The Dogwood City of Knoxville
Knoxville's Dogwood Trails are 60 miles of clearly marked, breathtaking beauty. Winding roads meander through the city, past Knoxville's most stunning dogwoods.
Hide CaptionShow CaptionDogwoods don't actually "bloom" though. What appears to be flowers are actually modified leaves called bracts. The real flowers are tiny yellow clusters found inside the bracts.
Knoxville's official love affair with dogwoods got its official start in the 1950s after a New York City author described the city as one of the ugliest places he had ever visited. The good people of Knoxville were not amused. There was plenty to love about their city and they had the trees to prove it. So in 1955, the Dogwood Trails were born--and the critics silenced.