Reservation Hotline: 800 256 4024
Reservation Hotline: 800 256 4024

Fort Dickerson Park

3096 Fort Dickerson Road | Knoxville, TN 37920
Knoxville, TN 37920
(865) 215-4311
Region: South

85 acres
Crushed Gravel Trail: 0.9 miles
Natural Trail: 2.5 miles
Type: singletrack
Difficulty: easy to moderate

One of the best-preserved earthen forts from the Civil War era rests on a knob just across the river from downtown, providing a high vantage point to get a full view of the downtown skyline as well as the high peaks of the Great Smoky Mountains. The overlook peers across the placid turquoise waters that pool in the 350-foot deep quarry. History buffs will enjoy wandering over to the historic Civil War fort to stroll around the interpretive trail. There are two shelters for enjoying a picnic after walking the interactive trail around the fort, which includes three authentic replica cannons. The 2.5 miles of multi-use natural trails wind through the woodlands from the top of the quarry cliffs to the pool below and connects with the Greenway. During summer months, the quarry is a favorite cool-down spot for swimmers of all ages.

Features: greenways, trails, mountain biking, swimming, paddling, picnic areas, shelters, wildlife viewing

GREENWAY
Augusta Road Parking: 530 Augusta Avenue
Crushed Gravel Trail: 0.9 miles

The 0.4-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.

PADDLING & SWIMMING
Quarry Access Parking: 550 Augusta Avenue

During summer months, the quarry is a favorite cool-down spot for swimmers and paddlers of all ages. Only non-motorized boats are permitted. 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 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. Quarry park hours are from 10 am to 8 pm during the summer months.

TRAIL
Gateway Park Entrance: 3096 Fort Dickerson Rd.
Augusta Road Parking: 530 Augusta Avenue
Natural Trail: 2.5 miles
Type: singletrack
Difficulty: easy to moderate

Knoxville's closest urban trails are just across the Tennessee River from downtown! The 2.5 miles of trail can be accessed from both the upper and lower entrances to Fort Dickerson Park. The lower entrance connects to the graveled greenway. These machine-built trails wind through the forest and skirt around the quarry making a connection with the quarry overlook with the pool below. Riders can make an easy connection to the Knoxville Urban Wilderness Trails via a short road section.

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    Fort Dickerson Living History...

    • Fort Dickerson Park
    • Oct 28, 2017 - Oct 29, 2017

    Activities will include living history campsites, infantry drilling with rifle firing demonstrations, a Civil War medical and surgical exhibit, ladies...

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