Chattanooga has received much well-deserved press for its outdoor-minded development. It has resurrected itself from an industrial wasteland to a thriving outdoor metropolis. It was even voted by our own readers as the Best Outdoor City in the South. But another Tennessee city is rising from the ashes to challenge ‘Nooga as the best outdoor town in the Blue Ridge: Knoxville, Tennessee. Knoxville, the self-proclaimed “Gateway to the Smokies,” has big plans to build a greenway system that connects it to the country’s most popular national park.

Knoxville already boasts 50 miles of greenway trails within its city limits. Now it hopes to grow the system beyond its borders to connect to the doorstep of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The first piece of the greenway system was recently completed. Read more here.