Hike at Courthouse Rock

Ijams Nature Center

Saturday, November 10, 2018
Ijams Nature Center 2915 Island Home Avenue KnoxvilleTN  37920
Saturday, November 10, 2018
Ijams Nature Center 2915 Island Home Avenue KnoxvilleTN  37920

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What's Included

(Recommended for Adults) Ijams Nature Center is now offering a news series of MEMBERS ONLY, monthly hikes that explore areas beyond Ijams’ borders with nature expert Ken Voorhis, who recently retired from his position of chief operations and education officer from Yellowstone Forever, the nonprofit education and philanthropic partner of Yellowstone National Park. This month, Ken will be leading a hike to Courthouse Rock, which is an unmaintained but fairly well-traveled path up a small drainage on the side of Sugarland Mountain from Newfound Gap Road. You’ll pass by evidence of those who settled this area and experience some wonderful views across the valley toward Mount LeConte. Courthouse Rock is a unique formation for the Smokies and is rarely visited. If you’re feeling adventurous, the group will travel another mile up the valley to Quilliams cave, which is a little more off-trail and a bit of a climb, but well worth the reward of seeing this large cliff with a cavern at its base. Difficulty: Moderate Length: 4.5 miles round trip + 2 miles round trip for Quilliams cave All hikes will meet at the trail head. Specific directions, packing instructions, etc., will be sent upon registration. Hikes occur rain or shine and will have a maximum of 15 people, so early registration is strongly encouraged. You must be a current member of Ijams Nature Center to be eligible to register.

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Ijams is a member- and visitor-supported nonprofit nature center with 315 acres where visitors of all ages and abilities can attend environmental education programs, hike, bike, paddle, climb, or simply enjoy the day. We are a wildlife sanctuary where everyone can learn about, enjoy, and connect with nature.

Vision: Through direct experience with the outdoors all people will appreciate and care for the natural world.

Mission: To encourage stewardship of the natural world by providing an urban greenspace for people to learn about and enjoy the outdoors through engaging experiences.

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Ijams Nature Center 2915 Island Home Avenue KnoxvilleTN  37920
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