One of the best preserved earthen forts from the Civil War area.

Here’s what you need to know: “Fort Dickerson was built by the Federal army in 1863-64 across the Holston (now Tennessee) River from Knoxville. The forts along this ridge were constructed to prevent the Confederates from bombarding Knoxville to drive out the Federals. Confederate cavalry attempted an attack on 15 and 16 November 1863 but retreated when they decided they could not take the fort due to the steep terrain and strength of the defending troops.”

We visited once in late winter when the views were not as pretty, and then again in late spring, with decidedly better views.

Fort Dickerson Quarry, a popular spot for canoeing and kayaking.

Wandering in this little park is CTF-approved, too.