(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 around Cucumber Gap Loop, which is a beautiful and gentle hike for an October day. The loop begins in Elkmont at the head of the Little River trail. You’ll travel along the Little River on an old roadbed until cutting off on the Cucumber Gap trail. The next stage will take you up to Cucumber Gap through a beautiful cove hardwood forest, across a few minor streams and back to Elkmont. You’ll walk down the main street of the former “Daisy Town” and imagine what life was like for those who spent time there in the early 1900s. This is a great hike for enjoying the sounds and views of Little River, identifying trees, possibly finding a few salamanders, and learning some of the history behind the former town of Elkmont. Difficulty: Moderate Length: 5.5 miles round-trip 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.