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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! There are 4 miles of trail which can be accessed from both the upper and lower entrances at Fort Dickerson Park. From the lower entrance the trail connects to the crushed graveled Fort Dickerson Greenway. These machine-built trails wind through the forest and skirt around the quarry making a connection with the quarry overlook, the pool below, and with the earthen fort. Riders can make an easy connection to the Knoxville Urban Wilderness Trails via a short road section. Trails are rated easy to moderate. The Appalachian Mountain Bike Club and the City of Knoxville are currently working on building new trails at the Park. Click on this link for a work-in-progress map of the new trails. We will post an updated map when the City is finished building the new trails.

The 0.5-mile crushed gravel (chatt) surface of the Fort Dickerson Greenway strolls through the forest canopy and terminates at the deep pool of turquoise water surrounded by quarry walls that soar seventy-feet above the pool. A 0.5-mile loop trail wanders along the length of the cliffs offering several viewing spots from the north side of the quarry. The greenway is flat except for the loop that climbs alongside lengths of the cliffs.

There are 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 with direct access to the quarry. Over the next few years, other improvements will include restrooms, a dock, a concession stand and lockers for kayaks and canoes.

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