Dogwood Trail Celebration

Beautiful by day and glorious by night

The lighted trail covers approximately 11 miles highlighting dogwoods and flowering garden areas. While the trees are in bloom (mid-April, depending on the blooming of the Dogwoods), Dogwood Trail signs are strategically located at each turn in the Trail. 

Paducah's 55th Annual Dogwood Trail Celebration in 2019 will feature a Lighted Dogwood Trail and Daytime Historic Trail. Download the trail map or follow the signs for a self-guided spring tour!

The lighted trail dates below are projected by the Paducah Civic Beautification Board (CBB), but Mother Nature determines peak bloom.

Special Dogwood Trail Celebration Events

  • April 14 - Lighted Dogwood Trail begins!
  • April 14 - Dogwood Trail Bicycle Tour presented by BikeWorld
  • April 18 - Trolley Rides of the Dogwood Trail beginning at Paducah Area Transit System at 6:30 PM
  • April 30-May 10 - Dogwood Trail Art & Photography Contest Exhibit at Paducah School of Art & Design
  • May 2 - Paducah City Hall Unveiling, Dogwood Trail winners and Photo Contest Winners to be announced

The lighting of the dogwood trail in Paducah began in April 1964 when the Civic Beautification Board started the tradition of touring Paducah in bloom at night. Inspired by the beauty of Knoxville, Tennesee's lighted dogwoods, the trail is now a driving tour traversing Historic Downtown, Lower Town Arts District and other residential neighborhoods. The tour showcases Dogwood, Japanese Maple, Red Bud and Weeping Cherry trees as well as blooming garden areas and other flowering species.

Birds & Blooms included Paducah Dogwood Trail among 8 Must-See Flower Festivals!