Kingston Pike Walk in Knoxville, 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: 9
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 km
Author: Sandra
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Hanson Gallery

1) Hanson Gallery

Founded in 1988, the Hanson Gallery is a 5,000 square foot exhibition space for art, divided into paintings and sculpture. It specializes in acclaimed artists from the Southeast, including displays of handcrafted jewelery, ceramics and more. This gallery also offers framing and restoration services. A great place to shop for original art at reasonable prices, it is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission is free.
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Bennett Galleries

2) 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.
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Cosmo's Caffe at Gourmet's Market

3) Cosmo's Caffe at Gourmet's Market

Cosmo's Caffe, located in the popular Gourmet's Market, serves the finest coffee and tea, pastries, specialty drinks and a large selection of beer. Large and beautifully laid out, it is decorated with original works of art. Its menu includes delicious sandwiches made with premium meats and cheeses, soups, salads and more, using products found in the market. Business hours are Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, Saturday from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm, and Sunday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.
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Ashe's Wines and Spirits

4) 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 9:00 pm, and Friday and Saturday from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm.
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St. George Greek Orthodox Church

5) 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.
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Heska Amuna Synagogue

6) 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.
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Confederate Memorial Hall

7) 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 through Friday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
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Crescent Bend Armstrong Lockett House

8) 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

9) 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
Art Walk in Knoxville

Art Walk in Knoxville

Art lovers will discover Knoxville full of creativity, with beautiful artwork on display at multiple galleries and the Knoxville Museum of Art. South Gay Street is home to several museums, art venues and shops specializing in local art. Take the following tour to explore Knoxville as eastern Tennessee’s cultural hub.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Downtown Knoxville Orientation Walk

Downtown Knoxville Orientation 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
Knoxville's Coffee Shops

Knoxville's Coffee Shops

If you’re searching for relaxation and a cup of great coffee, Knoxville’s Old Town offers several coffee shops. You can enjoy not only coffee, but also baked goods and perhaps some good conversation. Take the following tour to visit some of Knoxville’s best coffee shops.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Nightlife in Knoxville

Nightlife in Knoxville

Knoxville is home to many great bars and clubs to hang out, many of them concentrated in the Old Town district. Take the following tour to discover some of the most vibrant places in the city, including the Sapphire, Hanna's Café, Patrick Sullivan's, Preservation Pub and more.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
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: 3.8 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Knoxville for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Knoxville has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Knoxville, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.