Persimmon Ridge Park has hiking trails, campground, playground, basketball court, ball field, and disc golf. This is also where Wetlands Water Park is located. To me, the best place to pick up the hiking trails is on the other side of the water park.
We hiked 2 trails today. We hiked John’s Trail and Luke’s Trail. We saw Walter’s Trail, but it went up into the woods and was very muddy. Bypassed that one. I also read that there is a Browning Trail, but never saw a sign for it.
From the parking area, we walked to the right of the picnic shelter and took the boardwalk path. After maybe 1/10 of a mile, you come to where you have to go left or right. I believe this is John’s Trail. I’ve seen on the internet that this trail is recorded as 7/10 of a mile long, and I’ve also seen that it’s 1 mile long. It doesn’t look very steep at all as you start walking on this pathway to the right. But, it does get your heart pumping. You eventually come to the end where you go right or left. We took off to the left. This takes you to the water tower. On the way up, you get a slight view of the mountains through the bushes. Probably can’t see the mountains when the leaves are on the bushes. Again, a little of a heart pumper. We then headed back down the hill, but didn’t turn right and head back the way we came from. We continued straight which brings you almost out to the highway. Before arriving at the highway, you make a u-turn and walk by a tiny creek and come to a ball field. At this point we are ready to check out Luke’s Trail. We took off towards the water park, and took a paved trail behind it back to the picnic shelter beside of the boardwalk. We took the boardwalk again, but when we got to the end this time, we turned left. It’s a very short walk to a boardwalk that takes you to the left. This is Luke’s trail.
I’ve seen on the internet that Luke’s Trail is 7/10 of a mile long. I’ve seen that it’s 1.3 miles long. This is a huffer and a puffer. After you cross the bridge, you head up and up. You come to where the power lines cross, and you have a great view of the mountains on one side. On the other side, you have a view of the parking area and you can see John’s Trail on the hill on the other side. Are you done huffing and puffing if you continue on? Oh, no. You have a bit to go. You eventually get to the top. Feels like forever. You soon head down the other side that has switchbacks. It wasn’t bad going down. We did come to one spot where it was a little tricky with the footing. But, we were careful and eventually made it to the bottom. We came out at a playground. We then walked out to the road that goes back up to the water park, took a left onto the paved path that goes behind the water park, and finally to the car.
Here are a few photos from today.
Address for GPS: 1523 Persimmon Ridge Road, Jonesborough, TN
Boardwalk and creek
We’ve turned right off of the boardwalk onto John’s Trail. Looks pretty flat, but up ahead you huff and puff some.
We’ve just made a u-turn and are now headed up to the water tower
At one spot, we captured this view of the mountains
On the way to water tower. Looks like someone’s hunting tree stand.
We’re almost to the water tower
As we’re headed back down, captured this view of parking area and water park
As we’re heading back towards the water park to walk Luke’s Trail, you have this pretty land, that actually holds a disc golf course
Steve coming up the walkway behind the water park
Boardwalk trailhead for Luke’s Trail
You can barely see the trail, but it’s up, up, up, here
At the gap where the power lines cross. View of the mountains.
And you turn around, and have this view back towards John’s Trail