Sharp's Ridge Memorial Park, Knoxville

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Sharp's Ridge is a steep limestone ridge in Knoxville, Tennessee, north of the city's downtown. A 111acre area of the 7mi ridge is maintained as Sharp's Ridge Memorial Park, a city park dedicated to the honor of the area's war veterans. The ridge also is the site of a transmitting antenna farm that serves most of Knoxville's broadcasters. The highest ground point on the ridge is an abandoned fire tower located at 1,391 feet (424 m) above mean sea level. The ridge itself averages 200 to 300 feet (40 to 60 m) above the surrounding valley floor, allowing panoramic views of the Great Smoky Mountains and adjacent ranges to the east and the Cumberland Plateau to the west.
Sharp's Ridge is named for the Sharpe family, who lived on the ridge during the 19th century.
Sharp's Ridge is a narrow, elongate ridge characteristic of the Ridge-and-Valley Appalachians. The ridge stretches northeastward for approximately 7mi from Third Creek to Love Creek . Beyond Love Creek, the ridge formation continues northeastward as McAnnally Ridge. The southern fringes of the Inskip and Fountain City suburbs, Christenberry Heights, and Beverly are located along the northern base of the ridge. The Lonsdale, Lincoln Park, and Whittle Springs neighborhoods of North Knoxville are located along the ridge's southern base.
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  • Was just across the parking lot from the hotel we were staying at on the “airport strip”...the obvious question was.... how good can it be? The answer is I would probably drive miles out of my way...  more »
  • Our family had a wonderful hike on this trail - never experienced the 'unsafe' feeling but I know it's a bit secluded. The view of the city is not to be missed! I think Knoxville is wonderful to offer such beautiful trails and everyone needs to get out and USE THEM!
  • Recently completed improvements have made most of the eastern picnic area in the park accessible and improved the accessibility of the overlook. While the improvements were focused on ADA upgrades, they've really made an impact and updated the experience for everyone who visits.

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