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DOGWOOD TRAILS (WEST)

SEQUOYAH HILLS, WESTMORELAND, DEANE HILL, FARRAGUT

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

SEQUOYAH HILLS

6.5 Miles | Established 1955 | Trail begins at 415 Cherokee BLVD (37919)

Welcome to the Sequoyah Hills Dogwood Trail, which begins and ends on Cherokee Boulevard. This street was named for the Indians who were Knoxville’s original “first settlers.” Knoxville’s first Dogwood Trail opened here in 1955. The route turns right beneath overarching trees on Kenesaw Avenue and returns to the Boulevard via Woodland Drive. Then a right turn leads to large azaleas of many colors on Iskagna, Kenesaw, and Talahi. The trail dips down to Talahi Mall, skirting a tall ornamental fountain to pass an enclosed playground that rejoiced in the early-day name of Papoose Park. The mall plantings include azaleas (white and dark red), and a gigantic American holly. Pink is the preferred color for lawn plantings with redbud, flowering crabapple, and Japanese cherry trees abounding. After a right turn onto Cherokee Boulevard at the large circular Talahi Fountain, be on the lookout for the Indian burial mound in the center of the boulevard. Sequoyah Hills was named for a Cherokee chieftain who was born a few miles from here on the Little Tennessee River. Although he could neither read nor write and knew no language except the Cherokee tongue, Sequoyah invented a phonetic alphabet for his people in 1820. Through its use, all Indian dialects have since become written languages. In his honor, the Sequoyah Hills Trail celebrated the Bicentennial Year by planting a young Sequoia tree at the base of the Indian Mound. The trail turns right on Kenesaw Avenue, left on Taliluna Avenue and left on Agawela with their views of the rolling hills that give this residential area the second half of its name. Rejoining Cherokee Boulevard, the large building in the distance ahead is Cherokee Country Club seen from riverside. The Trail leaves the Boulevard on South Garden Road to begin a meandering climb by way of Navaho and Cedarhill to the crest of Scenic Drive. Next, the trail turns right off of Scenic Drive onto Kenilworth Drive, then left on Oakhurst Drive to Glenfield where both pink and white dogwoods are old and very large. Back on Scenic Drive, turn left onto Towanda Trail, where Night Dogwood Trails originated. In 1957, six members of the Knoxville Garden Club living on this street lighted their trees for viewing after dark. The effect was spectacular. Some residents still light their blooms at night from dusk to 10:00 p.m. Take an immediate left turn onto Hiawatha, then left on Noelton Drive, right on Alta Vista Way, and left on Blows Ferry Road, returning to the Boulevard past brilliant azaleas and drifts of dogwood trees. Here the boulevard parallels the shore of Fort Loudon Lake, one of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s “Great Lakes of the South”. Fort Loudon Dam, 25 miles below Knoxville on the Tennessee River, has the highest river locks in America and Knoxville, at the headwaters of this lake, is linked to the sea by a 9-foot shipping channel winding more than 900 miles to the mouth of the Mississippi. The trail repasses the Indian Mound and the large round fountain at the entrance of Talahi Mall. After a right turn onto Bluff Drive and Cheowa Circle and a descent through clouds of snowy dogwood blooms, the trail rejoins the boulevard and returns to Kingston Pike. Downtown Knoxville is to the right as Trail and Boulevard end together.

OPEN GARDENS & CAMERA SITES

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  • Mr. & Mrs. James Taulbee

    • Open Garden

    • 2141 Cherokee Boulevard, 37919

  • Talahi Fountain

    • Open Garden & Camera Site

    • 1034 Cherokee Boulevard, 37919

    • Hours: Daylight

  • Historic Westwood

    • Open Garden

    • 3425 Kingston Pike, 37919  

    • Newly planted perennial gardens welcome guests to the grounds of this majestic c. 1890’s Queen Anne-style home. Built for Adelia Lutz, a prominent local artist who was especially fond of flowers as subject matter for her work. The gardens are a tribute to her love of nature.

      • Adelia’s Shade Garden

      • Adelia’s Flower Walk

      • Mickey’s Cutting Garden 

WESTMORELAND

7.3 Miles | Established in 1957 | Trail begins at 4501 Lyons View Pike (37919)

Welcome to the Westmoreland Dogwood Trail that begins on Lyons View Drive. Knoxville’s first golf course lies behind the tall hedge on the right of the road. It belongs to Cherokee Country Club, which was organized in 1907; the clubhouse is on the left at the midpoint of Fort Loudon Lake’s magnificent horseshoe bend. Here the homes on both sides of Lyons View Drive command panoramic views of the curving lake, with four tiers of smoke-blue mountains in the background. On the left is the former home of Lakeshore Mental Health Institute. This site was chosen in 1883 for a mental hospital, and one turreted and crenellated building dating from that period still stands at the top of the hill. In 1994, a portion of this land was leased by the City of Knoxville to be managed by Youth Sports. The area will house youth sports fields as well as a lighted walking/jogging path. On the right is a new Veterans Cemetery opened by the State of Tennessee in 1991. (YOU ARE AT THE WATERWHEEL) Past broad Northshore Drive and willow-bordered Fourth Creek, the entrance to Westmoreland is marked by colorful plantings and a rustic waterwheel. Originally, the tall wheel in its attractive stone housing was useful as well as ornamental; it furnished electric power for the early houses in this residential area. In Westmoreland, open stretches of smooth lawns and bright gardens alternate with deeply wooded area carpeted with mayapples and violets. From homes along Sherwood Drive’s highest elevation, the Cumberland Mountains are dimly visible toward the west. Two new areas were added to the Westmoreland Trail in 1993. The first is the attractive Gate Head area along Scotswood Circle. As you continue along the trail, travel down Sherwood Drive, cross Westland Drive and turn right to Westmoreland Hills. Homeowners in these newer areas have planted white dogwood trees, plants, and shrubs native to the East Tennessee area. As the trail leaves beautiful Westmoreland Hills, you enter into the Hickory Hills area. Newer homes in this neighborhood boast beautiful lawns and plantings. Now you travel into Rotherwood and cross Westland again onto Sherwood Drive. Trees overhang beautiful Stone Mill Road as you approach the waterwheel once more. Retracing Lyons View Drive, enjoy the sweeping view of Fort Loudon Lake and the Great Smoky Mountains. The Westmoreland Dogwood Trail ends at the junction of Lyons View Drive and Kingston Pike. Turn right onto Kingston Pike to reach the Sequoyah Hills Dogwood Trail, The University of Tennessee and downtown Knoxville.

OPEN GARDENS & CAMERA SITES

  • Mike & Dena Morton 

    • Camera Site 

    • 6416 Sherwood Drive, 37919

    • A european-inspired garden filled with boxwoods, hydrangeas, climbing roses, and espalier fruit trees which reinforce the beautiful french country architecture.

DEANE HILL

2.6 Miles | Established in 1978 | Trail Begins at 101 Golfclub Drive (37919)

The Deane Hill community is named after Thomas Jellis Deane who owned the Appalachian Marble Company. In 1928, Deane built a 16 room house on 192 acres of farmland where the neighborhood stands today. This residential area, which is located between Kingston Pike and Deane Hill Drive, following his death in 1944. During development, the original Deane Hill home was converted into a Clubhouse with an 18 hole golf course. The Country Club was host to many big bands such as Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Bing Crosby, Doris Day and Les Brown during its heyday years and was the site of many Knoxville social gatherings. In the mid 1990’s, the property which was the home of the country club gave way to the development of shopping centers and apartments. Deane Hill is a mid-century modern neighborhood with most of the classic ranchers and split level homes dating to the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. This well-kept neighborhood boasts large lots with beautiful mature trees and is conveniently located next to great restaurants and shopping.

OPEN GARDENS & CAMERA SITES

  • John & Sandra Butler

    • Camera Site

    • 7109 Delbourne Drive, 37919

 
 
 

FARRAGUT

Established in 2000 | Trail Begins at 12251 S Fox Den Drive 37934

Welcome to the Farragut Dogwood Trail, which begins in Fox Den subdivision, travels a portion of Country Manor subdivision and winds through Village Green subdivision before exiting onto Campbell Station Road near the Farragut’s Founders Park. As you travel along North Fox Den Drive you will see a variety of home styles with rock gardens, dogwoods, ornamental Japanese Maples, along with a variety of flowering shrubs. Magnolia trees are prevalent on Oakmont Circle along with an abundance of native pink and white Dogwood trees. After passing Fox Den Country Club you will climb a steep hill where you can pause to see a beautiful view of the surrounding area. As you descend you will be able to see glimpses of the 18-hole golf course designed in the late 1960’s by the talented Willard Byrd. Mr. Byrd had the intention of preserving as much of the original woodlands and tall pine trees as possible, making for a scenic and challenging course. Smith Road leads to East Fox Den Drive where you will see some unique home designs with gorgeous weeping willows and yellow cypress trees intermingled with the dogwoods. As you turn onto Cloverfork Drive through Country Manor subdivision, keep a lookout for both one of the largest Dogwood trees on the trail and one of the largest Tulip Poplar trees in all of East Tennessee in the backyard 413 Cloverfork Dr. on your left. You may also see an intense game of croquet, as the Knoxville Croquet Club is usually in full swing during nice spring days, taking advantage of the flat terrain between Fox Den and Village Green. The trail then enters Village Green as you turn onto Monticello Drive. Patterned after Colonial Williamsburg, Village Green is the oldest of the three subdivisions and the first planned community in Knox County. Pampas Grass, nandinas with bright red berries, blue Norway spruces, acubas and ivy intermingle with Dogwoods as you drive through the streets. Bellfield Road leads into the earliest part of the neighborhood where the natural woodlands were preserved and many native dogwoods bloom each year. At the top of Russfield Drive you will see a magnificent view of the Great Smoky Mountains in the distance. As you turn onto the shaded Nassau Drive, look for classic Colonial homes with stunning rock gardens and flowering shrubs leading to the pool and clubhouse on Heritage Drive. The trail continues to Dominion Circle where you will see some of the most beautiful dogwoods yet on the trail, including a mature white native dogwood that arches out over the street and several deep pink, almost rose-colored blooming Dogwoods. There are also several very mature Magnolia Trees along with a rainbow of tulips, irises and azaleas. Continue down Russfield Drive where the homes to your right all back up to Founder’s Park and walking trails. As you turn right onto Old Colony Parkway and exit the trail, we encourage you to take a right onto Campbell Station Road and continue to the next light where you can take a few minutes to park and walk along the trails amongst the beautiful blooms next to the trickling Turkey Creek. We hope you enjoyed your visit to Farragut’s Dogwood Trail. Please come again next year!

OPEN GARDENS & CAMERA SITES

  • Michael & Mary Bates

    • Open Garden

    • 513 Altamira Drive, 37934

    • A spring woodland garden which originated 25-years ago with plants acquired from the owners’ mother and grandmother. Pink and white dogwoods mingle with azaleas, spring bulbs, and perennials.

  • John & Pam Garrity

    • Open Garden

    • 532 Altamira Drive, 37934

    • The gardens include a wide variety of perennials, dogwoods and unique garden features.

PUBLIC GARDENS

  • Founders Park at Campbell Station

    • Open Garden

    • 405 N Campbell Station Road, 37934

    • Hours: Daylight

    • A beautiful 17-acre park offering extensive walking trails.

  • Farragut Town Hall – Farragut Memorial Plaza

    • Open Garden

    • 11408 Municipal Center Drive, 37934

    • Hours: Daylight

    • A Civil War Trails Historical Marker commemorates the Battle of Campbell Station fought in 1863. The Farragut Memorial Plaza features a life sized bronze statue of Admiral Farragut and Civil War era cannons on loan from the U.S. Naval Yard honor his life.

 

ROSE GARDENS

  • Open May 7-9 and 14-16

  • 10AM - 5PM

  • Presented by members of the Tennessee Rose Society. 

  • Michael & Mary Bates

    • Open Rose Garden

    • 513 Altamira Drive, 37934

    • World travel created a lifelong love of roses for these property owners. Their garden is home to over 300 roses including hybrid teas, floribundas, climbers, David Austin English Roses and easy-care shrub roses.

  • Kathy Brennan

    • Open Rose Garden

    • 706 Landing Lane, 37934

    • Brenrose Garden is a secret rose garden with companion plants; enter a backyard oasis thru the arch covered with ‘Iceburg’ roses and clematis.