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DOGWOOD TRAILS (NORTH)

HALLS/TIMBERLINE, FOUNTAIN CITY, NORTH HILLS

Knoxville’s iconic dogwood trails date back to 1955 and today cover more than 85 miles in 12 neighborhoods throughout the city. Take a drive, a walk, or a bike ride and enjoy the scenic natural beauty of our region! Follow the pink lines that are painted along the trail and let them guide you through spectacular Open Gardens and breathtaking Camera Sites in each neighborhood!

Open Garden = get out of the car and enjoy a stroll through the garden

Camera Site = photos only, please do not enter the property

NORTH HILLS

2.8 Miles | Trail begins at 1999 North Hills BLVD (37917)

Grand gardens, wide boulevards, tall hardwoods, greenways, parks and unique architecture best describe “North Hills”. From its beginning in 1927, North Hills has been a unique, one-of-a-kind setting for classic homes. The original 185-acre tract was developed by George, Carl and Hugh Fielden into approximately 250 residential lots for custom-built homes. Since the neighborhood was approximately 2 miles from the streetcar line on 6th Avenue, the North Hills Corporation ran a private bus service for neighborhood families until the city provided a similar service. By 1928, forty three homes were built and restrictive covenants were established to protect the area characteristics. Under those restrictions, homes of Craftsman, Colonial Revival, Foursquare, Spanish Colonial Revival, Bungalow, Italian Renaissance, English Cottage, Neoclassical, and Minimal Traditional were built. Most of the homes include brick, marble, stucco, and other Tennessee native stone in their construction. The first home was the brick Colonial-Revival styled two-story at 1929 North Hills Blvd. By 1933, seventy five homes had been built along the North Hills, North Park and Fountain Park Boulevards and its adjoining streets. During the late 1940s and 1950s, ranch style homes were added to the neighborhood. In 1935, The North Hills Garden Club was established and remains an active partner in the neighborhood today. The North Hills Dogwood Trail and neighborhood gardens attract much interest during the annual Dogwood Arts Festival each spring. Many well-known individuals who have lived in North Hills include James Bondurant, the Cazana family, John Stair, Cas Walker, Patricia Neal, TVA executives, professors, doctors, attorneys, and of course, the three Fielden families. In 2008, about 130 homes and 50 acres along the three boulevards were designated a historic district in the National Register of Historic Places. Washington Pike is the northern boundary of the neighborhood with Cecil Avenue being the southern boundary. Interstates 40 and 640 are just a few blocks away with the city bus line available to the neighborhood. This historic neighborhood of tree lined lanes, classic styled homes and magnificent gardens offers a peaceful and serene setting for its residents. 

OPEN GARDENS & CAMERA SITES

  • Lloyd Ronnie King 

    • Open garden

    • 1629 North Hills Boulevard, 37917

    • Gardens feature over 229 mature dogwoods, azaleas, hydrangeas, Japanese Maples and boxwoods along with wildflowers, perennials and tulips.

  • Michael Peters & Stuart Mitchell 

    • Camera Site 

    • 2969 Kenilworth Lane, 37917

  • Roy & Sally Wilcox 

    • Camera Site 

    • 3008 Fountain Park Boulevard, 37917

    • Property features a large grouping of dogwoods and abundant azaleas.

  • Robert Claytor

    • Camera Site 

    • 3033 Fountain Park Boulevard, 37917

  • Stephanie & Art Clancy, III

    • Camera Site

    • 1816 North Hills Boulevard, 37917

  • Steve & Eleanor Kilpatrick

    • Camera Site

    • 1927 N Hills Boulevard, 37917

FOUNTAIN CITY EAST

5.5 Miles | Established in 1957 | Trail begins at 2800 Gibbs Drive (37918)

Welcome to the Garden Side of the Fountain City Dogwood Trail, where spring comes a little later and lingers longer. Because of Fountain City’s high elevation, dogwood blossoms often are just opening here when other Trails have passed their peak. The Garden Side of the Trail begins on Historic Gibbs Drive, the definition of a story-book neighborhood, noted since the early 1920’s for its double row of pink dogwoods, many of which have been commercially grafted to produce their bright pink color. With its linear street pattern, broad sidewalks, and spacious façade lawns, this Historic Neighborhood District reflects the characteristics of an early streetcar and automobile suburb in Knoxville.

 

The houses are mainly Craftsman in style but all are unique featuring bungalows, Minimal Traditional, and four squares, an outstanding example of the early twentieth century tread away from elaborate Victorian-era styles to a more simplified appearance. Continue down Jacksboro Pike to stone columns which mark the entrance into another historic neighborhood. Harrill Hills dates back to the early 1920’s and is an interesting mix of architectural styles including everything from stone cottages to mid-century ranchers. This charming neighborhood enjoys lots of mature trees with beautiful gardens around every corner. 

Colorful plantings of mature azaleas, perennials, and wildflowers are abundant along Garden Drive and Dogwood, Crestwood, and Briarcliff Roads. 

The Trail climbs halfway up the steep side of Black Oak Ridge to enter Beverly Acres, where handsome houses blend into their forest setting and acid-loving azaleas flourish in the rich woodland loam. Be on the lookout for the lovely “weeping dogwood” which is unique to the Knoxville area. Its slender, pliant branches sweep down from the top of the trunk. Wherever it chooses to grow, a weeping dogwood must be left undisturbed; it cannot be transplanted. Enjoy the blooms along Garden Drive; a street that really earns its name!
 

The route continues across Broadway at Hotel onto the Panoramic side of the trail.
 

OPEN GARDENS & CAMERA SITES

  • Bill & Ginger Baxter

    • Open Garden

    • 3901 Sam Cooper Road, 37918

    • Twenty acres of beautiful gardens feature an Azalea Garden filled with rhododendrons, camellias, and mountain laurel. The Dogwood Ramble blooms with over 300 dogwood trees of 30+ varieties.

  • Todd & Betty Wiesenberg

    • Camera Site

    • 5101 Angeles Drive, 37918

  • Central Baptist Fountain City Prayer Garden

    • Open Garden

    • 5634 N. Broadway St., 37918

    • The Central Baptist Prayer Garden offers a sacred space for respite and reflection, with stone benches facing a large wooden cross.  The young garden features dogwoods, azaleas, rhododendrons, boxwoods, ferns, and hydrangeas, with accent lighting enhancing the beautiful landscape in the evening hours.  The site provides ample parking, and visitors should enter from Lynnwood Drive.

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FOUNTAIN CITY WEST

8.9 Miles | Established in 1957 | Trail Begins at 100 Hotel Road (37918)

The Panoramic Side of the Fountain City Dogwood Trail begins and ends in a historic area.  Fountain City Park located on the right is a community favorite. A clear spring, for which Fountain City is named, bubbles out of a steep cliff of solid rock behind the park.


In the 1890’s the area around this spring developed into a popular resort.  Gresham Junior High School (on the left) occupies the site of a large hotel that was surrounded by cottages and annexes.  Vacationers reached the resort from Knoxville on a dummy-line railroad with open side cars pulled by a miniature steam engine.  By the time the hotel burned early in the 1900’s, Fountain City had grown into a prosperous community connected to downtown Knoxville by an inter-urban trolley line.


The trail is abundant with pink and white dogwoods as it meanders up the hillside to offer the first glimpse of a panoramic view from Black Oak Ridge across the city to the distant Smoky Mountains. The pink lines guide you through the neighborhood for a peek at ‘Belcaro’, an imposing Italianate villa once referred to as ‘The Crown Jewel of Black Oak Ridge’ which was built in the 1920’s by John Hugh L. McClung.
 

As you continue, the route skirts the western brow of Black Oak Ridge where charming homes framed by dogwoods continue into a heavily wooded valley, known as Sherwood Forest.  Enjoy another look at those panoramic views of the mountains before winding down from the heights of the ridge to the early day resort and Fountain City Lake. 

OPEN GARDENS & CAMERA SITES

  • Fountain City Elementary School 

    • Camera Site

    • 2910 Montbelle Drive, 37918

    • Dogwoods, redbuds, and kwanzan cherry trees, along with spring-blooming bulbs surround the school.

  • Doug & Oda Wyatt 

    • Camera Site

    • 5901 Parkdale Road, 37912

  • Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel & Crematory 

    • Open Garden & Camera Site 

    • 5301 Fountain Road, 37918

    • Hours: Daylight

    • 3 acres of dogwoods, floral gardens, park setting, benches, and rocking chairs for relaxation overlooking Fountain City Lake.

  • Fountain City Lake

    • 5300 N. Broadway, 37918

    • The heart of Fountain City features a heart-shaped duck pond with its own walking trail.

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HALLS/TIMBERLINE 

3.6 Miles | Established in late 1970s | Trail Begins at 7400 Windy Knoll Drive (37938)

This trail begins on Windy Knoll Dr. in the Meadowcrest neighborhood just off busy Emory Road and then winds through the beautiful Halls countryside to Timberline Estates.  Developed in 1979, this community was designed with the vision that every tree possible would be spared during the construction phase. Located north of Knoxville and in the foothills of the Clinch mountains, the beautiful site was abundant with native Tennessee flowering dogwood trees. Timberline, together with the access roads, Greenwell and Pelleaux, represented Dogwood Arts first trail outside Knoxville’s city limits. Due to its strong support of Bazillion Blooms, Dogwood Arts annual tree-planting campaign which began in 2009, this peaceful neighborhood has added hundreds of blooming trees to the trail.