjoy a picturesque landscape that provides endless outdoor escapades. Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness, located only three miles from downtown, is a 1,000-acre refuge that features more than 50 miles of natural trails – including some of the best mountain bike trails in the southeast – a world-class nature center, tree-based zipline adventure park, quarry lakes, a variety of parks, and historic sites.

Devil’s Racetrack Downhill Trail is a nationally-rated extreme 0.8-mile mountain bike trail in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness, adding to Knoxville’s growing reputation as a significant mountain bike destination. Check out this feature by Pinkbike to learn more.

We at Dogwood Arts believe a vibrant and dynamic community reflects the investment and commitment to the arts and culture stakeholders and residents of the region. Mediocre arts and culture leads to a complacent and uninspired citizenry. And this is precisely why we at Dogwood get up and come to work every day. We are so much more than just a festival in April.  We are a twelve-month organization promoting and celebrating our region’s art, culture and natural beauty… supported by an inspired and invested community.

Tom Cervone, MFA, MBA

Executive Director,
Dogwood Arts

Only in Knoxville can you ride the South Loop Mountain Bike Trail and 10 minutes later find yourself downtown to enjoying a fabulous dinner. Our food scene is making a name for itself thanks to a group of talented chefs – including not one but two James Beard award winners and more than a few Blackberry Farm alumni. The food scene pairs well with the ever expanding list of Knoxville Breweries, many of which can be found on the Knoxville Ale Trail.


We also claim stake as one of America’s most vibrant cities for live music. It’s on the streets, the Square, and stages of famous venues like the Historic Tennessee Theatre. Year round, we can enjoy a number of diverse cultural festivals including Big Ears, Rhythm N’ Blooms, the Knoxville Film Festival and the International Biscuit Festival Knoxville.

How do you RECRE865? Share your story with us via social media by using the #recre865 hashtag!

“You can find great depth here. Material scientists, machinists, and good mechanical engineers are all here. For hardware companies, there is a very strong legacy here. That is one of East Tennessee’ best assets.”

Jay Rogers, founder and CEO, Local Motors

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