Augusta Quarry reopens during construction pause

Susan EspirituOur Town Neighbors, South Knox

Augusta Quarry at Fort Dickerson Park has reopened between construction phases. The three-phase project is supported by the Aslan Foundation and the city of Knoxville. The old quarry was abandoned and little used, although highly dangerous with slick stone walls that made it hard to exit the water.

The quarry is accessible off Augusta Road off Blount Avenue in South Knoxville.

Phase one created a temporary parking area to access the quarry lake in the summer of 2017. Phase two in 2018 included the construction of a gateway, roadway and parking lot. Phase three will include the construction of a boardwalk, kiosk and restrooms.

Improvements provide a second entrance to Fort Dickerson Park (the other is on Chapman HIghway). Fort Dickerson Park features multiple breathtaking views and overlooks, Civil War earthworks, replica cannons, and multi-use trails across 85 acres. Once the Augusta Quarry project is complete, the Aslan Foundation will partner with the city of Knoxville to improve the top of Fort Dickerson Park, which includes the Civil War site, overlooks and trails.

The Augusta Quarry at Fort Dickerson Park is part of the Urban Wilderness’s Battlefield Loop. Learn more about Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness.

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