I love living in Knoxville, TN. We get to experience all the seasons (even if we don’t get a lot of snow in the winter), it’s close to The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and there’s a lot of cool stuff to do around town. Since spring is right around the corner, I thought this would be a great time to share some free things to do in Knoxville, TN.
I have been a photographer for almost a decade now (which is crazy to think about!) and have found some of the best photo shoot locations in Knoxville, TN over the years. These locations are perfect for portrait sessions, landscape and nature photography, or to walk around and snap some pictures. All of the locations are free to visit, but some require professional photographers to pay to use the property. (Just a heads up to all the professional photographers out there, or those who have hired a professional photographer for their upcoming photo session.)
(Pst… I’m working on updating photos for all the locations I’ve listed!)
A few weekends ago, Kyle and I took the dogs out to explore Mead’s Quarry in Knoxville, TN. Mead’s Quarry is part of Ijams Nature Center in South Knoxville. I’ve lived in (or close to) Knoxville my entire life, and somehow never managed to visit Mead’s Quarry before. It’s a really beautiful part of Knoxville. Why did it take me so long to visit this picturesque place? Who knows, but I’m glad I finally did.
The weather has been perfect in Knoxville lately, so I’ve been really keen on getting out and exploring. I love hiking in the Smoky Mountains (of course), but it’s usually crowded, dogs aren’t allowed on most trails, and I’ve hiked a good majority of the trails already. So, I explored a few options and decided to visit Big South Fork yesterday afternoon.
Big South Fork is about two hours north of Knoxville, basically on the Tennessee-Kentucky line. It had been well over ten years since my last visit to Big South Fork. I took a Travel & Nature Photography class at Pellissippi back in the day and we visited the park then.
It’s been a while. Things have been a little crazy around here, so I’m trying to get back into the swing of things. We just celebrated Kyle’s Birthday over the weekend, which was, of course, a good time. Mostly because I drove Kyle and a few friends around to some of the local breweries.
If you don’t have a designated driver (or decide to Uber), that’s ok, because Knox Brew Tours can hook you up on a great brew tour.
We were able to stop at seven different breweries on our tour. The Knoxville craft beer scene has really expanded over the past few years. It’s exciting to see new life in downtown Knoxville. I’m already planning to go back to a few of the places that we checked out.