The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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March 22, 2014

Blooms a-plenty: Davey Dogwood Park feature of annual festival



Over the years, the Dogwood Trails Celebration has continued to draw thousands of nature lovers and tourists to Palestine to see the dogwood blooms, enjoy nature walks and bicycle through the park.

“There are already cars driving through the park — some with out-of-state (license) plates,” Lake-Wolfe said. “We even saw a group having a picnic on top of Manly Mountain. Spring has arrived!”

There are two entrances to Davey Dogwood Park with the main entrance at 900 N. Link St. A bus entrance is located on Queen Street off North Loop 256. The park is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

For families interested in having a picnic, there are two picnic areas inside the park. One is called Manley Mountain, which is near the park entrance on North Link Street. The other picnic areas is at the center of the park with a pavilion area.

Touring the park has become a tradition in Palestine during the Dogwood Trails Celebration — which opens with a Dogwood Trails parade and festival today in the downtown Palestine area.

“The 76th Annual Dogwood Trails Celebration is three weekends filled with dogwoods, history and fun. There is definitely something for everyone!” Wolf-Lake said.

For more information about Davey Dogwood Park's history and the Dogwood Trails Celebration, visit

A “Visit Palestine TX” mobile app also is available for free download from the Apple App Store and Google Play — a good tool for visitors during the Dogwood Trails Celebration.

Through the mobile app, users can explore restaurants, lodging, shops, attractions, as well as an extensive events section that provides up-to-date happenings throughout the community. The app will continuously be updated with information and special features.

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