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–the Dogwood Trails.
VIRTUAL GARDEN TOURS:
Take a break and enjoy this intimate look at the magnificent woodland garden that owners Michael & Mary Bates have been cultivating for over 25 years.
Video by Pop Fizz Brand Productions, 2020
PURCHASE TREES THROUGH NOV 18TH
Bazillion Blooms is our annual tree-planting campaign where we sell bare-root dogwood trees to Keep Knoxville Blooming. Dogwood Arts along with corporate
and community support has planted more than 11,000 new dogwoods in 11 years.
BIKES & BLOOMS
Experience the Dogwood trails the lean, green way – on a bicycle by way of
an organized ride.
DOGWOOD TRAILS, OPEN GARDENS & CAMERA SITES
APRIL 1-30, 2021
Explore the natural beauty of our region along more than 80 miles of trails as
you enjoy a walk, bike or drive on the iconic Dogwood Trails throughout the Knoxville area.
APRIL 17-18, 2021
Select properties with distinguished and remarkable gardens open their grounds
to the public for one weekend only.
HIKES & BLOOMS
Produced along with Covenant Health, these interpretive hikes will highlight interesting facts, features, and flora about unique locations.
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. Walk, run or bike these trails to earn miles towards the Covenant Health Dogwood Patch!