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Live Like A Local: Hometown Spots That Only Knoxville Natives Know About

WRITTEN BY Sarah Williams

There are many interesting things to do in Knoxville, from fun shops to outdoor adventures. 

Here is a small list of a few locations that are not well known to non-Knoxville natives.

Maple Hall  

If you have a love for bowling, this business is for you. Located in downtown Knoxville, Maple Hall has a full bar, life size board games and a cocktail lounge. 

The best part? Located in the downstairs section of the building there are 11 bowling lanes. Maple Hall is a perfect place to hang out with some friends for a cheap price. Their lanes are $25 each an hour no matter how many friends you bring.

If you want to feel like a Knoxville native, make sure to check out Maple Hall here

The Bluffs 

Located right outside the Great Smoky Mountains, Knoxville is a beautiful area that has tons of hiking adventures. A local favorite is The Bluffs. Many natives come here to relax, study or just view their beautiful city. 

The Bluffs is a must for anyone who visits Knoxville. It offers a beautiful view that showcases our beautiful city. 

The entrance to the trail can be found here.

Backroads Market 

Imagine a cute coffee shop with cozy furniture, super cute stickers and lots of study room for you and some friends. Well, imagine no more. With Backroads Market, all of these things are available.

Located right off of Sutherland Avenue, Backroads is a quick drive from UT’s campus. It’s a perfect place to get lots of homework finished or to gather with friends, and it is also an antique shop.

With great coffee and snacks and an even greater staff, Backroads is a great Knoxville favorite. Find out more here.

Knoxville Botanical Gardens 

The Knoxville Botanical Gardens have been a fan favorite for nearly 200 years, and they are just as enjoyable today. Many Knoxville natives come here to escape their busy lives and have some one-on-one time with Mother Nature. 

From beautiful plants to butterfly-friendly flowers, these gardens have so many eye-catching plants. To make it even better, the gardens are free to visit.

To learn more, click here.  

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture

Whether you are a history buff or not, the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture is for you. As a part of the University of Tennessee’s campus, many students have heard of this museum, but many have never visited. 

There are many interesting permanent exhibitions such as the Ancient Egypt exhibit, an exhibit for the Native People of Tennessee and fossil history in Tennessee. There are also changing special exhibitions, so there is always more to learn. 

To learn more about the McClung Museum, click here.

These are just a couple of some amazing places to be found in Knoxville. Visit these places and more, and you will begin to understand what it feels like to be a Knoxville native.