The City of Gatlinburg Recreation Department recently completed construction of a greenway around the Rocky Top Sports World Complex and Mills Park, achieving the long-term goal of tying all the fields together with one unified walking trail.
“Since the planning phase of the sports complex, the City and Rocky Top staff have envisioned a walking trail to tie all the fields together,” said Mike Werner, Gatlinburg Mayor. “That vision has now become a reality.”
Designated as a joint project, Rocky Top Sports World provided the greenway signage, and City Parks and Recreation staff provided the labor. The paths provide visiting teams walking access to all the fields and an opportunity for residents to see the extent of the sports complex while enjoying outdoor exercise.
Both trails begin at Field One next to The Rock Indoor Facility. Marked by green and orange arrows, the two routes are different lengths. The Orange Route is a .4 mile paved loop around the Rocky Top parking lot.
At .8 mile, the Green Trail consists of paved walkways, a staircase and gravel paths. The trail runs beside Rocky Top fields one through three, passes Hammonds Field at Gatlinburg-Pittman High School and continues to Mills Park. From Mills Park, the trail loops back to the baseball field at Gatlinburg-Pittman High School and ends at Rocky Top Sports World. The Green Trail is closed to walkers from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. while school is in session.
Parking for the greenway is available at Rocky Top Sports World located off East Parkway at 1870 Sports World Boulevard.