Recreational & Cultural Opportunities
The following links offer general information about parks, cultural events, and recreational opportunities available. All locations listed are within a few hours' drive.
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area of the U.S. National Park Service, located near Oak Ridge.
Biltmore Estate- A 250-room historical chateau in located in Asheville, North Carolina (about 3 hours from Oak Ridge); open all year
Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, Knoxville
Old City Historic District, Knoxville
Korrnet - Website for area nonprofit organizations
Big South Fork Park - Canoeing, fishing, camping, hiking; located near Oneida, Tennessee; about 2 hours' drive from Oak Ridge
Concord Park - West Knoxville
Concord Park - 10901 S. Northshore Drive 37922 (I 140 – (Pellissippi Pkwy) to Westland Drive exit (3) travel west on Westland Drive, approx. 1.25 miles, turn right on to Northshore Dr. approx. 1/2 mile on right.) Total acreage for Concord Park (500) - Baseball (7) - Boat Access – Concessions (2) - Fishing - Football (1) – Golf (1) Concord Jr. Golf 9-hole par three – Marina (1) - Mountain Biking – (8 miles) - Natural Trail - Paved Trail - Picnic Shelters (3) - Picnic Tables (34) - Playground (1) – Restrooms (1) - Softball (2) – Tennis (2) – (1) Skatepark (3 ramps)
The Cove at Concord Park - 11808 S. Northshore Drive 37922 (I -140 – (Pellissippi Pkwy) to Westland Drive exit (3) travel west on Westland Drive, approx. 1.25 miles, turn right on to Northshore Dr. approx. 4 miles on left.) Beach Area with lake swimming - Fishing - Paved Trail (.7 mile) – Picnic Shelter (1)- Picnic Tables (18) - Playground (1) – Restrooms (1) – Volleyball (2) - Walking Loop - Canoe & Kayak Rentals (River Sports) The Point at Concord Park - 10882 S. Northshore Drive 37922 (I -140 – (Pellissippi Pkwy) to Westland Drive exit (3) travel west on Westland Drive, approx. 1.25 miles, turn right on to Northshore Dr. approx. 3 miles on left.) In-line Hockey (1) - Paved Trail (.3 mile) – Soccer (2) - Walking Loop
Fort Loudon State Historical Area- Near Vonore, Tennessee; about an hour's drive from Oak Ridge
Frozen Head State Park - near Wartburg, Tennessee; about 45 minutes from Oak Ridge
Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Most visited national park in the U.S.; about an hour from Oak Ridge; camping, hiking, fishing
Historic Rugby- near Oneida, Tennessee; about 2 hours from Oak Ridge
Norris Dam State Park- About 30 minutes from Oak Ridge
Oak Ridger (link to "Intermission" for local events)
Oak Ridge Reservation - The Oak Ridge Reservation has more than 45 known prehistoric sites, 250 pre-WWII structures (such as Freels Bend cabin, shown above), and a number of historically significant Manhattan Project structures. A Research Park brief, "Cultural Resources on the Oak Ridge Reservation" is now available in pdf form. Contact Pat Parr at 576-8123 with your name and mailing address for a hard copy or see the Research Park Briefs website.
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)- includes recreation information