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Legacy Parks Treasure — Fort Dickerson Park is part of the 1,000-acre Knoxville Urban Wilderness 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 forty miles of recreational trails, four civil war sites, and diverse ecological features and recreational amenities.

Fort Dickerson, one of the best-preserved earthen forts from the Civil War era, is nestled in a spectacular city park featuring a pristine quarry lake and more than four miles of multi-use natural trails. There are two shelters for enjoying a picnic after walking the interactive trail around the fort, which includes three authentic replica cannons. There are two parking areas at Fort Dickerson. The upper entrance off Chapman Highway is closest to the Fort. The lower entrance at Augusta Avenue provides easy access to the quarry lake where swimming, paddling, and fishing are permitted.

Note: The City of Knoxville is making improvements on the Augusta Avenue entrance. When the project is completed, there will be restrooms, a dock, a concession stand, and lockers for kayaks and canoes.

Paddling and Swimming:
During summer months, the quarry is a favorite cool-down spot for swimmers and paddlers of all ages. Only non-motorized boats are permitted. Users may park in the Quarry access parking area at the end of Augusta drive. The City of Knoxville is making improvements on the Augusta Avenue entrance. When the project there will be 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.

Knoxville's closest urban trails are just across the Tennessee River from downtown! There are 4 miles of trail which can be accessed from both the upper and lower entrances at Fort Dickerson Park. These machine-built trails wind through the forest and skirt around the quarry making a connection with the overlook, the quarry pool, and with the earthen fort. Riders can make an easy connection to the Knoxville Urban Wilderness Trails via a short road section.

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