Some days there seems to be more to do than we can get done, certainly more than we can get done and also got for a hike. But on those days we still want to get a little exercise so we choose the Maryville Greenway.
The Greenway is roughly a 4 mile paved path which winds its way around the city, in and out of several parks and neighborhoods. There are several parking areas along the length of the Greenway, making access convenient from all areas of town. The closest parking area to our home is less than 2 miles away. That’s a big advantage on those busy days when we’re out just for the exercise.
We usually start our walk at one of the local parks. I like doing that because the parking lots are large and there is also a restroom--a handy thing both at the beginning and at the end of a walk.
For our most recent walk, we started at Sandy Springs Park and walked to the end of the Greenway at Foothills School. That section was one and a quarter miles each way. After we got back to Sandy Springs Park we were not quite ready to stop so walked another mile in the opposite direction then back for a total of 4.5 miles.
|Not a mountain view, but nice nevertheless.|
The Greenway makes a couple small circles in various places and even a figure eight at the Greenbelt Park in downtown Maryville, but it is basically a linear trail. Being new to town, we usually do an out and back route, but that’s not necessary. Most of the major streets around town have sidewalks making many options for loop routes.
Then there is the Greenway for the city of Alcoa. Their Greenway joins Maryville so I guess the proper name would be Maryville-Alcoa Greenway. There are 5 miles of trail in Alcoa, with additional miles planned. We have many choices for exercise walks on busy chore days.
That’s all for now. Thanks for tagging along.