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DOGWOOD TRAILS (SOUTH)

CHAPMAN HIGHWAY, LAKEMOOR HILLS, ISLAND HOME

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

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CHAPMAN HIGHWAY

3.6 Miles | Established in 1957 | Trail begins at 101 Colonial Drive (37920)

Welcome to Chapman Highway Dogwood Trail, where wild red bud trees vie with the dogwoods in beauty. This trail is a two-part story; please follow the pink lines through Colonial Village and Lake Forest Neighborhoods. On the left is the natural spring-fed Butterfly Lake where Great Blue Herons, ducks and geese are often seen along the edges of the quiet water. A variety of birds and wildlife are drawn to this area because of the old established trees and large wooded areas. Notice the lovely rock gardens with bright candytuft, tulips and creeping phlox. These modest cottage-style houses offer the convenience of easy access to downtown and are a favorite with those who like the feeling of privacy and seclusion. At street intersections, it is possible to look down on drifts of wild dogwood trees whose massed blooms turn the hillside white. Dogwood branches almost meet overhead as the trail dips down West Redbud Drive. Crossing at the light, you enter Lake Forest and on the left is the other half of the original spring-fed lake, which was split when Chapman Highway was constructed. The trail follows the winding road around Lake Forest Presbyterian Church, which hosts several seasonal social events for attendees as well as residents. When you turn left onto Centerwood, behind the third house on the right, there is a fenced in graveyard where relatives of Sam Houston are buried. Sam Houston lived near here in his youth and became Governor of Tennessee in 1827 before moving to Texas to “Remember the Alamo” in 1836. As you come down the hill on East Lake Forest Drive and intersect with May Apple, you are only a block away from the Post Oak neighborhood entrance The Urban Wilderness Loop, which connects William Hastie Natural Area (4.7 miles of trails) with Ijams Nature Center and Mead’s Quarry. Throughout the neighborhood, you will see examples of Tennessee Pink Marble, once mined by over 35 quarries in the Knoxville area. Larger blocks were used in buildings all over the U.S. or carved into monuments, such as the famous lion statues in front of the New York Public Library. Local builders used the smaller left over pieces to construct retaining walls, arched doorways, chimneys, patios, and whole houses. The new neighborhood stone entry sign celebrates the heritage and architecture of this lasting legacy. As the trail comes to an end, turn left and in 30 minutes you will be in the Smokies and turn right and in 3 miles you will be in downtown Knoxville.

OPEN GARDENS & CAMERA SITES

  • Rick Hill

    • Open Garden

    • 6014 Kaywood Drive, 37920 (Lake Forest)

  • Berry Funeral Home 

    • Camera Site

    • 3704 Chapman Highway, 37920

  • Charmaine Nichols & Mitchell Ruff

    • Camera Site

    • 204 Sarvis Drive, 37920

  • Owen & Maggie Tharp

    • Open Garden

    • 202 Maple Loop Rd, 37920

    • Affectionately dubbed 'the Magic Garden,' this over 40 species food forest is designed to make you rethink what defines a landscape plant. Edible plants are interspersed with insect-loving flowers to mimic a natural setting. With beauty and usefulness in mind, this garden's spring bloomers hosts edibles such as serviceberries, apples, blueberries, and garlic alongside heavily fragrant hyacinth.

 
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LAKEMOOR HILLS

7.8 Miles | Established in 1965 | Trail begins at Alcoa HWY & Maloney Road (37920)

Often referred to as ‘the quiet side of the river’ in south Knoxville, the Lakemoor Hills trail est. in 1965, is in a beautiful neighborhood with large manicured lots, water views, mature trees, and an abundance of spring-blooming dogwoods. Home styles include ranchers and contemporary multi-levels built in the 60s and 70s along with some Barber McMurry-designed homes.  There is also a mix of newer construction homes most notably with lovely river frontage.


Due to the wonderful, heavily-treed areas, the temperature drops several degrees in the summer when entering this neighborhood. The nearby Lake Hills Presbyterian Church offers a walking trail with basketball and tennis courts available to anyone in the neighborhood. Maloney Park, a wonderful neighborhood amenity, is located on the lake and has a boat ramp, playground, picnic pavilion, and a walking trail. 


Lakemoor Legacy Park & Garden, on Circle Lake Lane, is a little gem in the heart of the neighborhood which provides a quiet sanctuary for people to enjoy native plants and observe diverse wildlife. Est. in 2017, this certified wildlife habitat is also a rain garden demonstration project. 

OPEN GARDENS & CAMERA SITES

  • 1. Fred & Fran Thomforde

    • Camera Site

    • 3616 Lake Lane, 37920

  • Lakemoor Legacy Park and Gardens

    • Open Garden

    • Located at the end of Circle Lake Lane, this little gem in the heart of the neighborhood provides a quiet sanctuary for people to enjoy native plants, observe diverse wildlife and explore rain gardens.

  • Bill Stoess & Mary Cartwight 

    • Open Garden  

    • 4000 Maloney Road, 37920

    • Beautiful riverside property with over 47 varieties of flowering trees and shrubs, perennials, and evergreens. ‘Honeysuckle Hideout’ is a special place for kids to experience nature and indulge in play.

  • Dick & Ann Graf

    • Open Garden

    • 3505 Bluff Point, 37920

    • Stunning river and city views from atop this lovely garden setting.

  • David & Sharon Gerkin

    • Open Garden 

    • 2300 Lakemoor Drive, 37920

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ISLAND HOME

2.5 Miles | Established in the 1980s | Trail Begins at 1906 Maplewood Drive (37920)

Welcome to the Island Home Trail in the historic Island Home Park neighborhood. Island Home Park was developed as a streetcar suburb when interest in South Knoxville increased after the Gay Street Bridge was built in 1897-98. In 1912, the trolley traveled through the neighborhood along Island Home Boulevard and reversed at the top of Fisher Place. The entry columns, erected circa 1899, marked the perimeter of Island Home, the farm and summer home of wealthy merchant Perez Dickinson. Dickinson’s Italianate home remains perched on the hill inside the campus of Tennessee School for the Deaf, the eastern boundary of Island Home Park. Many Island Home Park homes and gardens were built during the first decades of the 20th century. The use of river stone on piers and porches of classic bungalows is unique to the neighborhood, which is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. A vibrant neighborhood, homes have been constructed during each decade since the 1910s. The Island Home Boulevard median and gardens throughout the neighborhood have stately old and newer trees, which replace hardwoods and dogwoods lost after 100 years. Many “granddaddy dogwoods” remain, including a few original dark pink dogwoods. A champion white dogwood stands on Island Home Boulevard.

OPEN GARDENS & CAMERA SITES

  • Monte & Ann Whitney Stanley

    • Open Garden

    • 3029 Davenport Road, 37920

    • Driveway north of Stanley’s Greenhouse

    • Spring blooming shrubs, trees, and flowers. Nature trail surrounds the large pond.

  • Tim & Candace Archer

    • Camera Site

    • 2221 Island Home Boulevard, 37920

  • Lance Dean & Jeannette Bouchard

    • Camera Site

    • 2128 Island Home Boulevard, 37920

  • Rocky & Lisa Stanley

    • Camera Site 

    • 2100 Spence Place, 37920

  • Craig & Sue Wrisberg

    • Camera Site

    • 2125 Spence Lane, 37920