The warmer seasons are upon us, and that can only mean one thing: it’s time to get outside! Sometimes, though, just sitting out on the lawn won’t do. To really relax, you need to stretch your legs and spread your wings, but where should you go? Check out these local parks to experience some of the best free recreation Blount County has to offer.
A Park for Teams of All Sorts
Need to get the whole gang together? Pearson Springs Park could be just the place you need to meet up. The park includes 2 irrigated soccer fields, 2 Little League practice softball fields, a pavilion with 10 tables, and a large charcoal grill. The 8-acre park is connected to the Greenway, and can be found in Maryville, just off Montvale Station Road. Since the pavilion is such a pleasant place to spend a warm afternoon, it’s best if you check online to see if it’s been booked before you go. Or, better yet, just plan ahead and reserve it for yourself!
A Park for Anglers
Singleton Park, just off of Topside Road, may be small, but offers great fishing. Launch your boat from the boat ramp, or just use any one of the 4 fishing benches. There’s also a dock that will get you out over the water, and picnic tables, should you decide to break for lunch. It’s open from dawn until dusk, so you should have plenty of opportunities to see if the fish are biting.
A Park for Disc Golfers
The Clayton Disc Golf Course is an 18-hole disc golf course normally, though the front 9 holes will be out of commission until the fall of 2018. However, don’t let that deter you – the back 9 holes will still be in use all summer long. The entire course is 120 acres, and you can find it next to the Clayton Corporate Headquarters, as well as near Clayton Road. Signs are posted throughout the course to guide you, and green and blue baskets are available for long and short courses, respectively. Fore!
A Park for Dogs and Their Friends
Maryville’s first public dog park is the Petsafe Pistol Creek Dog Park, a park near McCammon Avenue that offers a pavilion and benches to those on two legs, and an acre and a half for those on four. The park is divided for safety reasons, with half an acre for smaller dogs, and a full acre for those larger breeds who need room to run. The park is also purpose-built, with waste stations, dogs-only water fountains, and an unleashing area. Parking is available nearby, with limited availability on McCammon, and a municipal lot and parking garage just a hop, skip, and a jump away.
A Park for Everyone
Sandy Springs Park has a little something to offer all kinds of park visitors. The 20-acre (linear) park in Maryville is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic outdoors, with a concession stand, 2 picnic areas with 14 tables, 5 charcoal grills, and a pavilion with 6 tables and a charcoal grill. Athletes can appreciate the 4 lit tennis courts, 2 lit basketball courts, 3 softball fields (2 are lit) as well as the fun of the Smoky Mountain Classic Softball Tournament, held there every July. There’s 1.7 miles of walking trails to stretch your legs, and 3 playgrounds kids can enjoy.
Whether you’ve found a great park to spend your summer or just an afternoon, don’t hesitate to visit the Blount County Parks & Rec website to check out even more parks and learn about how getting outside in Blount County can enrich your life!