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Hike Ijams Nature Center

2915 Island Home Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37920
2915 Island Home Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37920


  • Date(s): November 24, 2018 to November 24, 2018
  • Event Times: Meet ready to leave Golds Gym in Oak Ridge at 9:00 am or at Ijams Nature Center (Visitor Center) at 10:00 am.
  • Location: Ijams Nature Center

Ijams Nature Center has many great trails to choose from, but the scouting party chose a 3.5-4 mile walk that to include some of the most interesting experiences. We will begin from the Visitor Center at 10 AM, walk the North Cove Trail to where it joins the River Trail, walk the River Boardwalk above the river, up the stone stairwell to the Will Skelton Greenway. At this point, hikers who'd like a shorter walk may choose to turn right and return to the center and their cars. The rest of us will turn left, through the Quarry parking lot and rest area, to the Imerys Trail. This will take us up to the entrance to the Rock Bridge/Keyhole Loop Trail, which we will walk clockwise to first, cross the Stone Bridge and then down into the Ross Marble Quarry area to the Keyhole - a rock tunnel through the middle of the Stone Bridge. We will then take the Flow Trail back to the Quarry parking lot. Some folks may want to take the 1-mile Tharp Trace loop around Mead's Quarry. We will all return on the Will Skelton Greenway back to the Center. The hike is either 2, 3.5, or 4.5 miles, depending on how much you do. Meet ready to leave Golds Gym in Oak Ridge at 9:00 am or at Ijams Nature Center (Visitor Center) at 10:00 am. Leader: Betty Glenn at glennbj@roanestate.edu


Hike Ijams Nature Center