Hikes & Blooms

**Due to the spread of COVID-19, all Dogwood Arts events have been postponed through May 11, 2020. 

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 proud to sponsor the Hikes & Blooms  program and encourages people to take steps toward better health and fitness by enjoying the trails with a hike!

 


May 2020 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

THURSDAY, MAY 14TH AT 10:AM | SEQUOYAH GREENWAY

2250 Cherokee Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37919

Distance: 2-3 mile walk led by the Thursday Walkers (Senior Group)

Meet at the main parking lot at the west end of Cherokee Blvd by the restrooms, located 2.5 miles from the Kingston Pike entrance. The Thursday Walkers is a walking club that is open to seniors age 50+ and is part of the recreational programs offered by the O’Conner Center. Transportation to and from walking events is provided by individual participation. For more information:  865-523-1135

SATURDAY, MAY 16TH AT 9AM | UT ARBORETUM (OAK RIDGE)

UT Arboretum

901 S. Illinois Avenue in Oak Ridge, 37830

Distance: 1-1.5 hours / 1.5-2.5 miles / Wildflower hike

For more information:  865-483-7277

This 3rd Saturday Program is free and no registration is necessary. Hikes will be 1-1.5 hours and are guided by volunteers familiar with our trails system. No pets please.

THURSDAY, MAY 21ST AT 10AM | THIRD CREEK GREENWAY

Third Creek Greenway / Tyson Park to UT Gardens

2-3 mile walk led by The Thursday Walkers (Senior Group). Meet at the Tyson Park north entrance by the tennis courts.

The Thursday Walkers is a walking club that is open to seniors age 50+ and is part of the recreational programs offered by the O’Conner Center. Transportation to and from walking events is provided by individual participation. For more information:  (865) 523-1135

THURSDAY, MAY 28TH AT 9:50AM | BIG SOUTH FORK NATIONAL RIVER & RECREATIONAL AREA

Twin Arches/Charit Creek Loop in Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area

6 mile hike. Meet at Twin Arches trailhead (2+ hours from Knoxville) for 6-mile moderate loop hike led by Diane Edwards and the Happy Hikers.  The trail loops by Twin Arches, boulder fields, rock bluffs and Charit Creek Lodge. There are 3 steep ladder descent of 50+ stairs.  Bring your lunch, plenty of water, and sturdy hiking boots or shoes. For more information: contact Diane Edwards dde2247@earthlink.net


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.


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