Knoxville Iowa known as the Sprint Car Capital of the World is located in the central portion of Iowa and close to the Red Rock Area – home of Iowa’s largest lake. Knoxville is also the birthplace of the Iowa flag!
If you enjoy racing, Knoxville is the home of the legendary Knoxville Raceway. The dirt track features some of the fastest side-by-side racing you will ever see. The Knoxville Raceway provides high quality racing and memories that will last a lifetime for fans of all ages. The Raceway has 52 luxury suites aand seating for 25,000. It is not uncommon for Tony Stewart or Kasey Kahne to stop by and join a race now and then at the half-mile oval track at the Knoxville Raceway.
The Knoxville Sprint Car Nationals take center stage in the racing world for eight days each August. During this racing championship, visitors from all over the world come to Knoxville not only to enjoy great racing, but also to enjoy our friendly atmosphere. Fans enjoy the National’s parade and three days of Bizarre Bazaar, a huge art and craft fair – not to mention great local food and hospitality.
If you are looking for a quiet retreat to enjoy nature and exciting recreational fun for the whole family, Lake Red Rock has just what you are looking for. Lake Red Rock has nature, walking, biking, and equestrian trails that can’t be found elsewhere. In addition, boating, swimming, sailing, kayaking, fishing, and hunting are just some more of the adventures you can experience. The Red Rock Area serves as habitat to a broad spectrum of wildlife including many of our feathered friends. The area is a prime location for migratory birds including bald eagles, white pelicans, gulls, ducks, geese, turkey vultures, trumpeter swans, songbirds, and owls. There are several prime bird viewing areas located within the Red Rock Area.
In addition to racing and recreation, Knoxville has several fine arts opportunities for individuals to get involved in the community. Organizations such as the Arts Alliance, Knoxville Area Community Theatre, and Red Rock Retro Radio Theatre all provide great opportunities to showcase your talents.
Being the birthplace of the Iowa flag, Knoxville also boasts an amount of history. Located on the downtown Knoxville square is the majestic Richardson-Romanesque style Marion County Courthouse. The courthouse was constructed in 1896 and in recent years has undergone a $2 million renovation project. The courtrooms are some of the most extraordinary in the state of Iowa.
Located on the south grounds of Knoxville Hospital & Clinics is the Bessie Spaur Butterfly Garden. The garden was created in honor of Bessie Spaur, a lifelong Knoxville resident and avid gardener, and is maintained by the Knoxville Federated Garden Club. The Bessie Spaur Butterfly Garden is a beautiful location for weddings, reunions, or just a walk through nature.Other Community Highlights:
Other Community Highlights:
- Top notch school sytem – featuring two elementary schools, a middle school and high school
- Many churches of all denominations
- Public library
- Several parks and athletics fields
- Two immediate nursing homes and one assisted living nursing home
- Weekly newspaper, Knoxville Journal Express
- 9-hole private golf and country club
- Excellent recreation center that offers exercise and recreation