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 at Hikes & Blooms! 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.

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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.

2019 Guided Hikes


Missy Kane, Covenant Health fitness expert, will lead two guided hikes this season.

Friday, April 5th at 8:30AM

Missy Kane is leading a hike to see waterfalls and wildflowers in the Crossville area.  3-5 miles. Meet at Panera Bread (205 N Peters Rd, Knoxville, TN 37923) to carpool or arrive at 9:35AM at Liberty Market (52 Main St, Crab Orchard, TN 37723). You must register by calling (865) 541-4500.

Friday, May 3rd at 9:15AM

NEMO Bridge – Cumberland Trail

Maiden Street, Wartburg, TN 37887 (Scenic Wild Obed Office)

Distance: 2 miles / Moderate

Registration Required: Call (865) 541-4500


April Guided Hikes

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.

Click Each Date for More Information

SATURDAY, APRIL 6TH AT 10:30AM | Ijams Nature Center

Ijams Nature Center

2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920

Distance: NA

Registration: None

On the first Saturday of each month Ijams offers a FREE guided trail walk. The walk leaves from the Visitor Center after the 10 a.m. Creature Feature. Each walk is guided by a naturalist who can answer your questions about what you are seeing, ongoing projects, future programs, and more. This is a perfect way to get to know more about Ijams Nature Center. Please bring weather appropriate clothing and water. Trails are dirt with some elevation changes and have low accessibility for strollers or persons with mobility concerns. This is a FREE program with a recommended $5 donation.

TUESDAY, APRIL 9TH AT 9:30AM | Norris River Bluff Trail

Norris River Bluff Trail

125 Village Green Circle Rocky Top, TN 37769

Distance: 3.7 miles

Registration: Email c.lecompte0701@gmail.com

Carlene LeCompte and Brenda Therry from the Happy Hikers will lead a 3.7 mile hike.  Meet at Norris State Park Visitor Center.

FRIDAY, APRIL 12TH AT 8AM | Porter’s Creek to Fern Falls

Porter’s Creek to Fern Falls (in Greenbrier Section of GSMNP)

1230 East Pkwy, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 (Park and Ride to Trailhead)

Distance: 4 miles / 7.2 miles option / Moderate

Registration: Contact Nancy Dailey at (865) 694-8969 or (865) 250-9016

Join the Retired Citizens of the Smokies on a hike to see lots of wildflowers. Moderate hike, either 4 miles or 7.2 miles.  Meet at 8 am at Park and Ride at Gatlinburg City Hall (1230 East Pkwy, Gatlinburg, TN 37738) or 8:15 am at the trailhead.  Carpooling recommended, this is a popular wildflower hike.  Those interested in the longer hike should pack lunch or other snack. Note meet time is actually departure time, so arrive a little earlier to allow for carpooling arrangements.

SATURDAY, APRIL 13TH AT 10AM | Fort Loudon Historical Park loop

Fort Loudon Historical Park loop  

338 Fort Loudon Road, Vonore, TN 37885

Distance: 3.5 miles / Easy-Moderate

Registration: (423) 420-2331

Join Ranger Baghetti on this easy to moderate 3.5 mile hike traversing the meadow and forest of Fort Loudoun State Historic Park. We’ll look for wildflowers and views of the lake. Please wear closed toe shoes and bring water. Meet at the park entrance. For more information please call the park office at 423-420-2331.

SATURDAY, APRIL 13TH AT 10AM | Frozen Head State Park

Frozen Head State Park – Judge Branch Trail

964 Flat Fork Rd, Wartburg, TN 37887

Distance: 1-3 miles / Easy-Moderate

Registration: (423) 346-3318

Join Larry Pounds and Jimmy Groton, botanists representing the Tennessee Native Plant Society and Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning for a hike exploring the wildflowers on the Interpretive Trail. It is a 1-mile loop with a gentle grade and a quick return to the parking area. For those wishing to continue on, the next 2 miles we will be on the moderate Judge Branch and South Old Mac Trails; If you would like to join Larry and Jimmy, meet at the Park Visitor Center at 10 a.m. Participants may want to bring water and lunch.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17TH AT 8:30AM | Toqua Trail - Tellico Village

Tellico Village – Toqua Trail

205 Chota Rd, Loudon, TN 37774 (meet at the parking lot at the back of the Baptist Church)

Distance: 3-5 miles 

Information: sbradbury@tvpoa.org

FRIDAY, APRIL 19TH AT 2PM | Frozen Head State Park

Frozen Head State Park – Judge Branch Trail

964 Flat Fork Rd, Wartburg, TN 37887

Distance: 2.5 miles / Moderate

Registration: None

Join Tennessee State Naturalist and natural wonder enthusiast, Randy Hedgepath, for a hike through the Judge Branch Valley to explore, identify and admire the valley’s diverse wildflowers. Meet Randy Hedgepath at the Old Mac Trail Head. This will be a moderate 2.5 mile hike.

SATURDAY, APRIL 20TH AT 10AM | Frozen Head State Park

Frozen Head State Park – Spicewood Branch Trail

964 Flat Fork Rd, Wartburg, TN 37887

Distance: 5 miles / Moderate – Difficult

Registration: None

Join Park Ranger and environmental education extraordinaire, Marty Silver of Warriors Path State Park, for a hike on the Spicewood Branch Trail to explore, identify and appreciate the trail’ s various wildflowers and birds. Meet Marty Silver at the Old Mac Trail Head.

SATURDAY, APRIL 20TH AT 9AM | UT Arboretum

UT Arboretum

901 S. Illinois Avenue in Oak Ridge, 37830

Distance: 1-1.5 hours / 1.5-2.5 miles / Intensity Varied

Registration: Contact Michelle Campanis at (865) 483-7277 or mcampani@utk.edu

Meet at 9AM at the UT Arboretum Visitors Center. Learn about the UT Arboretum’s trails on this short trail hike. Hikes will be varied in intensity level, in April and May we will have a route to highlight our dogwood collections .  Hike will be led by our volunteers/staff.

SATURDAY, APRIL 20TH AT 1PM | Big Ridge State Park

Big Ridge State Park

1015 Big Ridge Rd, Maynardville, TN 37807

Distance: 3-4 miles / Moderate

Registration: (865) 206-9459 or email derek.wilson@tn.gov   

Meet Ranger Derek Wilson at the park office at 1pm.

SATURDAY, APRIL 27TH AT 10AM | Panther Creek State Park

Panther Creek State Park – Trout Lily Trail Hike

2010 Panther Creek Park Rd, Morristown, TN 37814

Distance: 2 miles / Moderate-Difficult

Registration: None

Come join the ranger for a spectacular spring hike along the scenic Trout Lily Trail at Panther Creek State Park beginning at 10:00am. We’ll meet at the boat ramp parking area then set out on this moderately difficult 2‐mile trail loop which offers spectacular scenic views of Cherokee Lake, dazzling displays of spring wildflowers and excellent opportunities to observe wildlife. Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots. For more information, please contact the park Visitor’s Center at: (423) 587‐7046.


May Guided Hikes

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.

Click Each Date for More Information

FRIDAY, MAY 3RD AT 9:15AM | NEMO Bridge

NEMO Bridge – Cumberland Trail

Maiden Street, Wartburg, TN 37887

Distance: 2 miles / Moderate

Registration Required: Call (865) 541-4500

Missy Kane leading a moderate 2 mile hike and some may add on a few miles towards Catoosa afterwards. Meet at the Scenic Wild Obed office in Wartburg 9:15 AM  

SATURDAY, MAY 4TH AT 10:30AM | Ijams Nature Center

Ijams Nature Center

2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920

Distance: NA

Registration: None

On the first Saturday of each month Ijams offers a FREE guided trail walk. The walk leaves from the Visitor Center after the 10 a.m. Creature Feature. Each walk is guided by a naturalist who can answer your questions about what you are seeing, ongoing projects, future programs, and more. This is a perfect way to get to know more about Ijams Nature Center. Please bring weather appropriate clothing and water. Trails are dirt with some elevation changes and have low accessibility for strollers or persons with mobility concerns. This is a FREE program with a recommended $5 donation.

SATURDAY, MAY 4TH AT 10AM | Panther Creek State Park

Panther Creek State Park – Point Lookout Trail

2010 Panther Creek Park Rd, Morristown, TN 37814

Distance: 2.5 miles / Moderate-Difficult

Registration: None

Come join the ranger for a hike along the popular Point Lookout Trail  beginning at 10:00am. We’ll meet at the Spoone Shelter then hike along this moderately difficult 2.5‐mile trail loop which offers amazing views of Cherokee Lake and the surrounding ridges as it ascends up to the highest point in the park. Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots. For more information, please contact the park Visitor’s Center at: (423) 587‐7046.

SUNDAY, MAY 5TH AT 1PM | Norris Watershed Clear Creek Loop

Norris Watershed Clear Creek Loop

2121 Norris Fwy, Norris, TN 37828

Distance: 4.6 miles / Easy-Moderate

Registration: Email Joe Feeman at jcfeeman@comcast.net

Municipal Watershed is a 2300 acre tract that surrounds Clear Creek, the source of the city’s water supply, and is managed for water quality protection, public recreation, and sustainable forest management. Joe Feeman will lead this loop hike which should feature wonderful display of wildflowers (even pink lady slippers) and take you thru a variety of forest communities.  

SATURDAY, MAY 11TH AT 1PM | Big Ridge State Park

Big Ridge State Park – Mother’s Day Wildflower Hike

1015 Big Ridge Rd, Maynardville, TN 37807

Distance: 2 hour hike / Moderate

Register: email derek.wilson@tn.gov or call (865) 992-5523

2 hour hike along a moderate trail in Big Ridge State Park. Meet at the park headquarters at 1pm.  

SATURDAY, MAY 18TH AT 9AM | UT Arboretum

UT Arboretum 

901 S. Illinois Avenue in Oak Ridge, 37830

Distance: 1-1.5 hours / 1.5-2.5 miles / Intensity Varied

Registration: Contact Michelle Campanis at (865) 483-7277 or mcampani@utk.edu

Meet at 9AM at the UT Arboretum Visitors Center. Learn about the UT Arboretum’s trails on this short trail hike. Hikes will be varied in intensity level, in April and May we will have a route to highlight our dogwood collections .  Hike will be led by our volunteers/staff.

SUNDAY, MAY 19TH AT 1:15PM | 7 Islands Birding State Park

7 Islands Birding State Park

2809 Kelly Ln, Kodak, TN 37764

Distance: 6 miles / Moderate

Registration: Contact Cindy Spangler at spangler@utk.edu

Cindy Spangler of the Smoky Mountain hiking club will lead a 6 mile moderate hike. Meet at the 7 islands upper parking lot at 1:30 PM or you can carpool from the Comcast parking lot 5720 Asheville Highway at 1:15PM.


Dogwood Arts Walking Trails

Focusing on the idea of stepping out into our community, the trails are at least one-mile in length and folks are encouraged to walk, run, or bike these trails.


You don’t have to participate in a Guided Hike to earn the limited edition Covenant Health patch! Log 26 miles on and of the trails below between April 4 and May 31, 2019 to earn yours at your own pace. 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! Click Here to Sign Up


Open Daily, Dawn to Dusk
How Much: Free

For mileage you can use a pedometer, phone app, or check out the miles listed for these trails on the links provided.

NORTH

4TH & GILL – the corner of East Glenwood & Luttrell Street at Brownlow School, Knoxville, 37917  *Check the special event mailbox at trail entrance for guided map during the month of April.

ADAIR PARK – 1807 Adair Drive, Knoxville, 37918

OLD NORTH KNOXVILLE – 100 block of West Glenwood Ave in the parking lot of Rose Mortuary, 1421 N. Broadway, Knoxville, 37917

SOUTH

IJAMS NATURE CENTER – 2915 Island Home Avenue, Knoxville, 37920 [3.62 miles, paved; 11.8 miles, natural trails]

WILLIAM HASTIE PARK – 1302 Margaret Road. Close to Ijams Nature Center [6.5 miles of trails]

EAST

KNOXVILLE BOTANICAL GARDEN & ARBORETUM – 2743 Wimpole Avenue, Knoxville, 37914

SEVEN ISLANDS WILDLIFE REFUGE – 2809 Kelly Lane, Knoxville, 37914 [~5 miles, great for birdwatching] 

WEST

GRIGSBY CHAPEL GREENWAY– at the corner of Campbell Station Road and Campbell Lakes Drive, Knoxville, 37934  *Perfect for biking. Parking available at 11700 Campbell Lakes Drive. [2.25 miles, paved]

TEN MILE CREEK GREENWAY – 200 N. Peters Rd, Knoxville, 37923

SEQUOYAH GREENWAY – Entrance at 1400 Cherokee Boulevard, Knoxville, 37919 [2.6 miles one way, crushed gravel]

CONCORD PARK TRAILS – 10901 Northshore Drive, 37772, next to PetSafe Dog Park [10 miles of trails]

ALCOA

MARYVILLE ALCOA GREENWAY – 636 Vose Road, Alcoa, 37701 [9 miles, paved]

SPRINGBROOK PARK – 1561 Dalton Street, Alcoa, 37701 [16 miles of greenways]

OAK RIDGE/ ANDERSON COUNTY

HAW RIDGE PARK – 821 Old Edgemoor Road [35 miles of dirt trails for hikers and bikers]

MELTON HILL GREENWAY – 697 Melton Lake Drive [8 miles roundtrip]

UT ARBORETUM – 901 S. Illinois Ave, Oak Ridge [6 miles, not dog-friendly]

ROANE COUNTY

BETTY BROWN TRAIL – Kingston City Park, 333 W Race St, Kingston, 37763 *Lovely paved 3 mile trail that also links to the Fort South West Visitor Center. [3 miles one way, paved]

NORRIS

NORRIS SONGBIRD TRAIL – 2121 Norris Freeway *This gravel 2.3 mile loop is a beautiful flat path below the Norris Dam and is across from the Lenoir Museum. 

HAMBLEN COUNTY

TROUT LILY TRAIL – 2010 Panther Creek Road, Morristown, 37814 *This 2 mile trail has many spring flowers to enjoy

LOUDON COUNTY

MEADOW LOOP TRAIL & RIDGE TOP TRAIL LOOP – 338 Fort Loudoun Road, Vonore, 37885 *Both of these trails are located in the Fort Loudoun State Historic Park and are under 5 miles long

EAST LAKESHORE TRAILS – Highway 95, Tellico. [30 miles of trails, several trailheads]

 

SEVIER COUNTY

CHESTNUT TOP TRAIL / SCHOOL HOUSE GAP LOOP – Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, 37738. [6.3 miles; great for wildflower viewing]

MEMORIAL RIVER GREENWAY TRAIL – located on both the west and east banks of the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River between the Gatlinburg Highway Bridge and the Chapman Highway Bridge. *2 miles of walking/running trail along the waterfront

MORGAN COUNTY

EMORY TRAIL – Frozen Head State Park, 964 Flat Fork Road, Wartburg, 37887 *An easy 1-mile family hike with flowers and two waterfalls