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Mead's Quarry Park

Knoxville, Tennessee

based on 2 reviews


Added by Jared Beeler

This quarry offers amazing swimming and kayaking as well as photography.

This quarry is located near the Ijams Nature Center in South Knoxville. The quarry is right off of Island Home rd and has a large parking lot. The parking lot has about 30 spaces and about 50 spaces in overflow parking. There is a lot activities to do at the quarry. In the summer there is kayak and canoe rental provided by River Sports Outdoors. 

Swimming here is allowed year road however the water will get cold around September. During the summer there is on tap beer from the Yee-Haw Brewing Company. Around the quarry there is also a lot of hiking and biking trails. There is even a new mountain biking trail that was built in 2020. This area is great for photography and lots of outdoor activities. You can fish here if you have a state fishing license. There are a lot of giant blue gill and other various sunfish. If you are lucky you might see a fresh water jelly fish but do not worry they can not sting you. 

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Mead's Quarry Park Reviews

Mead's Quarry Lake is a perfect getaway that's located minutes from downtown Knoxville. With trails all around the lake and options for swimming, kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding and more, you have tons of options to explore while there. Take the trails around the park to get more unique views of this crystal clear man-made lake.

This was a huge disappointment. I had researched this before we came down to TN. No where in my research did it say this was a private quarry. You can only kayak there if you rent from Ijams. We were told to go down the road to the visitor center and we could put our kayaks in the river! We didn’t want the river we wanted quiet, still waters! If you have your own kayaks don’t go here ! Huge waste of our time!

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