Volunteer Landing Attractions
Riverfront fun - it doesn't get any better!
Welcome to Volunteer Landing, a place to walk, run, play, get wet, or just sit and enjoy.
Volunteer Landing runs parallel with Tennessee River to create a beautiful riverfront Park. Visitors to the Park can enjoy fishing, biking, and other water sports and activities while here. The River is a site to see during UT home football games. The Vol Navy lines the River along Volunteer Landing to create a sea of orange full of fun and excitement to cheer on the home team.
Each year in September, around 400,000 Knoxville residents and visitors from surrounding counties come to together at the riverfront for the largest Labor Day fireworks show in the southern United States, Boomsday.
The Volunteer Landing play fountains consist of several interactive geysers for splashing and getting wet and three waterfalls for scenic beauty. There are picnic tables, a playground, a marina, a restaurant, and several nearby to round out you fun day at the Landing.
We hope you enjoy the play fountains and the many other features of the Landing. We only ask that you play safely and help us keep Volunteer Landing clean. On rare occasions, the fountains are used as a photographic backdrop and users may be asked to vacate the area. However, this is usually for a very short period of time and as soon as the photographs are taken the fountain reopens.
The fountains are a very complex set of water features that sometimes requires them to be shut down for maintenance. While we try to keep this down time to a minimum, we have experienced mechanical issues with the pumps that make this necessary.
For all other questions pertaining to Volunteer Landing, including birthday parties at the fountains, please call 865-251-6861.
As visitors make their way down Volunteer Landing, they will find various quotations, stories, and anecdotes along the way revealing the fascinating history of the area. These features can be found on the stones and pavers in the landscape, surprising the reader as they discover etched text on the Tennessee marble and limestone. There are also spyglasses along the way that incorporates a visual picture in its viewing lens and brief written history of the scene contained in the window. Guests should bring their scavenger-hunting skills with them when visiting the Park!
The landscape of Volunteer Landing underscores Knoxville's regional position near the Great Smoky Mountains and includes plants that are emblematic of Knoxville. In every season plantings offer a variety of color, form and character. Evergreen trees and shrubs display varied textures and shades of green in winter. Spring comes alive in the park with such blooming favorites as Dogwood, Redbud, Rhododendron, Azalea and Forsythia. In summer there are opportunities to enjoy the sun or rest in the shade of the trees. In autumn the park is aglow with red, yellow, and orange foliage.
Volunteer Landing River Walk
Paved, handicapped accessible walkway is provided along the Tennessee River waterfront, allowing visitors to enjoy the natural beauty of the area. The walk begins at the University of Tennessee's Rowing Team's Boathouse and continues down and around the Calhoun's on the River Restaurant, past the Tennessee Riverboat, over the bridge to the Marina, and on to Ned McWhorter Park. The walk provides an east-west greenway that joggers, walkers or the casual stroller can enjoy while viewing the scenery and water features along the way.
The Neyland Greenway stretches 3.0 miles beginning at bridge over First Creek, continues west along the Tennessee River, and to end at the UT Faculty Club. It encompasses the Volunteer Landing River Walk and connects to the James White, Volunteer Landing, and Third Creek Greenways. It is used for walking, running, bicycling, walking leashed dogs, skating, pushing strollers, using wheelchairs, and roller blading. On a home game day, the Neyland Greenway becomes a sea of orange as many Vol fans use it to walk to Neyland Stadium for football games. It is also part of the City of Knoxville's CrossKnox 15k Race, which runs from Haley Heritage Square in East Knoxville all the way to Bearden Elementary School in West Knoxville.