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
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 12,000 new dogwoods in 12 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
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.