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The Dogwood Trail Guide is your one-stop-shop for the Trails Season! Find trail maps, neighborhood details, and information about upcoming events. Each trail has a box at the entrance with Guides, or you can pick one up at Visit Knoxville. If you’d like to print your own version, click the link below!

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Dogwood Trails

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Fountain City

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Fountain City East

Welcome to the Garden Side of the Fountain City Dogwood Trail, where spring comes a little later and lingers longer. Because of Fountain City’s high elevation, dogwood blossoms often are just opening here when other Trails have passed their peak. The Garden Side of the Trail begins on Gibbs Road, noted since the early 1920’s for its double row of bright pink dogwoods. (There are native pink dogwood trees in Knoxville’s woodlands but are very pale in color. Pink and red dogwoods have been commercially developed by grafting the wild pink on white dogwood rootstock.) At the end of this street, the Trail turns left onto Jacksboro Pike. Stone columns mark the right turn into Harrill Hills, where clouds of white blossoms overhang colorful plantings of azaleas and wisteria, with an occasional dark red maple tree for contrast and emphasis. On Dogwood, Crestwood, and Briarcliff Roads, wildflowers carpet the shady glens. Look for violets – blue, purple white and particolored – wild blue phlox, may apples and trillium. Leaving Garden Drive, the Trail climbs halfway up the steep side of Black Oak Ridge to enter Beverly Acres, where handsome houses blend into their forest setting and acid-loving azaleas flourish in the rich woodland loam. The lovely “weeping dogwood” is unique to the Knoxville area. Its slender, pliant branches sweep down from the top of the trunk. Whenever it chooses to grow, a weeping dogwood must be left undisturbed. It cannot be transplanted. A right turn from Garden Drive onto Briarcliff leads into an area of concentrated beauty known as “Fantasyland.” Beneath white canopies of dogwood blossoms, dooryard gardens glow with candytuft, tulips, iris (Tennessee’s state flower), narcissae, and perhaps late daffodils. Go slow on Forrest Lane, between masses of brilliant azaleas in unusual shades. The route continues on Garden Drive to North Broadway, where a charming garden triangle is planted and maintained by the Fountain City Council of Garden Clubs. The Fountain City Dogwood Trail continues on the other side of the highway. Turn left on Broadway to the stoplight at Hotel Avenue, where signs mark the entrance of the Trail’s Panorama Side.

Fountain City West

Welcome to the Panorama Side of the Fountain City Dogwood Trail, that begins and ends in a historic area. On the right is Fountain City Park, maintained by the Lions Club. Behind the park is a steep cliff where the clear spring for Fountain City’s name bubbles out of solid rock. In the 1890’s the area around this spring developed into a popular resort. Gresham Junior High School (on the left) occupies the site of a large hotel that was surrounded by cottages and annexes. Vacationers reached the resort from Knoxville on a dummy-line railroad with open side cars pulled by a miniature steam engine. By the time the hotel burned early in the 1900’s, Fountain City had grown into a prosperous community connected to downtown Knoxville by an inter-urban trolley line. By way of Pruden Drive (on the right) is Fountain City Elementary School with an abundance of white and pink dogwood trees. By way of Gresham and Edonia Drives, the Trail comes up to Grove Park. Now a left turn on Walkup Drive affords the first glimpse of a panoramic view from Black Oak Ridge across the city to the distant Smoky Mountains. After circling the large white frame house built by C.H. McClung in 1912, take a second look at the view from Brabson Drive. Grove Road and Unity Drive lead to “Belcaro”, an imposing Italiante villa built in the 1920’s by Judge Hugh L. McClung. A very sharp right turn brings the Trail onto Martha Berry Drive, where the glorious panorama reappears. Beyond Ridgecrest and wooded Parkdale drives, the route skirts the western brow of Black Oak Ridge on Snowden and Buckthorn Drives. Charming homes framed by dogwoods continue into a heavily wooded valley, known as Sherwood Forest. Nottingham Road climbs up to rejoin Martha Berry Drive. Feast your eyes once more on the Great Valley of East Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains on the far horizons. Grove and Gresham Drives wind down from the heights to the early day resort. Holbrook and Kingwood Roads bring the Trail to Midlake Drive. Look for the one-of-a-kind stone well with a peaked roof on the left. Ahead, at the end of this street, is the heart-shaped Fountain City Lake – a beloved landmark known to earlier generations as “the duck pond”. This was the end for the little train in the 1890’s and for 20th century street cars. The Panorama Trail bears left around the lake to the end at Broadway. Turn right to reach I-75, I-40 and downtown via I-275.

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North Hills

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Grand gardens, wide boulevards, tall hardwoods, greenways, parks and unique architecture best describe “North Hills”. From its beginning in 1927, North Hills has been a unique, one-of-a-kind setting for classic homes. The original 185-acre tract was developed by George, Carl and Hugh Fielden into approximately 250 residential lots for custom-built homes. Since the neighborhood was approximately 2 miles from the streetcar line on 6th Avenue, the North Hills Corporation ran a private bus service for neighborhood families until the city provided a similar service. By 1928, forty three homes were built and restrictive covenants were established to protect the area characteristics. Under those restrictions, homes of Craftsman, Colonial Revival, Foursquare, Spanish Colonial Revival, Bungalow, Italian Renaissance, English Cottage, Neoclassical, and Minimal Traditional were built. Most of the homes include brick, marble, stucco, and other Tennessee native stone in their construction. The first home was the brick Colonial-Revival styled two-story at 1929 North Hills Blvd. By 1933, seventy five homes had been built along the North Hills, North Park and Fountain Park Boulevards and its adjoining streets. During the late 1940s and 1950s, ranch style homes were added to the neighborhood. In 1935, The North Hills Garden Club was established and remains an active partner in the neighborhood today. The North Hills Dogwood Trail and neighborhood gardens attract much interest during the annual Dogwood Arts Festival each spring. Many well-known individuals who have lived in North Hills include James Bondurant, the Cazana family, John Stair, Cas Walker, Patricia Neal, TVA executives, professors, doctors, attorneys, and of course, the three Fielden families. In 2008, about 130 homes and 50 acres along the three boulevards were designated a historic district in the National Register of Historic Places. Washington Pike is the northern boundary of the neighborhood with Cecil Avenue being the southern boundary. Interstates 40 and 640 are just a few blocks away with the city bus line available to the neighborhood. This historic neighborhood of tree lined lanes, classic styled homes and magnificent gardens offers a peaceful and serene setting for its residents. The area is currently zoned for Belle Morris Elementary School, Whittle Springs Middle School and Fulton High School.

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Holston Hills

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Welcome to the Holston Hills Trail, established in 1956. Here, native dogwood trees abound! In recent years, many specimen trees have been added by the Garden Club of Holston Hills. This neighborhood features numerous beautifully designed gardens and homes of varying styles set on large lots. Look for dogwoods, various specimen trees, azaleas, rhododendrons, large oaks, poplars, maples and hickory trees, woodland gardens and beds with drifts of tulips and daffodils. The pink lines on Chilhowee Dr take you to the top of a hill (Sunset & Chilhowee) marked by the 90-year old stone entrance pillars to Holston Hills. The pillars are made of white and pink Tennessee marble, with slate roofs. They were designed by Barber and McMurry Architects to reflect the early stone homes and golf course built in 1925. As you continue on, note the numerous dogwoods (native and Kousa) and many azaleas. Turn right on to West Sunset Rd and then left on to Montview. Here, numerous dogwoods and large trees shade rock gardens and homes in a variety of styles dating back to the 1930s. Continue north on Montview and then turn left on to Shady Dell and note the beautiful azaleas in the garden at house 4920 on your right. Continue east on Shady Dell and turn right on Chilhowee Dr. On your right, you will pass Holston Hills Community Park. Since its opening in the late 1950s, it has undergone many phases of development. Most recently, new beds in the lower part of the Park, dogwoods, crepe myrtles, magnolias, and a fountain have been added. Neighbors and friends of the Park have also donated commemorative stones and benches. Come take a seat on one of these benches, stroll around the grounds, and enjoy views of the Holston Hills Golf Course, established in 1929. Turn right on to Holston Hills Rd and note the newer houses and gardens that line the Course on your left. Continue from Holston Hills Rd and turn right on to Westover. While on Westover, catch views of the Smoky Mountains through the trees. Modern and older stone houses also line this road. As you continue on Westover, you come down Wyndcroft on the north side of the Park. Cross Chilhowee on to Wyndcroft. Note the Lorax tree sculpture in the garden on your left and the mid-century modern house at 5116. As you continue on Wyndcroft, you will join Green Valley Dr. On your left is a lovely Brick 1930s house and the home of Dr. Jimmy Milan, a Dogwood Arts Open Garden. The house features “clinker” brick and an incredible garden that runs up the hill behind the house to Shady Dell. Continue on Green Valley Dr and note number of stone and pink marble homes built in the 1930s and 1940s that are nestled among 1950s-60s brick colonials, ranch-style, and modern homes. Green Valley Drive curves around to the right on to Holston Hills Rd with views of the Holston River. The Road curves again and you pass Cliffside Lane, which contains the community’s oldest home (1514) in built in 1925. On this part of Holston Hills Road, you will see several original large stone and marble homes and their lovely gardens. As you approach the Country Club, look to the north side of the road and see a southern colonial and a Gothic brick home, both built in the late 1920s. At this point, turn right on to Crestwood, the second highest point in Holston Hills. Here, many large homes of different styles, built in the 1920s-30s, share a tree line street with views of the Country Club and Smoky Mountains. On your right you will pass Far Vista Dr, which is the highest point in Holston Hills. Continue down Crestwood and turn left onto lower Crestwood to see many 1950s and 60s ranchers, split levels and colonials. Turn left onto Green Valley and view more 1920s and 30s stone homes next to 1960s-70s colonials. Turn right on Marilyn to see more home in many styles and open lots with mountain views. Turn left on onto Green Valley for panoramic Holston River views through large open and wooded lots and the rolling ridges of East Tennessee. Follow the road to Sunset for more vistas of the mountains and rolling hills. Follow the road to Chilhowee and turn right to exit the Trail.

Chapman Highway

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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.

Farragut

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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 Farragut’s beautiful Library 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, home of the PGA’s “Knoxville Open” Golf Tournament, you will climb a steep hill where you can pause to see a beautiful view of the surrounding hills. 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, fully taking advantage of the flat terrain here between Fox Den and Village Green. The trail then enters into 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 Village” 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 Farragut’s charming “Library Park” and walking trails. As you turn right onto Olde Colony 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!

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Lakemoor Hills

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Sequoyah Hills

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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.

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Westmoreland

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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.

Deane Hill

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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.

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Island Home

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Welcome to the Island Home Trail in 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 1910’s. 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.

Morningside

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