Oak Ridge Greenways - Haw Ridge

Haw Ridge is one of the greenways in Oak Ridge that is used for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. It is an excellent location for looking for wildflowers!
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1 <strong>Haw Ridge</strong> is a multi-purpose area with 22 miles of trails for hiking, trail biking, and horseback riding. It is located on Edgemoor Road, east of Solway Park and Pellissippi Parkway. Look for this covered kiosk in the parking area. See...

Haw Ridge is a multi-purpose area with 22 miles of trails for hiking, trail biking, and horseback riding. It is located on Edgemoor Road, east of Solway Park and Pellissippi Parkway. Look for this covered kiosk in the parking area. See...

Haw Ridge is a multi-purpose area with 22 miles of trails for hiking, trail biking, and horseback riding. It is located on Edgemoor Road, east of Solway Park and Pellissippi Parkway. Look for this covered kiosk in the parking area. See the Oak Ridge Greenways link for more information and map http://www.cs.utk.edu/~dunigan/fohr/hawr-c1.jpg. map... 2981
2 Haw Ridge is located on a peninsula on Melton Hill Lake. There are nice views of the lake from many of the trails. Much to the dismay of many people in Oak Ridge, a developer wants to build a marina and a hotel in this area. I truly hope our city leade...

Haw Ridge is located on a peninsula on Melton Hill Lake. There are nice views of the lake from many of the trails. Much to the dismay of many people in Oak Ridge, a developer wants to build a marina and a hotel in this area. I truly hope our city leade...

Haw Ridge is located on a peninsula on Melton Hill Lake. There are nice views of the lake from many of the trails. Much to the dismay of many people in Oak Ridge, a developer wants to build a marina and a hotel in this area. I truly hope our city leaders don't allow every bit of flat, undeveloped land in town to be developed! A new, high-end neighborhood is being developed across the highway from this scene next to the Centennial Golf Course and another high-end neighborhood. 2335
3 This bridge is the beginning of the Haw Ridge trails.

This bridge is the beginning of the Haw Ridge trails.

This bridge is the beginning of the Haw Ridge trails. 2184
4 The trails at Haw Ridge are rated like ski slopes -- Green - easy; Blue - intermediate; Black - difficult. This is the Rock Garden Trail, rated a black trail.

The trails at Haw Ridge are rated like ski slopes -- Green - easy; Blue - intermediate; Black - difficult. This is the Rock Garden Trail, rated a black trail.

The trails at Haw Ridge are rated like ski slopes -- Green - easy; Blue - intermediate; Black - difficult. This is the Rock Garden Trail, rated a black trail. 2682
5 Haw Ridge is on a limestone outcropping. There are a lot of striated rock bands along the ridge.

Haw Ridge is on a limestone outcropping. There are a lot of striated rock bands along the ridge.

Haw Ridge is on a limestone outcropping. There are a lot of striated rock bands along the ridge. 2442
6 Cedar glades are found in dry, limestone areas. Many unique plants, such as Hoary Puccoon, Blazing Stars, False Aloe, and Pale Blue-eyed Grass grow in these habitats. Haw Ridge has several areas of cedar glades to explore.

Cedar glades are found in dry, limestone areas. Many unique plants, such as Hoary Puccoon, Blazing Stars, False Aloe, and Pale Blue-eyed Grass grow in these habitats. Haw Ridge has several areas of cedar glades to explore.

Cedar glades are found in dry, limestone areas. Many unique plants, such as Hoary Puccoon, Blazing Stars, False Aloe, and Pale Blue-eyed Grass grow in these habitats. Haw Ridge has several areas of cedar glades to explore. 2548
7 The north-facing trails of Haw Ridge are carpeted with wildflowers. During a hike on April 15 I counted 45 different kinds of flowers!  These flowers are Blue Phlox and Greek Valerian. Some of the other flowers I saw include: Lemon Trillium, Dwarf Lark...

The north-facing trails of Haw Ridge are carpeted with wildflowers. During a hike on April 15 I counted 45 different kinds of flowers! These flowers are Blue Phlox and Greek Valerian. Some of the other flowers I saw include: Lemon Trillium, Dwarf Lark...

The north-facing trails of Haw Ridge are carpeted with wildflowers. During a hike on April 15 I counted 45 different kinds of flowers! These flowers are Blue Phlox and Greek Valerian. Some of the other flowers I saw include: Lemon Trillium, Dwarf Larkspur, Wood Vetch, Hoary Puccoon, Robin's Plantain, Columbine, Perfoliate Bellwort, Pale Blue-eyed Grass, Rue Anemone, Early Meadow Rue, Blue Dogbane, Seneca Snakeroot and many more. Wow! 2296
8 A Dragonfly rests on a rock on the edge of "Dragonfly Pond" (my name for it). There were several dragonflies skimming over the pond that day.

A Dragonfly rests on a rock on the edge of "Dragonfly Pond" (my name for it). There were several dragonflies skimming over the pond that day.

A Dragonfly rests on a rock on the edge of "Dragonfly Pond" (my name for it). There were several dragonflies skimming over the pond that day. 2092
9 The trail on the east end of Haw Ridge begins where the old road ends. Park at the gate on Old Edgemoor Road, then walk down to the river.

The trail on the east end of Haw Ridge begins where the old road ends. Park at the gate on Old Edgemoor Road, then walk down to the river.

The trail on the east end of Haw Ridge begins where the old road ends. Park at the gate on Old Edgemoor Road, then walk down to the river. 2274
10 This narrow trail follows the river. It is a popular bicycle trail, so be on the lookout for cyclists while hiking.

This narrow trail follows the river. It is a popular bicycle trail, so be on the lookout for cyclists while hiking.

This narrow trail follows the river. It is a popular bicycle trail, so be on the lookout for cyclists while hiking. 2111
11 This was a lovely view of the cove from one of the east end trails at Haw Ridge.

This was a lovely view of the cove from one of the east end trails at Haw Ridge.

This was a lovely view of the cove from one of the east end trails at Haw Ridge. 2130
12 The East Ridge trail is rated blue or "intermediate".

The East Ridge trail is rated blue or "intermediate".

The East Ridge trail is rated blue or "intermediate". 2180
13 The tornado of 1993 took down a lot of trees when it hit the east end of Haw Ridge. Some of those trees are still around. Blowndown trees pull up large amounts of soil around the rootball, over thousands of years these blowdowns help turn   over the soil.

The tornado of 1993 took down a lot of trees when it hit the east end of Haw Ridge. Some of those trees are still around. Blowndown trees pull up large amounts of soil around the rootball, over thousands of years these blowdowns help turn over the soil.

The tornado of 1993 took down a lot of trees when it hit the east end of Haw Ridge. Some of those trees are still around. Blowndown trees pull up large amounts of soil around the rootball, over thousands of years these blowdowns help turn over the soil. 2157
14 This narrow bicycle trail goes up to the top of the ridge.

This narrow bicycle trail goes up to the top of the ridge.

This narrow bicycle trail goes up to the top of the ridge. 2235
15 It was late in the afternoon when we came across this small dock at the east end of Haw Ridge. This is TVA property.

It was late in the afternoon when we came across this small dock at the east end of Haw Ridge. This is TVA property.

It was late in the afternoon when we came across this small dock at the east end of Haw Ridge. This is TVA property. 2129
16 A beautiful fall reflection in Melton Hill Lake.

A beautiful fall reflection in Melton Hill Lake.

A beautiful fall reflection in Melton Hill Lake. 1975
17 Brilliant Sumac leaves in October.

Brilliant Sumac leaves in October.

Brilliant Sumac leaves in October. 1909
18 I got tangled up in a fallen barbed wire fence while I was taking these pictures. Fortunately, I didn't hurt my camera (or myself!) when I tumbled to the ground! I just couldn't resist getting a picture of these beautiful leaves.

I got tangled up in a fallen barbed wire fence while I was taking these pictures. Fortunately, I didn't hurt my camera (or myself!) when I tumbled to the ground! I just couldn't resist getting a picture of these beautiful leaves.

I got tangled up in a fallen barbed wire fence while I was taking these pictures. Fortunately, I didn't hurt my camera (or myself!) when I tumbled to the ground! I just couldn't resist getting a picture of these beautiful leaves. 2158
19 This slat bridge crosses a small creek along the trail at Haw Ridge.

This slat bridge crosses a small creek along the trail at Haw Ridge.

This slat bridge crosses a small creek along the trail at Haw Ridge. 2184
20 Take a lunch in your pack and enjoy the view of Melton Hill Lake from these picnic tables at Haw Ridge.

Take a lunch in your pack and enjoy the view of Melton Hill Lake from these picnic tables at Haw Ridge.

Take a lunch in your pack and enjoy the view of Melton Hill Lake from these picnic tables at Haw Ridge. 1937
21 These logs and boards show some of the trail repair methods used at Haw Ridge. Low areas get (and stay) muddy and are often damaged by bike tires, horses' hooves, and even hiking boots.

These logs and boards show some of the trail repair methods used at Haw Ridge. Low areas get (and stay) muddy and are often damaged by bike tires, horses' hooves, and even hiking boots.

These logs and boards show some of the trail repair methods used at Haw Ridge. Low areas get (and stay) muddy and are often damaged by bike tires, horses' hooves, and even hiking boots. 2230
22 The Annual 12-hour Mountain Bike Race at Haw Ridge attracted 187 riders in Oct. 2006. Many riders participated in 4-person relay teams, but some of the die-hard folks rode the entire race on their own.

The Annual 12-hour Mountain Bike Race at Haw Ridge attracted 187 riders in Oct. 2006. Many riders participated in 4-person relay teams, but some of the die-hard folks rode the entire race on their own.

The Annual 12-hour Mountain Bike Race at Haw Ridge attracted 187 riders in Oct. 2006. Many riders participated in 4-person relay teams, but some of the die-hard folks rode the entire race on their own. 2116
23 This race rider finished his lap of the 12-hour race with a little more than he started with! The day of the race was beautiful, but the day before was very wet, Oak Ridge got 2 inches of rain.

This race rider finished his lap of the 12-hour race with a little more than he started with! The day of the race was beautiful, but the day before was very wet, Oak Ridge got 2 inches of rain.

This race rider finished his lap of the 12-hour race with a little more than he started with! The day of the race was beautiful, but the day before was very wet, Oak Ridge got 2 inches of rain. 2072
24 Our son, Curtis, participated in the 12-hour mountain bike race at Haw Ridge in October 2006. I'm glad I don't do his laundry any more! :)

Our son, Curtis, participated in the 12-hour mountain bike race at Haw Ridge in October 2006. I'm glad I don't do his laundry any more! :)

Our son, Curtis, participated in the 12-hour mountain bike race at Haw Ridge in October 2006. I'm glad I don't do his laundry any more! :) 2246
25 These kids were having a blast stomping around in the mud at the end of the racecourse! I'll bet their mom had fun washing their clothes! :)

These kids were having a blast stomping around in the mud at the end of the racecourse! I'll bet their mom had fun washing their clothes! :)

These kids were having a blast stomping around in the mud at the end of the racecourse! I'll bet their mom had fun washing their clothes! :) 3648

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