The Ijams Hiking Club tackling the 40-plus miles of the South Loop piece-by-piece had a woodsy time in June. We explored Burnett Ridge on the south side of the old Ross Marble Quarry part of the Knoxville Urban Wilderness: South Loop network of trails, first climbing up and over the ridge itself, at times along the cliff, and then returning to our cars parked on Aberdeen. Volunteer Eric Johnson (fourth from right above) scouts our hikes each month and leads the way. This is one of the newer sections of the South Loop network, a good climb made easier by several switchbacks. Our hike went from the Burnett Ridge Trail to Turnbuckle, then Imerys and back to Burnett Ridge.
This was the six hike in the Saturday series designed to walk all the trails in both the South Loop and Battlefield Loop. And when we hike them all, we're going to start all over, so join us.
Next up: this Saturday, July 12, 8:00 a.m. we'll explore Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area and its fields of sunflowers!
To register call (865) 577-4717, ext. 110. We'll meet at the Visitor Center and drive to our starting point.
See you there.
- Stephen Lyn Bales. Photos by Vickie Henderson.