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.

Bloom Watch

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:

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13 TRAILS

85+ MILES

67 YEAR HISTORY

DOGWOOD TRAILS

 

2022 FEATURED TRAILS: 
SOUTH KNOXVILLE

Lakemoor Hills

Lakemoor Hills, est. in 1965, is a lovely south Knoxville waterfront neighborhood with mature trees and  an abundance of spring-blooming dogwoods.

Chapman Highway

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.

Island Home

Historic Island Home Park is an early 20th century streetcar suburb and home to the city’s largest concentration of Bungalow-style homes. 

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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

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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.

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2022 TRAIL GUIDE

  • Printed Guides are available at the Dogwood Arts Office (123 W. Jackson Avenue) and Visit Knoxville (301 S. Gay Street)


DOWNLOAD A PDF VERSION:

TRAILS PROGRAMS

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BAZILLION BLOOMS

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.

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BIKES & BLOOMS

Experience the Dogwood trails the lean, green way – on a bicycle by way of
an organized ride.

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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.

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FEATURED GARDENS

APRIL 17-18, 2021

Select properties with distinguished and remarkable gardens open their grounds
to the public for one weekend only.

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HIKES & BLOOMS

These interpretive hikes will highlight interesting facts, features, and flora about unique locations.

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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.