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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. 

Knoxville's closest urban trails are just across the Tennessee River from downtown! The 1 mile out-and-back trail can be accessed from either entrance to Fort Dickerson Park. From the main entrance off Chapman Highway, the trail starts near the powerline and descends through the hills down to the Fort Dickerson Greenway. Steep in places, this multi-use trail drops down to the Augusta Street entrance where it connects with the Fort Dickerson Greenway. Follow the greenway over to the scenic waters along the quarry's edge.

Note: the City of Knoxville and the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club are currently building new trails that will create a loop that descents from the overlook down to the quarry waters then serpentines through the woods back to the main entrance.

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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