University of Tennessee Walk, Knoxville (Self Guided)

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.
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University of Tennessee Walk Map

Guide Name: University of Tennessee Walk
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: 3.1 km
Author: Sandra
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Ayres Hall

1) Ayres Hall (must see)

This landmark is named after Brown Ayres, a UTK president, dedicated to his contribution to the institution’s development. Ayres Hall, built around 1920, dominates the campus landscape and is one of the Knoxville’s tallest structures. Designed in the Collegiate Gothic architectural style common to a number of early 19th century university campuses, this tower has become a recognizable landmark of the University of Tenessee.
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Neyland Stadium

2) Neyland Stadium

Neyland Stadium, the central attraction of the UT campus with over 100,000 seats, is the third largest stadium in the U.S. Named after General Robert Neyland, the former athletic director and coach, it was built in 1921. It has been extended several times throughout the years. This magnificent structure features a stunning brick archway, a bronze statue of Neyland, a 4,500 square foot scoreboard and the original orange and white checkerboard end zone. It also houses the UT's Department of Anthroplogy. This stadiums hosts a variety of large events in addition to college and professional football games.
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Volunteer Statue and Circle Park

3) Volunteer Statue and Circle Park

Around 1930 funds were allocated to host a contest to create a sculpture capturing the spirit and ideals of the University of Tennessee. Theodore A. Beck, a student of the Yale School of Fine Arts, designed this winning statue of a man bearing a torch. His nine foot Volunteer Statue was cast and placed in Circle Park in 1968. Circle Park is a green space flanked by the UT’s Communications and University Extension buildings.
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John C. Hodges Library

4) John C. Hodges Library

This remarkable building accommodates the University of Tennessee’s main library. Named after John C. Hodges, honored scholar and library patron, the original building constructed in 1969 is at the core of the present one built in 1987. This six-story building houses the Special Collections department, a studio, administrative offices and an auditorium. Its collection consists of over two million books, periodicals, microfiche, multimedia materials and more. It also has permanent exhibitions of art on the lower floor.
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University Pedestrian Mall

5) University Pedestrian Mall

The University Pedestrian Mall connects Hodges Library and the Humanities Department. This granite walkway features an amphitheater, green space and the UT seal. Formerly named the Joe Johnson and John Ward University Mall, this walkway is the site of several major university events.
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Clarence Brown Theatre and Carousel Theatre

6) Clarence Brown Theatre and Carousel Theatre (must see)

Clarence Brown Theatre, built in 1970 as a non-profit venue of the UT Department of Theatre, features a variety of plays each season, sometimes including famous guest artists. It also houses the small Lab Theatre for experimental performances. Next door, the smaller Carousel Theatre is a round venue with mobile seats, the first of its kind.
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University of Tennessee Gardens

7) University of Tennessee Gardens (must see)

The University of Tennessee Gardens, adjacent to the UT Institute of Agriculture, was founded in 1983 by the Department of Plant Sciences, with an additional location in Jackson, Tennessee. This horticultural garden is an open laboratory and an All American Selections test site for the study of geologic compositions and a variety of flora. It offers free admission, guided tours and sometimes special events.

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.
Kingston Pike Walk in Knoxville

Kingston Pike Walk in 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.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 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
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
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: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
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
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

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.