Hikes & Blooms

Whether on a greenway through a historic park or on a natural trail through the woods, you will observe historic relics and beautiful wildflowers among the dogwood trees on these easy, four-mile hikes. The interactive hikes will highlight interesting facts, features, and flora in the unique locations. Hikers should wear comfortable clothing and bring any water or snacks you might need. Pre-registration as noted.


 

Covenant Health is the official health and fitness sponsor of Dogwood Arts and they are pleased to present a limited edition patch to folks who want to take steps toward better health and fitness on Dogwood Walking Trails. Log 26 miles on the trails during April and May, and receive a special patch to wear or display with pride. Don’t forget to snap some pictures while you’re on the trail, and share them on Covenant Health’s Facebook page! Sign up today and start logging your miles to earn this limited edition Covenant Health Dogwood Patch! More information available HERE.

2018 Hikes


 

Missy Kane, Covenant Health fitness expert, will lead three guided hikes this season. Whether on a greenway through a historic park or on a natural trail through the woods, observe beautiful wildflowers among the dogwood trees on these guided hikes. The interactive hikes will highlight interesting facts, features, and flora in each unique location.

Space is limited so please call (865)541-4500 to reserve your spot.

Friday, April 6th at 9:30AM

East Lakeshore Trail, Mizell Bluff off Jackson Bend (off 321)

Highway 95, Tellico

5-6 mile hike

 

Tuesday, April 10th at 11:15AM

Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum

2743 Wimpole Avenue, Knoxville, 37914

Yoga warm-up, 1.5 mile hike and brown bag lunch

 

Friday, May 4th at 9:30AM

Obed Wild & Scenic River Park, Point Trail

208 N Maiden Street, Wartburg, 37887

4 mile hike. Meet at the Obed office in Wartburg.

Additional Guided Hikes

Monday, April 9th at 9:45AM

Songbird Trail, Norris State Park

2121 Norris Hwy, Norris, 37705

Happy Hiker’s Carlene LeCompte & Brenda Therry leading an easy 2.5-mile wildflower hike

 

Saturday, April 14th at 10:30AM

Seven Islands Birding State Park  

2809 Kelly Lane, Knoxville, 37914

Ranger Bailey Smith will lead a hike. To sign up email Bailey.smith@tn.gov or call (865) 660-0282. Meet at the main parking lot.

 

Friday, April 20th at 2PM

Ijams Nature Center

2915 Island Home Avenue, Knoxville, 37920

Meet Ijams Senior Naturalist Stephen Lyn Bales at the old Ijams homestead (far left of Ijams property) for an easy 3-mile wildflower/history walk

 

Saturday, April 28th at 10AM

Panther Creek State Park, Trout Lily Trail

2010 Panther Creek Road, Morristown, 37814

 Panther Creek Rangers will lead a 2-mile moderate hike with many spring flowers to enjoy. Meet at boat ramp parking area. Wear hiking shoes and bring water. For more information, you can contact the PC office at (423) 587-7046.

 

Thursday, May 10th at 5:30PM

Ten Mile Creek Greenway

200 N. Peters Rd, Knoxville, 37923

Meet Smoky Mountain Hiking Club’s Cindy Spangler for a 4-5-mile easy walk. Parking available east of Wyndsong Theatre. Email Cindy Spangler for more information spangler@utk.edu 

 

Saturday, May 12th at 10AM

Panther Creek State Park, Point Lookout Trail

2010 Panther Creek Road, Morristown, 37814

 Panther Creek Rangers will lead a 2.5-mile moderate/hilly hike with many spring flowers to enjoy. Meet at the Spoon Picnic Pavilion. Wear hiking shoes and bring water. For more information, you can contact the PC office at (423) 587-7046.

 

Friday, May 18th at 9:30AM

East Lakeshore Trail, Mizell Bluff off Jackson Bend (off 321)

200 Dohi Drive Loudon Tn 37774

Tellico Village’s Simon Bradbury will lead a hike around several new trails in the village. Meet at the Wellness Center. Contact sbradbury@tvpoa.org for more information.

 

Thursday, May 24th at 9:30AM

Chestnut Top/The Sinks/Schoolhouse Gap Trails

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, 37738

The Happy Hikers will lead a 7.6-mile hike. Meet at the Townsend Wye/Chestnut Top Trailhead. The hike is rated moderate to strenuous. For questions and to RSVP please email CarrieRoller at crhands1@gmail.com

 

Saturday, May 26th at 8AM

Ace Gap Trail

Townsend, TN 37882

Steve Dunkin from the Smoky Mountain Hiking Club will lead an 11-mile round-trip hike starting at the Rich Mountain Gap and continuing along the crest of the mountain to Beard Cane Trail. The hike is rated moderate to strenuous due to distance involved. Contact Steve with questions at (865) 202-3286 or jsdunkin@roaneschools.com.

 

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