Nestled in the heart of the Tennessee Valley and surrounded by beautiful lakes and the stunning Smoky Mountains, Knoxville is the perfect place for anyone who appreciates their BBQ with a view. You will find there is no shortage of things to do here, and using a Knoxville RV rental by owner makes it easy to experience it all. In downtown Knoxville, you’ll find mouth-watering Southern eats and bourbon aplenty, historic sites, and sporting events. Public transit within the city is easy, with the KAT buses and a free trolley system. If you want to get out of the big city, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are less than an hour away, and right on the border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With your Knoxville camper rental, spending a weekend in the mountains just got a whole lot easier and much more comfortable.
The Great Outdoors
Your RV rental in Knoxville, TN is a perfect way to get outdoors in one of the most beautiful places in the U.S. There are several lakes and state parks in the area, and plenty of options for biking, hiking, boating, and camping. Big Ridge State Park is a part of the Appalachian Ridge and has over 15 miles of hiking trails of varying intensities. Norris Dam State Park is practically next door, and with an expansive 800 miles of shoreline with swimming coves and boats available for rent, it’s easy to have a great day on the water. Knoxville is also home to one of the coolest playgrounds for adults and children alike – Navitat in the Ijams Nature Center, roughly three miles from downtown. This adventure in the canopy has six “adventure trails” that span out from the central treehouse and feature nets, bridges, tunnels, and ziplines.
One thing that you must do with your RV rental in Knoxville, Tennessee is visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The mountains get their name from the ethereal blue mist that hovers over the valleys. When driving or hiking through these mountains you can see wildlife such as elk, black bears, and white-tailed deer. The Appalachian Trail goes through the park, and there are plenty of day hikes on the trail. To get the most spectacular view in the park, hike up to Clingman’s Dome – the highest point in the Smokies. While the best way to experience the park is to go out on the hiking or mountain biking trails, there are several breathtaking viewing points along the nearly 400 miles of scenic routes you can drive in your luxury Knoxville RV rental.
There are quite a few places to camp out with your travel trailer rental in Knoxville. There aren’t a ton of public transit options going in to the city, so your best bet would be to drive a few minutes closer and park your RV rental in the lot at the University Commons Walmart on the southwestern side of the city, then take a short bus ride in to the heart of Knoxville. The city’s public transit system (KAT) provides buses and free trolleys, or if you want to burn some calories while you explore, you can use their bike sharing system!
Big Ridge and Norris Dam State Parks both have RV campsites with electric and water hookups. Just outside of the city there are several RV parks. The beautifully wooded Southlake RV Park has lakeside RV sites, and it is a great location to be able to explore the city and surrounding parks. If you are taking your camper rental north of Knoxville, Volunteer Park Family Campground is pet-friendly and has both camping and RV sites. It’s open year-round and has a heated pool, clubhouse, and children’s playground.
For campsites closer to the Smoky Mountains, Creekside and Pine Mountain RV Parks are great options. Creekside has stream fishing and homey comfort with laundry, cable, and free WiFi. Pine Mountain has paved roads and an open feel, and you can’t beat the views. Both are just a couple of minutes outside of Pigeon Forge, which has plenty of activities for the whole family – think rollercoasters, go-carts, and putt-putt. Start your search for an RV in Knoxville and get ready to enjoy all these parks have to offer!
Fun fact about Knoxville: it’s the birthplace of every traveler’s best friend, Mountain Dew! But we know you’ve had enough of that on the road in your Outdoorsy RV, so fill up on some Tennessee classics instead. There’s no shortage of smoky barbeque joints, and tours at Knox Whiskey Works are a barrel of fun. You can also visit the Historic Market Square in downtown Knoxville for a bite to eat and, if you’re lucky, some great live music! On Wednesday and Saturday mornings the Market Square hosts the Farmer’s Market, perfect for sampling local fare. For the sports fans, you can visit the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, or check out the football stadium where Peyton Manning got his start. You also won’t want to miss the most iconic landmark of downtown Knoxville, the 1982 World’s Fair Sunsphere, where you can get a free bird’s eye view of the city from the Observation Deck. History buffs will enjoy one of the best-preserved Civil War sites in the country at Fort Dickerson Park, located just across the river. If it’s raining when you’re there, spend the day indoors at Maple Hall and bowl in the coolest alley you’ve ever seen. To keep the kiddos entertained, check out trampoline parks, The Muse Exploratorium, and the Basement Community Art Studio.
No matter what you end up doing, one thing is certain. Book an RV in Knoxville and you will be in for an adventure!