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Muddy Boots Hike Seven Islands State Birding Park
Monday, April 11, 2022, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM EST
Category: New Villagers



April 11, 2022

Muddy Boots Hike Seven Islands State Birding Park

Depart Chota Center, Lakeside Realty Parking Lot at 8:00 am


Distance:  5 miles total (Note:  there will be an option for those desiring to shorten to 4.0 miles)

Elevation Gain:  (the total of uphill climbing) 453 feet

Change in Elevation:  (difference between high point and low point) 250 feet

Hike Leader(s):  Mary Ann Pearson and Paula Doherty

Hike Description:  We will be combining three trails for this hike.  This first trail, The Upland Loop (2.0 miles) includes a moderate climb in open pasture/meadow ground, to the top of a ridge with beautiful views of the French Broad River Basin.  We will then proceed onto the Island Loop which includes crossing the newly constructed pedestrian bridge onto the island where we will walk the Island Loop (1.6 miles), a level scenic walk along the river that potentially features many species of birds.  We will then return to the park center via the blacktop trail before proceeding onto the Hickory Ridge (0.9 miles).  This woodland trail includes a moderate climb of 250 ft. to another scenic overlook before looping back to the original starting area.  This trail has many roots and some rocks and is somewhat more difficult, although still easy to moderate overall.  For those who would like to shorten their hike, or avoid the second hill climb, it is easy to return to your vehicle before beginning this segment.  The total trip distance, including connector trails, is 5 miles.  

The park is one of Tennessee's newest, encompassing 416 acres along the French Broad River in Knox County.  This peninsula features more than eight miles of natural trails, rolling hills, and views of the Smoky Mountains.  Drive time to the park is approximately one hour.  Parking is ample and readily available.  


Please leave your pets at home.

Bring ample water and train snack or lunch if desired.

Carpooling is at your own discretion.

Restroom Information:  There are flush toilets at the trail head.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS FROM TELLICO VILLAGE VISITORS CENTER TO SEVEN ISLANDS STATE BIRDING PARK:  Proceed toI-40E through Knoxville to exit 402 (Midway Road).  Turn right onto Midway Road for 3.0 miles.  Turn left onto Kodak Road for 0.4 miles.  Turn right onto Kelly Lane for 0.5 miles.  Road ends at parking lot for the Park.


Muddy Boots 2022 Coordinators:

Maureen Hryniszak      251-709-1599        [email protected]
Jan Jacobson               423-773-8105        [email protected]
Patti Morris                   862-377-9084        [email protected]

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