Introduction to Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Oak Ridge, Tennessee, in Anderson county, is 19 miles W of Knoxville, Tennessee and 137 miles S of Lexington, Kentucky. The city is part of the Knoxville metropolitan statistical area. About 27,387 people live in Oak Ridge.
Oak Ridge History
Archaeological discoveries from 1930 have established that the area was inhabited from approximately 1000 B.C. onwards. The first European settlers came during the 1700’s. Throughout the 1800’s, Oak Ridge remained a loose settlement of rural farming communities. The city as it is now was founded in 1942. It was officially incorporated in 1959.
Oak Ridge and nearby Attractions
- Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge
- American Museum of Science and Energy
- Haw Ridge Park
- Southern Appalachia Railway Museum
- Concorde Park
Things To Do In Oak Ridge
Oak Ridge has numerous parks, including Haw Ridge Park and Concorde Park, which offer visitors various outdoor recreational opportunities. The Zuma Fun Center and the Mayor Bob Leonard Park are in the area as well.
Oak Ridge Transportation
McGhee Tyson Airport is nearby.
Oak Ridge Higher Education
Facilities for higher education are available from Roane State Community College, The University of Tennessee, Pellissippi State Technical Community College, and Carson-Newman College.