When spring arrives, Knox County plans to usher in the season by highlighting the area's dogwood trees. The Knox County Visitors Bureau is continuing the traditional drive-it-yourself dogwood tours that have been popular since the early '60s.

The Mount Vernon and Knox County area has long been known for its abundance of dogwood trees. The flowering trees grow wild throughout most of the county, particularly in the hills of eastern Knox County where the trees are plentiful and noted for their extra large blooms. Entire hillsides can be found engulfed in a sea of white in early spring. Pink dogwoods are also prominent in this area and local residents report the "pink is more vibrant than any other you'll ever find."

Dogwood tours in Knox County first became popular in the 1960's. There were two routes: the Mohican Trail, north of Danville; and the Wakatomika Trail, south of Martinsburg. The "drive-it-yourself" tours took place every year, the second weekend of May, for more than 10 years.

While many local dogwoods are native to Knox County, most of those found within the Mount Vernon city limits have been planted in the past 30 years. More than 2,500 dogwoods trees have been sold by the Chamber of Commerce and the Convention and Visitors Bureau. Many of the dogwoods which line the city streets in Mount Vernon were purchased through these annual tree sales. The first dogwood sales began in the early 1960s when Jim Dally headed up the Chamber.

Tours are typically set for May 1st through the 20th and encompass Knox County and feature a route connecting the two Dogwood Trails in the eastern part of the county and the Dogwood Trail in Mount Vernon. The printed drive-it-yourself tour maps are available from the Visitors Bureau or via download below.

Download the following maps:
Knox County Dogwood Trails
Mohican Dogwood Trail
Mount Vernon Dogwood Trail
Wakatomica Dogwood Trail

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