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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 strolls through the forest canopy to the towering cliffs of the Fort Dickerson Park quarry. There is an optional loop trail that ventures along the length of the cliffs.The greenway terminates at a deep pool of turquoise water surrounded by walls that soar seventy-feet above the pool. The greenway is flat except for the loop that ventures along the cliffs. For a more strenuous hike or mountain bike ride, climb the serpentine Fort Dickerson Trail through the woodlands from the greenway 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.

The City of Knoxville, working with the Aslan Foundation, has recently 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 and the Augusta Ave entrance. There are now 2 parking areas at the Augusta Avenue entrance. Users that want to walk the graveled greenway or get on the trails may find the first parking area convenient while those needing direct access to the quarry can travel the 0.4 mile gravel road to park near the quarry. Over the next few years, other improvements will include restrooms, a dock, a concession stand and lockers for kayaks and canoes.

Note that alcoholic beverages and jumping off the cliffs into the quarry pool are not allowed! There is a guard on duty to enforce these regulations. Quarry park hours are from 10 am to 8 pm during the summer months.

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Fort Dickerson Greenway Map

Green line: greenway
Brown line: natural trail
City of Knoxville Greenway map
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