Legacy Parks Treasure — Fort Dickerson Park is part of the 1,000-acre Knoxville Urban Wilderness Corridor championed by Legacy Parks Foundation. We invite you to become a Friend of Legacy Parks where your donations help us build trails and expand this unique urban playground! Teamed up with Ijams, AMBC, TWRA along with the City and County of Knoxville, we are developing the 1,000-acre Urban Wilderness Corridor, that when completed, will connect ten parks, feature thirty miles of recreational trails, three civil war forts, historic settlement sites, and diverse ecological features and recreational amenities. Keep your donations coming and help us continue to grow Knoxville's uniquely urban playground!
The crushed gravel (chatt) surface of the Fort Dickerson Greenway winds through the forest canopy to the towering cliffs of the Fort Dickerson Park quarry. The greenway terminates at a deep pool of turquoise water. Stop for a while to take in the beauty and unique perspective of the quarry walls that soar seventy-feet above the pool. There is an optional loop trail that ventures along the length of the cliffs. Expect some elevation change along this trail compared to the relatively flat and easy main section of the greenway. For a more strenuous hike or mountain bike ride, climb the serpentine Fort Dickerson Trail through the woodlands from the lower parking area to the top of the quarry. From the overlook, you can view the quarry from a different vantage point taking in the distant downtown skyline. History buffs will enjoy wandering over to the historic Civil War fort to stroll around the interpretive trail.
The City of Knoxville, working with the Aslan Foundation, has added a new 1-acre gateway park with stone columns, open space and historic signage, improving the Chapman Highway entrance of the 85-acre Fort Dickerson Park. They are currently working with the Aslan Foundation to create a plan and design for the entrance on Augusta Avenue so that users will have direct access to the quarry.
Green line: greenway
Brown line: natural trail
City of Knoxville Greenway map
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