Fort Dickerson Park / Augusta Quarry

Parks and Recreation Director

Sheryl Ely
[email protected]
(865) 215-4311

Lakeshore Park
5930 Lyons View Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919

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Fort Dickerson Park Site Utilities Project Sheet [PDF]
• 91.39 acres
• 2 shelters
• picnic table
• open space
• unpaved trails
• scenic view
• Fort Dickerson Earthen Fort
• Augusta Quarry
• Harold Lambert Overlook
Fort Dickerson Greenway
• 3 Authentic Replica Cannons
• Parking: 26
Handicap SignAccessible parking and restrooms
KATRoute 41 Chapman Highway at Fort Dickerson Rd.
City Council District: 1
Fort Dickerson Park / Augusta Quarry

3000 Fort Dickerson Road
Knoxville, TN 37920

Addresses for Fort Dickerson Park:
• Harold Lambert Overlook - 
3079 Fort Dickerson Road
• Fort Dickerson Gateway Park - 3096 Fort Dickerson Road
• August Quarry Access Parking - 560 Augusta Avenue

South Knoxville

Directions to the park and overlook: From downtown, take the Henley Street Bridge south to Chapman Highway; about three-quarters of a mile after crossing the bridge turn right onto Fort Dickerson Road, park is at the end of road. Directions to the quarry:  From downtown, take the Henley Street Bridge south to Chapman Highway; turn right on Hawthorne (across from Kern Bakery building); stay on this road to the quarry access gate.


• Beginning, May 29, 2021 the gate to Augusta Quarry Parking will be open 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Vehicles must exit by 8 p.m. or remain until the following day.
• Kayak, Paddleboard, & Tubes will be available to rent through River Sports Outfitters.  Personal equipment is permitted.


1.) Jumping/diving from cliffs is not permitted.
2.) Swimming is permitted.  No lifeguard on duty.  Swim at own risk.  Personal flotation devices are recommended.
3.) Non-motorized water vessels such as kayaks, canoes, etc. are permitted.
4.) Additional general park rules can be found at bottom of page as well as all posted signage.  City Ordinances, State & Federal Laws apply.

Quarry at Fort Dickerson
Quarry overlook at Fort Dickerson Park.

One of the best-preserved earthen forts from the Civil War era rests on a knob just across the river from downtown, providing a high vantage point to get a full view of the downtown skyline as well as the high peaks of the Great Smoky Mountains. The overlook peers across the placid turquoise waters that pool in the 350-foot deep quarry. History buffs will enjoy wandering over to the historic Civil War fort to stroll around the interpretive trail. There are two shelters for enjoying a picnic after walking the interactive trail around the fort, which includes three authentic replica cannons. The 4 miles of multi-use natural trails wind through the woodlands from the top of the quarry cliffs to the pool below, then winds through the woods to the Earthen Fort area and back to the quarry overlook. The Fort Dickerson Greenway connects with the natural trails in several places.


Explore views of Fort Dickerson Park on Google Trekker Street View:
Scenic Harold Lambert Overlook of the quarry (images from September 2014)
Fort Dickerson Greenway and quarry (images from September 2014)


Fort Dickerson Park Adoptees are Knoxville Police Department Explorer Post 300, Knoxville Civil War Roundtable and Urban Wilderness Arts & Trade District

Rendering of Fort Dickerson Park entrance improvements.
A rendering of the newly designed Fort Dickerson Park

map of Fort Dickerson ParkMap Legend


1.) For the protection of our park and the safety of its users, the following are prohibited:

  • No alcoholic beverages
  • No open fires
  • No hitting golf balls anywhere in the park
  • No motorized vehicles in park
  • No equestrian activity
2.) Per city ordinance, all animals must be maintained on a leash.
3.) Please be respectful of other trail users.
4.) Please help to keep our parks beautiful by disposing trash in proper receptacles.
5.) Hours - Open dawn to dusk unless otherwise posted.  (Please note that the parking area for Augusta Quarry is open 9:30am to 8pm from Memorial Day weekend through the rest of "swim season")