This charming little neighborhood will whisk you away in a heartbeat.

Welcome to Lake Forest

One truth I know about people is that they are curious. I am not completely certain, but I am fairly sure that from the inception of private dwellings, humanity’s overarching curiosity about what is inside someone else’s house sprang forth. It’s a leap I understand, but seriously, don’t you wonder what’s in that house you drive by every day, the one on the corner that reminds you of “so and so’s” place from when you were a kid?
It certainly seems that some houses, and neighborhoods, inspire within us the desire to dream, to wonder, to wish for just a moment to peer inside the homes that comprise the communities in which they are found. For me, the historic neighborhoods in Knoxville hold that special power to pique my curiosity. They make me feel like I am in another era, or they inspire me to want to bring life back to a house that has seen better days.
One of those special neighborhoods in Lake Forest. Situated in South Knoxville, approximately 4 miles from Downtown, this charming little neighborhood will whisk you away in a heartbeat. Much like its sister automobile suburb of Lindbergh Forest, and the nearby Colonial Village, this community has narrow curving roads that meander up and over its’ wooded hills. Forget the GPS. Put down the map. Let yourself step into this quaint neighborhood and get lost. Don’t worry, you can’t get too lost.
While there may be boundary disputes, or maybe it is just boundary confusion, Knox County defines this neighborhood as lying on the east side of Chapman Highway between E Red Bud Rd. to the north and Eastwood Dr to the south. Comprised 17 streets, many with similar names such as Lake Forest Dr, E Lake Forest Dr, Lake Forest Cr, and Lakewood Dr, which twist and turn and sometimes change names within the blink of an eye. Within these winding streets, you will find perfect examples of post-war 1940s brick cottages, Cape Cods, and the occasional mid-century modern ranch. For the most part, it is one adorable cottage-style home after another on wooded, azalea-laden lots, dotting the streets of one of the official Dogwood Trails in Knoxville.
The neighborhood organization’s mission statement, “The Lake Forest Neighborhood Association exists to foster a sense of community and to enhance the quality of life for all individuals within our neighborhood. We believe that all people in our neighborhood have a right to be heard regardless of race, sex, age, national origin, or religious beliefs. We promote community involvement to improve the safety and beauty of our neighborhood. Our ultimate goal is to form a close-knit community with area residents, to work together for the collective good of our neighborhood, and to have fun doing so.” Driving through Lake Forest the other day, the residents waved at me as I slowly passed by them working in their yards or chatting with one another. It would seem their mission is well on its way to being accomplished.

Best of the Neighborhood

  • Shop: Basement Records, KAARM Thrift store
  • Eat: Ye Olde Steakhouse, Szechuan Garden
  • See: Dogwood Trail, Gary Underwood Park & Greenway, Lakewood Forest Presbyterian Church
Go ahead, and embrace your natural curiosity. Take a drive through Lake Forest and discover one of Knoxville’s lesser-known historic gems.
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Overview for LAKE FOREST, TN

41,826 people live in LAKE FOREST, where the median age is 36.7 and the average individual income is $30,215. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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There's plenty to do around LAKE FOREST, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Somewhat Bikeable
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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Angry Dumplings Tea, Hello Tea House, and South Press.

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Dining · $$ 4.22 miles 45 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $ 4.82 miles 37 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $ 3.54 miles 26 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.36 miles 25 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$ 4.83 miles 142 reviews 4.9/5 stars
Dining 4.81 miles 6 reviews 4.8/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for LAKE FOREST, TN

LAKE FOREST has 17,461 households, with an average household size of 2.35. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in LAKE FOREST do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 41,826 people call LAKE FOREST home. The population density is 578.51 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Schools in LAKE FOREST, TN

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The following schools are within or nearby LAKE FOREST. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Bonny Kate Elementary
PreK - 5th
K - 5th
Mead Montessori School
PreK - 8th
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Tennessee School For Deaf Elementary School
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Tennessee School for the Deaf Upper School
7th - 12th
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South Doyle Middle School
6th - 8th
New Hopewell Elementary
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Mooreland Heights Elementary
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Dogwood Elementary
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South Knox Elementary
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