South Knox community works to boost awareness of "Urban Wilderne

South Knox community works to boost awareness of "Urban Wilderness"

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They're working to remind people about South Knoxville's Urban Wilderness, the 1,000 acres located just on the south side of the river, featuring numerous parks and trails. They're working to remind people about South Knoxville's Urban Wilderness, the 1,000 acres located just on the south side of the river, featuring numerous parks and trails.
The area includes 35 miles of trails as part of the South Loop Trail. The area includes 35 miles of trails as part of the South Loop Trail.
"That's what we really hope to develop as the image of South Knoxville, just a beautiful green space, a great place to ride your bicycles and hike," said Ron Emery, owner of Emery's 5 &10 in South Knoxville. "That's what we really hope to develop as the image of South Knoxville, just a beautiful green space, a great place to ride your bicycles and hike," said Ron Emery, owner of Emery's 5 &10 in South Knoxville.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - SouthFest, the event meant to drive people to South Knoxville, kicks off Friday.

Organizers are encouraging people to head south of the river to shop at the local businesses hit hardest by the closure of the Henley Bridge.

With the event expected to bring hundreds into the area, the South Knoxville community is sprucing up the place a bit.

Locally-owned stores are working hard to attract customers, and while they say SouthFest is going to help, it's only for the weekend, so community leaders are working harder than ever to make South Knoxville a bigger destination for visitors all year long.

They're working to remind people about South Knoxville's Urban Wilderness, the 1,000 acres located just on the south side of the river, featuring numerous parks and trails.

Spearheaded by the Legacy Parks Foundations, this ultimate urban playground for hikers, bikers and trail runners features a recently completed 35 mile long South Loop Trail, which runs alongside the waterfront.

"That's what we really hope to develop as the image of South Knoxville, just a beautiful green space, a great place to ride your bicycles and hike," said Ron Emery, owner of Emery's 5 &10 in South Knoxville.

Emery says he and other business owners hope that if more people trek the Urban Wilderness of South Knoxville, they'll keep coming back.

"We do have something really concrete to market which is the Urban Wilderness. Long term, I think South Knoxville can be identified with this," said Emery.

Local stores are selling Urban Wilderness t-shirts to help spread the word.

"When you start using this area and the bike trails, you'll be back," said Emery.

Donations are currently being accepted to help fund the next phase of the project, the Battlefield Loop, further helping turn the draw of natural beauty into a boost for local businesses.

"When people come in our store, we've got a new customer for life. They come back and bring their friends. That's how we grow," said Emery.

To help fund the project, donations can be made to the Legacy Parks Foundation.

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