Fort Dickerson Quarry Paddling
Knoxville, TN 37920
One of the best-preserved earthen forts from the Civil War era rests on a knob just across the river from downtown. Fort Dickerson Park is home to one of 16 earthen forts and battery positions that protected the City of Knoxville during the Civil War days. From this high vantage point, looking to the north, you can span a full view of the city stretching to the high ridges beyond Fountain City, while the southern view highlights the foothills and high peaks of the Great Smoky Mountains. The overlook peers across the placid turquoise waters that pool in the 350-foot deep quarry. There are 2 shelters for enjoying a picnic after walking the interactive trail around the fort which includes 3 authentic replica cannons. For those wanting a longer hike, run or mountain bike ride, enjoy the natural surface trail that starts near the powerline and descents through the hills down to the Fort Dickerson Greenway. Here the greenway winds over to the edge of the quarry's pool.