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Knoxville’s iconic Dogwood Trails are open annually from April 1-30th, just in time to showcase the beauty of spring in East Tennessee! Simply plug the addresses below into your GPS to locate the ‘Trailheads’ and then follow the pink lines from there. While you visit, be on the lookout for homes with ‘Open Garden’ and ‘Camera Site’ yard signs.


The Historic Dogwood Trails date back to 1955 and today cover more than 90 miles in 13 neighborhoods throughout the city. Take a drive, a walk, or a bike ride and enjoy the scenic natural beauty of our region! 

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

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


2024 Open Gardens & Camera Sites Guide
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Chapman Highway


7.8 Miles | Established in 1965 | Trail begins at 3113 Montlake Dr. (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.

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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. 


  • Lakemoor Legacy Park and Gardens

    • Open Garden

    • Circle Lake Ln., 37920

    • 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 in a certified wildlife habitat. The park is also home to a rain garden demonstration project.

  • Bill Stoess & Mary Cartwright 

    • 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.

  • George Denninger

    • Open Artist Studio

    • 2109 Manor Dr., 37920

    • OPEN: April Saturdays & Sundays: 12 - 5PM

    • Art will be displayed in the artist's home studio/patio (as weather permits) and is available for purchase. 



Sara Price, Realtor®,

Realty Executives Associates. 

Lakemoor Hills


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

This trail is a two-part story made up of Colonial Village on the West side of Chapman Hwy and Lake Forest on the east.  Colonial Village is a wonderful example of a neighborhood developed during the post-World War II building boom. Most of the homes here were built during the 1940s and 1950s, so ranchers and cottages abounded with their modest sizes and larger yards making them perfect for young families. Today, this quaint community is a diverse mix of many age groups, and its large mature flowering trees and shrubs offer a beautiful springtime display.  Across Chapman Highway, the trail continues into the Lake Forest community where examples of Tennessee Pink Marble are found in the architecture of its homes. Once mined by over 35 quarries in the Knoxville area, larger blocks of marble were used in buildings all over the U.S., including Washington D.C., and 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. To celebrate the heritage and architecture of the neighborhood, a five-ton pink marble entry sign was added  in 2014.  East Lake Forest Drive leads to an entrance to The Urban Wilderness Loop, a popular outdoor recreation spot, which connects to the William Hastie Natural Area (3.5 miles of trails) with Ijams Nature Center where you can enjoy early spring wildflower hikes.

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Colonial Village is a Dogwood Trail community that was once a part of the 200 acre McCall family farm.  First listed in the city deed books in 1940, Colonial Village is a post-WWII neighborhood development. As Chapman Highway became an increasingly popular commercial corridor, the neighborhood developed quickly due to its proximity to the corridor. Colonial Village is about 4 miles south of Downtown, just off Chapman Highway across from Lake Forest. Today, the neighborhood is home to four churches, one elementary school, one city park, and a pretty nifty duck pond, which is also known as McCall’s Pond or Butterfly Lake. Colonial Village residents don’t have to go far to enjoy the great outdoors. They can take a stroll on the 0.8 mile Gary Underwood Greenway, located within the neighborhood, or they can settle in for an afternoon of fun at Gary Underwood Park, which has a football field and soccer field in addition to picnic areas and shelters. Throughout the Lake Forest and Colonial Village neighborhoods, are examples of Tennessee Pink Marble used as building materials in the homes. These modest cottage-style houses, reminiscent of the picturesque Neo-Tudor construction in the popular Cotswold style, offer the convenience of easy access to downtown and are a favorite with those who like the feeling of privacy and seclusion. Of special note, on Centerwood Drive, there is a small 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.


  • 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.

  • Marcia Doyle

    • Camera Site

    • 113 Lake Forest Circle, 37920

  • Tommy Ballard 

    • Open Garden

    • 2301 Goff Rd, 37920

    • 'Heaven Scent' features 350+ different colors of Iris.


Tiana Winter, Realtor®,

Realty Executives Associates. 



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

Historic Island Home Park Trail winds thru a beautiful riverside neighborhood where abundant dogwood trees fill the boulevards and adorn the many cottage gardens. This early 20th century streetcar suburb was developed on the 19th century farm of wealthy merchant Perez Dickinson. Many of its charming homes and gardens were built during the first decades of the 20th century. Most of the original houses and streetscapes remain and the area is home to the city's largest concentration of Bungalow-style houses. The use of river stone on piers and porches of classic bungalows is unique to the neighborhood, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Throughout this vibrant neighborhood, stately old trees and newer replacements for dogwoods and hardwoods lost after 100 years create a lovely landscape.


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Historic Island Home Park was developed as a streetcar suburb when interest in South Knoxville increased after the Gay Street Bridge, equipped with trolley tracks, was built in 1897-98. The original trolley turnaround at the entrance to the neighborhood served the first 1912 trolley line, connecting downtown to South Knoxville.  Soon it traveled through the neighborhood along Island Home Boulevard, reversing 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. His ‘Island Home’ farm covered 600 acres with 200 acres criss-crossed by white picket fences and was used as a model stock farm in addition to his summer home.  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.  


  • 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.​​

  • Rocky Stanley

    • Camera Site 

    • 2100 Spence Place, 37920

  • Island Home Park Entry & "Lisa's Garden"

    • Open Garden 

    • 1900 Block of Maplewood Drive, 37920


Carrie Poteat, Realtor®,

Realty Executives Associates. 

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