The Dogwood Trail Celebration happens day and night. The trail is a 12.5 mile driving tour through downtown, LowerTown, and several residential neighborhoods. Many spring flowering trees, Dogwood, Japanese Maple, Red Bud, and Weeping Cherry will be showcased.
The theme of the 50th annual Dogwood Trail Celebration is “Light Up Paducah-Shine for the 50th!". Dogwood Trail signs, located at each turn along the Trail, guide viewers through the springtime festival. Follow the signs in your own vehicle. City residents are encouraged to plant dogwood trees and light their trees, blooming plants, and doorways.
The Paducah School of Art & Design and the Paducah Civic Beautification Board are sponsoring a Dogwood Art & Photography Contest, celebrating Paducah’s 50th Dogwood Trail. The 2014 Art & Photography Contest Application Form and Entries must be submitted March 24 through March 27.
On Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 2:30 p.m., BikeWorld is coordinating a bike ride weaves through neighborhoods on the trail. The community is invited to the spring celebration ride and cookout at BikeWorld located at 809 Joe Clifton Drive. In some years, as many as 250 cyclists have participated.
John's Pass Carriage Service offers Dogwood Trail carriage ride tours by reservation. Call 618.458.7095 to make a reservation.
Round out your dogwood tour weekend
First stop, the visitor center, Whitehaven Welcome Center. Exit 7 Off Interstate 24 On Highway 45 ,1845 Lone Oak Road, Paducah, KY 42001, Phone: (270) 554-2077
Instead of building a new Welcome Center, Kentucky decided to preserve it's history by preserving a Classical Revival house was converted to a Welcome Center. This historic home features many antiques and memorabilia from former Vice President Alben W. Barkley.
Lobby open 24 hours for the traveling public with vending machines and restrooms. Welcome Center Hours: Mon.-Sat., 8 AM-4:30 PM. Closed Sundays, and national holidays. Stretch, pick up a map, and ask the helpful folks there to assist you in planning your weekend.
Pick up maps, begin walking tours and get free visitor guides right on the square at Paducah's Visitor Center. From here, walk or drive to the National Quilt Museum.
Dogwood tree sale
An annual dogwood tree sale will be 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at six local nurseries.
Civic Beautification Board members will be at each nurseries to answer questions about the best planting locations, how to plant, and care of the dogwood.
These nurseries will offer their dogwood trees, all sizes, for the best price of the year. Blooms & Gardens, Eads Garden Center, Edwards Nursery, James Sanders Nursery, Montgomery Gardens, and Wahl's Landscape and Garden Shoppe.
A dollar from the sale of each tree will go toward purchasing dogwoods for the Children's Memorial Garden at Noble Park. The garden is a memorial to the 19 children who lost their lives in the Oklahoma City bombings.
Getting to Paducah Kentucky
Paducah is at the confluence of the Tennessee and Ohio rivers, halfway between St. Louis, Missouri and Nashville, Tennessee on Interstate 24 and less than 300 miles from Branson, Missouri.
Download the 2014 Dogwood Trail Map or follow the signs for a self-guided spring tour.