Created By: Dogwood Arts
Dogwood Trail West
7.3 Miles | Trail begins at 4501 Lyons View Pike (37919)
Welcome to the Westmoreland Dogwood Trail that begins on Lyons View Drive. Knoxville’s first golf course lies behind the tall hedge on the right of the road. It belongs to Cherokee Country Club, which was organized in 1907; the clubhouse is on the left at the midpoint of Fort Loudon Lake’s magnificent horseshoe bend. Here the homes on both sides of Lyons View Drive command panoramic views of the curving lake, with four tiers of smoke-blue mountains in the background. On the left is the former home of Lakeshore Mental Health Institute. This site was chosen in 1883 for a mental hospital, and one turreted and crenellated building dating from that period still stands at the top of the hill. In 1994, a portion of this land was leased by the City of Knoxville to be managed by Youth Sports. The area will house youth sports fields as well as a lighted walking/jogging path. On the right is a new Veterans Cemetery opened by the State of Tennessee in 1991. (YOU ARE AT THE WATERWHEEL) Past broad Northshore Drive and willow-bordered Fourth Creek, the entrance to Westmoreland is marked by colorful plantings and a rustic waterwheel. Originally, the tall wheel in its attractive stone housing was useful as well as ornamental; it furnished electric power for the early houses in this residential area. In Westmoreland, open stretches of smooth lawns and bright gardens alternate with deeply wooded area carpeted with mayapples and violets. From homes along Sherwood Drive’s highest elevation, the Cumberland Mountains are dimly visible toward the west. Two new areas were added to the Westmoreland Trail in 1993. The first is the attractive Gate Head area along Scotswood Circle. As you continue along the trail, travel down Sherwood Drive, cross Westland Drive and turn right to Westmoreland Hills. Homeowners in these newer areas have planted white dogwood trees, plants, and shrubs native to the East Tennessee area. As the trail leaves beautiful Westmoreland Hills, you enter into the Hickory Hills area. Newer homes in this neighborhood boast beautiful lawns and plantings. Now you travel into Rotherwood and cross Westland again onto Sherwood Drive. Trees overhang beautiful Stone Mill Road as you approach the waterwheel once more. Retracing Lyons View Drive, enjoy the sweeping view of Fort Loudon Lake and the Great Smoky Mountains. The Westmoreland Dogwood Trail ends at the junction of Lyons View Drive and Kingston Pike. Turn right onto Kingston Pike to reach the Sequoyah Hills Dogwood Trail, The University of Tennessee and downtown Knoxville.
Open Gardens and Camera Sites
The open gardens and camera sites listed are only open April 1-30. Please visit only when yard signs are displayed.
Camera Site: Available for photos; please do not enter the gardens.
Open Gardens: Open for a self guided tour daily form 10am-6pm.
About Dogwood Arts
Dogwood Arts has a 65-year history of arts advocacy, environmental stewardship, and economic impact in East Tennessee. With the financial support of corporate sponsors, grant funding, local government investment, and private donors, we produce 20 year-round events and programs that help make Knoxville a great place to live, work, and play.
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