Fort Dickerson Quarry
Knoxville, TN 37920
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.
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.
City of Knoxville Park
Telephone: 3-1-1 or 865-215-4311
Park Size: 85 acres
Greenway: 0.9 mile one-way
Surface: crushed gravel
Natural Trail: 1.0 miles one-way
Hours: dawn till dusk
Fort Dickerson Greenway
Fort Dickerson Trails
3000 Fort Dickerson Road
Directions: Take I–40 to the James White Parkway, exit 389 and travel south. Cross the South Knoxville Bridge and take the 1st exit heading west off the ramp onto Sevier Ave. Continue straight on E Blount Ave and turn left on Chapman Highway. Turn right on Fort Dickerson Rd which will end at the park.
520 Augusta Avenue
Directions: Take I–40 to exit 389, Hall of Fame Dr and head southbound. Continue straight and turn right on Hill Ave, then left on Gay St. Cross the bridge and turn right onto Blount Ave. Cross Chapman Highway to continue on Blount Ave. Turn left on Augusta St which ends at the gravel parking lot entrance.