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WELLNESS PROGRAMS

ONGOING THROUGHOUT THE YEAR 

Dogwood Arts wants to encourage you to get out on the trails! Get out, get active, and enjoy the natural beauty of our area!

BIKES & BLOOMS 

Event Chair:  Erin Donovan

 

Discover new routes on these family friendly bike rides through scenic neighborhoods and on local greenways. Riders must wear helmets and have a basic understanding of on-road riding. Riders should wear comfortable clothing and bring any water or snacks you might need. 

Ijams Nature Center Ride

Saturday, June 24th at 10AM

  • Departing from  Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center at 900 Volunteer Landing Lane

  • Register online HERE (Free)

We’ll leave from Volunteer Landing and ride across the Gay Street Bridge down Sevier Avenue, passing by a dozen great restaurants, breweries and public art along the street. We’ll head through the beautiful Island Home neighborhood to pick up the Will Skelton Greenway that will take us to Ijams Nature Center. After a short break, we’ll head back on the same route. The ride is approximately 10 miles and should take about two hours. This ride will be led by Erin Donovan and Carol Evans.

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HIKES & BLOOMS  

Whether on a greenway through a historic park or on a natural trail through the woods, you will observe historic relics and beautiful wildflowers among the dogwood trees at Hikes & Blooms! The interactive hikes will highlight interesting facts, features, and flora in the unique locations. Hikers should wear comfortable clothing and bring any water or snacks you might need.

 

Pre-registration required. 

 

Norris State Park - Norris River Bluff Trail

Friday, April 7  at 10 AM

Led by Happy Hikers: Carlene LeCompte & Brenda Therry

**Email vbaumgartner@dogwoodarts.com to register

 

  • Easy 3 mile hike; hiking poles recommended. The River Bluff Trail is one of the best spring wildflower hikes in the area. There are huge masses of trout lilies, purple phacelia, hepatic, spring beauties, several types of trillium, twinleaf, violets, celandine poppy, and many other early spring blooms.

  • Directions - Take I-75 to Exit 122. Turn right on Hwy 61, then left on Hwy 441. The Lenoir Museum (green building) is located on the right (restrooms available here).  Cross the dam and take second road on left;  immediately turn left again on to the road for the River Bluff TVA Small Wild Area which will wind down to the parking area and trailhead. Meet at Trail head at 10:00

 

 

Spring Tree Walk 
Knoxville Botanical Garden
APRIL 8 | 9AM-10:30AM

**Register online HERE

  • Join Board Member & former KBGA staff, Dan Steinhoff, on a guided tour of KBGA’s unique & historic tree collection, with a special focus on our many varieties of dogwood trees in bloom at this time. Not to be missed!

  • Free for members, $5 for non-members.

  • All ages are welcome, and participants should meet up at the visitor center on Wimpole Ave.

Dogwood Arts Hike at Seven Islands
Seven Islands State Birding Park
APRIL 8 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

**Email stephanie.mueller@tn.gov to register

  • Join park staff for a guided hike along the trails of Seven Islands State Birding Park! Participants will learn about the conservation efforts at the park focused on birds and native plants. The hike will be an easy-moderate difficulty 2.5-mile hike. This is a free hike, but if you would like to donations to the park are welcome! This hike will leave the Bluebird Barn area at 10:00am. Please bring bottled water for yourself and comfortable shoes and clothes appropriate for the weather.

City of Knoxville Parks & Recreation Hikes

For more information email ghoward@knoxvilletn.gov or call 865.215.1709

  • Knoxville Urban Wilderness South Loop (12 Miles)

    • MARCH 25 | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM​

    • Meet at Mead's Quarry Parking Lot (3518 Island Home Pike)
       

  • Ijams Nature Center - River Trail (2.2 Miles)

    • MARCH 30 | 10:00 AM & 6:00 PM

    • Meet at 2915 Island Home Pike, 37920
       

  • Fort Dickerson/Augusta Quarry (2.5-3 Miles)

    • APRIL 6 | 10:00 AM & 6:00 PM

    • Meet at Fort Dickerson Quarry Upper Parking
       

  • Ijams Nature Center - Hickory Trail (4 Miles)

    • APRIL 13 | 10:00 AM & 6:00 PM

    • Meet at 3518 Island Home Pike, 37920
       

  • Holston River Park (2.4 Miles)

    • APRIL 20 | 10:00 AM & 6:00 PM

    • Meet at 3490 Holston Hills Rd, 37914
       

  • Island Home Park to Ijams (3.2 Miles)

    • APRIL 27 | 10:00 AM & 6:00 PM

    • Meet at 2225 Estelle Circle, 37920
       

  • Cecil Webb Recreation Center (1.75 Miles)

    • MAY 4 | 10:00 AM & 6:00 PM

    • Meet at 923 Baker Avenue, 37920
       

  • Anderson School (3.5-4.5 Miles)

    • MAY 11 | 10:00 AM & 6:00 PM

    • Meet at 4808 Prospect Road, 37920​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

WALKING TRIALS 

OPEN YEAR-AROUND

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.  Don’t forget to snap some pictures while you’re on the trail, and share them with us––we would love to feature them on social media. Just tag us in your posts (@dogwoodarts) or use #dogwoodtrails so we can see them!

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NORTH

4TH & GILL

The corner of East Glenwood & Luttrell Street at Brownlow School, Knoxville, 37917  

  • Check the special event mailbox at trail entrance for guided map during the month of April.

ADAIR PARK

1807 Adair Drive, Knoxville, 37918

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OLD NORTH KNOXVILLE

1421 N. Broadway, Knoxville, 37917

  • 100 block of West Glenwood Ave in the parking lot of Rose Mortuary

  • Google Map

EAST

KNOXVILLE BOTANICAL GARDEN & ARBORETUM

2743 Wimpole Avenue, Knoxville, 37914

SEVEN ISLANDS WILDLIFE REFUGE

2809 Kelly Lane, Knoxville, 37914 

  • ~5 miles, great for birdwatching

ALCOA

MARYVILLE ALCOA GREENWAY

636 Vose Road, Alcoa, 37701 

  • 9 miles, paved

SPRINGBROOK PARK

1561 Dalton Street, Alcoa, 37701 

  • 16 miles of greenways

ROANE COUNTY

BETTY BROWN TRAIL

Kingston City Park, 333 W Race St, Kingston, 37763 

  • *Lovely paved 3 mile trail that also links to the Fort South West Visitor Center. 

  • 3 miles one way, paved

HAMBLEN COUNTY

TROUT LILY TRAIL

2010 Panther Creek Road, Morristown, 37814

  • This 2 mile trail has many spring flowers to enjoy

SEVIER COUNTY

CHESTNUT TOP TRAIL / SCHOOL HOUSE GAP LOOP

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, 37738

  • 6.3 miles; great for wildflower viewing

MEMORIAL RIVER GREENWAY TRAIL

Located on both the west and east banks of the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River between the Gatlinburg Highway Bridge and the Chapman Highway Bridge. 

  • 2 miles of walking/running trail along the waterfront

SOUTH

IJAMS NATURE CENTER

2915 Island Home Avenue, Knoxville, 37920 

  • 3.62 miles, paved; 11.8 miles, natural trails

  • Google Map

WILLIAM HASTIE PARK

1302 Margaret Road

  • Close to Ijams Nature Center 

  • 6.5 miles of trails

WEST

GRIGSBY CHAPEL GREENWAY

at the corner of Campbell Station Road and Campbell Lakes Drive, Knoxville, 37934  

  • Perfect for biking. Parking available at 11700 Campbell Lakes Drive.

  • 2.25 miles, paved

TEN MILE CREEK GREENWAY

200 N. Peters Rd, Knoxville, 37923

SEQUOYAH GREENWAY

Entrance at 1400 Cherokee Boulevard, Knoxville, 37919 

  • 2.6 miles one way, crushed gravel

CONCORD PARK TRAILS

10901 Northshore Drive, 37772

  • Next to PetSafe Dog Park 

  • 10 miles of trails

OAK RIDGE/ANDERSON COUNTY

HAW RIDGE PARK

821 Old Edgemoor Road 

  • 35 miles of dirt trails for hikers and bikers

MELTON HILL GREENWAY

697 Melton Lake Drive 

  • 8 miles roundtrip

UT ARBORETUM

901 S. Illinois Ave, Oak Ridge 

  • 6 miles, not dog-friendly

NORRIS

NORRIS SONGBIRD TRAIL

2121 Norris Freeway 

  • This gravel 2.3 mile loop is a beautiful flat path below the Norris Dam and is across from the Lenoir Museum. 

LOUDON COUNTY

MEADOW LOOP TRAIL & RIDGE TOP TRAIL LOOP

338 Fort Loudoun Road, Vonore, 37885 

  • Both of these trails are located in the Fort Loudoun State Historic Park and are under 5 miles long

EAST LAKESHORE TRAILS

Highway 95, Tellico. 

  • 30 miles of trails, several trailheads

MORGAN COUNTY

EMORY TRAIL

Frozen Head State Park, 964 Flat Fork Road, Wartburg, 37887 

  • An easy 1-mile family hike with flowers and two waterfalls  

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