TRAILS & GARDENS
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!
History: In 1947, New York newspaper reporter John Gunther came into town, checked out the area, then returned to New York and wrote “Knoxville is the ugliest city I ever saw in America, with the possible exception of some mill towns in New England. Its main street is called Gay Street; this seemed to me to be a misnomer.” Thus, in 1955, members of the Knoxville Garden Club, led by Betsey Creekmore, Martha Ashe and Betsy Goodson, along with a group of concerned citizens with a vision began a civic beautification project–the Dogwood Trails.
The Dogwoods in Knoxville, TN will be in full bloom before we know it! Follow along here as we track the buds on a Dogwood tree in Downtown Knoxville so you can plan your springtime visit and enjoy the blooms at their peak!
We are officially in Full Bloom! Check out the photos below taken on Thursday, April 7th:
67 YEAR HISTORY
2022 FEATURED TRAILS:
Lakemoor Hills, est. in 1965, is a lovely south Knoxville waterfront neighborhood with mature trees and an abundance of spring-blooming dogwoods.
This trail is a two-part story made up of post-World War II Colonial Village homes on the West side of Chapman Hwy and Lake Forest with beautiful examples of East Tennessee pink marble on the east.
Historic Island Home Park is an early 20th century streetcar suburb and home to the city’s largest concentration of Bungalow-style homes.
There are Dogwood Trails in all four corners of Knoxville!
Choose from the list below to start your Springtime Adventure
Check out these additional Open Gardens & Camera Sites (off Dogwood Trails)
Fourth & Gill/Broadway Corridor, Downtown, South, Outside of Knoxville
THE PINK LINE STORY
THE PINK LINE STORY
FOLLOW THE PINK LINES
Pink lines are painted along each Dogwood Trail, directing you through roughly 85 miles of blooming neighborhoods. The City of Knoxville uses roughly 100 gallon of custom-blended paint each year to make sure the Trails stay bright pink throughout the spring season.
"We'll have about three to four days with two crews doing the actual stripping, and another three or four days for the arrows and iconic dogwood bloom," signs and markings supervisor Bryan Gilbert says.