Dogwood Trail Celebration

Beautiful by day and glorious by night, the lighted trail covers approximately 10 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 will be strategically located at each turn in the Trail. 

Paducah's 53rd Annual Dogwood Trail Celebration in 2017 will feature a Lighted Dogwood Trail and Daytime Historic Trail. Download the 2017 Dogwood Trail Map or follow the signs for a self-guided spring tour!

The lighted Dogwood Trail will officially begin on Tuesday, April 4 with peak bloom expected during the first and second weeks of April. The tour showcases dogwood, Japanese maple, red bud and weeping cherry trees as well as blooming garden areas and other flowering species.

Special Dogwood Trail Celebration Events:

  • April-June - Dogwood Trail Art & Photography Exhibit at Paducah City Hall
  • April 12 - "Self-Portrait with Dogwood" Book Reading at McCracken County Library
  • April 13 - Dogwood Trail Trolley Rides
  • April 23 - Dogwood Trail Bike Ride presented by BikeWorld

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.

Luxury Travel Magazine included Paducah Dogwood Trail's 50th Anniversary Celebration among top Spring Flower Festivals Across America in 2014.