Knoxville’s vast assortment of sporting and outdoor events provides a number of activities to keep you busy during the beautiful spring and summer months of East Tennessee.  You could enjoy the majesty of the mountains and the thrill of a baseball game all in one day.

Spectator Sports

Knoxville is home to several sports teams including the Knoxville Ice Bears, a member of the Southern Professional Hockey League, whose home games are held at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum in the heart of downtown Knoxville.  Led by General Manager Mike Murray and Head Coach Scott Hillman, the Ice Bears have established a large local fan base and bring in large crowds for all games. 

The Tennessee Smokies are a class AA baseball team and a member of the Southern League of Professional Baseball.  The Smokies, who are affiliated with the Chicago Cubs, play at Smokies Park in Sevierville, Tenn.

Knoxville is also home of the beloved University of Tennessee Volunteers.  Both the men’s and women’s athletic departments offer NCAA athletic programs including football, basketball, baseball, soccer, swimming and diving, track and field, golf, tennis, cross-country and volleyball.


Great weather-year-round – breezy springs, mild summers, and beautiful autumns – make Knoxville the perfect place to come for a weekend of golf.  There are 13 golf courses in Knox County and an additional 26 golf courses less than an hour away.  Enjoy a round and experience the beauty of the hills, lakes and rivers of East Tennessee.

Outdoor Recreation

Knoxville’s greatest attribute is the beauty of its great outdoors.  The stunning river valley surrounded on the west by the Cumberland Plateau and on the east by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers a wide variety of outdoor and recreational activities.  There are seven lakes, all within a 30-minute drive of Knoxville, which offer an abundance of recreational boating, skiing, fishing and other water sports.

The Hiawassee and Ocoee River State Parks offer kayaking, white-water rafting, backpacking and mountain biking.  And, don’t forget the amazing camping and hiking to be done in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Additionally, East Tennessee offers some of the best fishing and hunting anywhere.  From giant small-mouth bass and catfish to whitetail deer and wild boar, the area’s 19,000 miles of streams and 48,000 acres of recreational lakes create an environment rich in species and habitats.