Located in East Knox County, Tennessee, Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge encompasses 360 acres adjacent to the French Broad River. Though designated as a wildlife sanctuary, the property offers recreational opportunities to the public, including:
Seven Islands is managed jointly by Knox County Parks and Recreation and the Seven Islands Foundation. Nora Hassell, is the active Lands Manager, who facilitates the canoe and kayak rentals. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 318-3591.
With access to the French Broad River and several wooded islands and small inlets, the aquatic and riparian habitats support an impressive diversity of wildlife species. Research projects, conducted by organizations like The University of Tennessee and the Tennessee Ornithological Society are ongoing at Seven Islands. Thirteen projects are currently underway.
Visitors are encouraged to obey the following regulations:
All other Knox County Parks and Recreation rules and guidelines will be enforced. www.knoxcounty.org/parks/rules_regulations.php
Because this is a natural wildlife habitat, visitors are encouraged to be aware of the dangers of certain species, e.g., coyotes.
Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge - 2809 Kelly Lane 37914 (Take I-40 East to Exit #402, Midway Rd. – turn right on to Midway Rd. toward Three Rivers Golf Course, pass Curtis Rd and Smith School Rd. intersections, follow the green “Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge” signs, turn left on to Maples Rd, turn right at the intersection with Kodak Rd, turn left on to Kelly Lane at the large, white Bethel Church. Kelly Lane takes you to the gate.)