History in Bloom on Knoxville's Dogwood Trails
Hundreds of red tulips, perfectly coiffed shrubs and bright yellow pansies surround a stately circular shaped fountain in the middle of Knoxville’s famed Cherokee Boulevard. This area first came into prominence about a hundred years ago as the area now known as Sequoyah Hills was first “settled.” While the suburban sprawl has stretched out miles further now, this was in essence the city’s first “suburb.” This time of year, thousands more people head through the historic neighborhood to take in the sights along the city’s oldest Dogwood Trail.
Following the pink arrows and dashes leads you down Cherokee Boulevard, a divided street with a greenway, fountains and small gardens along the way. At times, the trail meanders off the main road heading deeper into this historic neighborhood. Along the way, the Dogwood Trees shine in the spotlight, but a supporting cast of colorful flower gardens and stately homes add to the magic of this revered trail.
Cherokee Boulevard winds along the bend in the Tennessee River which comes into view on several occasions. Sequoyah Park sprawls out from the street down to the banks of the river, a perfect break in the neat row of houses along the shoreline. Take time on your drive to get out an enjoy the peaceful nature of this park not too far away from the hustle of Downtown Knoxville.
Even after the dogwood blooms disappear, you can find plenty of reasons to take a drive through this part of town or just stroll through it as it is very walkable. If you can find some time, Google Sequoyah Hills and learn a little more about its rich history. You can easily continue your Dogwood Trail experience nearby on the Westmoreland Dogwood Trail.
For trail maps, lists of gardens and other Dogwood Arts Festival events visit www.dogwoodarts.com .