Kingston Pike Walk in Knoxville (Self Guided), Knoxville

Since the 1790s Kingston Pike, located on Knoxville’s west side, has been the city’s major thoroughfare and commercial district, including many cultural, religious, food, entertainment and retail establishments. The following tour of Kingston Pike includes the thriving Bearden District, the center of Knoxville’s arts community.
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Kingston Pike Walk in Knoxville Map

Guide Name: Kingston Pike Walk in Knoxville
Guide Location: USA » Knoxville (See other walking tours in Knoxville)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 Km or 3 Miles
Author: Sandra
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Bennett Galleries
  • Ashe's Wines and Spirits
  • St. George Greek Orthodox Church
  • Heska Amuna Synagogue
  • Confederate Memorial Hall
  • Crescent Bend Armstrong Lockett House
  • Tyson Park
Bennett Galleries

1) Bennett Galleries

Located in the center of the Bearden District, Bennett Galleries was founded by Rick and Jeannie Bennett in 1996. This 35,000 square foot exhibition space for regional and international art formerly served as the Capri Cinema. Considered one of the best galleries in the Southeast, you will also find handmade jewelry, pottery, candles, ceramics and more. Featuring the contemporary art and sculptures of around 30 artists each month in a variety of styles, it is open Monday through Thursday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and admission is free.
Ashe's Wines and Spirits

2) Ashe's Wines and Spirits

J. Neil Ashe opened a small wine shop in 1968. The present shop continues the tradition to this day, offering an extensive liquor and wine collection, as well as an assortment of beers and champagne. The J. Neil Ashe Award is granted to the best food and wine. Its knowledgeable staff can assist with purchases and wine tasting is also available. Featuring discount prices regularly, it is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 9:30 pm, and Friday and Saturday from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm.
St. George Greek Orthodox Church

3) St. George Greek Orthodox Church

Established in 1915, the present St. George Greek Orthodox Church was constructed in 1968 and its altar sanctified in 1978. This brick structure with complex geometry is a fine example of Byzantine architecture. A complex of conjoined buildings topped with a large dome, inside you will find some of America’s finest Byzantine mosaics. This church has also been the site of the city’s annual Greek Festival since 1978.
Heska Amuna Synagogue

4) Heska Amuna Synagogue

Erected in 1890 for the city’s Orthodox Jewish community, Heska Amuna Synagogue’s membership grew immensely in the post-war years and was moved to Knoxville’s west side. The present synagogue on Kingston Pike Road, built in 1960, is typical of the Mid-Century Modern style, with an austere geometric design and conjoined parts. It features a lovely stained glass apse and fine exterior details.
Confederate Memorial Hall

5) Confederate Memorial Hall (must see)

The Confederate Memorial Hall is a Tuscan style mansion on the banks of the Tennessee River. Built in the 1850s, this antebellum mansion was once owned by the Armstrongs. Originally called Bleak House, from the Charles Dickens poem, it served as military headquarters during the siege of Knoxville in 1863. The United Daughters of the Confederacy purchased this house in 1959 and turned it into museum, housing a Confederate Memorial, chapter house and later a reception hall for weddings and other events. This elegant restored mansion is surrounded by lovely Roman gardens, beautifully designed fountains and ponds. Furnished with unique pieces, a wide assortment of paintings and a growing collection of old Southern Culture relics, tours are available Wednesday from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm.
Crescent Bend Armstrong Lockett House

6) Crescent Bend Armstrong Lockett House (must see)

The building is known as Crescent Bend because of its location on a bend of the Tennessee River. It is also known as the Armstrong-Lockett House, Longview and Logueval. Crescent Bend was built in 1834 by Drury Paine Armstrong, a farmer, merchant and public official who estimated that the house had cost him $5,517. The house was once the centerpiece of a 600-acre (2.4 square km) farm. Crescent Bend is a contributing property to the Kingston Pike Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The home is a traditional brick farmhouse. The home's contents include 18th century English and American furniture, decorative arts and silver. The property includes formal Italian gardens with nine terraces and five fountains. The house and gardens are open to the public.

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Tyson Park

7) Tyson Park

Tyson Park, located near the University of Tennessee campus, occupies 27 acres and is a part of the Third Creek Greenway. It houses several recreational facilities, including tennis grounds and softball fields, gazebos, restrooms and space for special events. It also includes a playground and an obstacle course for children. Since 2007 it has become a favorite place for local skateboarders.

Walking Tours in Knoxville, Tennessee

Create Your Own Walk in Knoxville

Create Your Own Walk in Knoxville

Creating your own self-guided walk in Knoxville is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Family Tour in Knoxville

Family Tour in Knoxville

Downtown Knoxville is the best place to take a lovely daytime stroll. The following tour of attractions includes children’s favorites the Candy Factory and Fort Kid and several other family-oriented landmarks and entertainment venues.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Downtown Knoxville Walk

Downtown Knoxville Walk

Knoxville is home to many historic and cultural attractions, places of interest including World’s Fair Park, Market Square, Gay Street, stunning skyscrapers, the Convention Center and more. Take the following tour to become better acquainted with the best sites Knoxville Downtown has to offer.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 Km or 2.9 Miles
University of Tennessee Walk

University of Tennessee Walk

The University of Tennessee in Knoxville, located in downtown’s west end, draws many visitors to the city. Founded in 1794 as William Blount College, nowadays it covers 550 acres, including over 200 buildings and a faculty of more than 1,400. Take the following tour to discover UTK’s best attractions.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Places of Worship in Knoxville

Places of Worship in Knoxville

Knoxville is home to over 450 churches of many religious denominations. Situated at the core of the Bible Belt, many of them are Protestant. The following tour highlights the city’s most impressive religious sites, including Knoxville’s first churches and other historically significant ones.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 Km or 2.2 Miles
Knoxville’s Historic Buildings

Knoxville’s Historic Buildings

Knoxville County is home to nearly 100 listed historic properties and districts, representing the area’s prestigious and rich history. Check out the following tour of the most prominent historic and architectural gems Knoxville has to offer.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Museums Walk in Knoxville

Museums Walk in Knoxville

Knoxville offers an amazing collection of fascinating museums that highlight the cultural development and history of the region, honoring local achievements in sports, civic development and the arts. Take the following tour to discover some of Knoxville’s best museums.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.2 Km or 4.5 Miles