Congratulations go to Terry Jenkins and Amy Oakley. They both just finished walking all of the trails in Knoxville's Urban Wilderness: South Loop which includes all the trails at Ijams.
Terry began his quest during the Ijams: March Hike-A-Thon and Amy began her's on a hike in May with the Ijams Saturday Hiking Club.
They soon became hiking partners and started knocking off two or more trails a week. Currently, there's a total of 49 trails, but most are short. The longest on the checklist is AC/DC which measures 2.9 miles, and that was the last they walked a week ago. However, most of the trails are much shorter, it's a network that to some degree begin at Ijams and covers mostly public lands to the east.
For Amy it took exactly three months to cover all 40-plus miles. Terry and Amy both earned a Knoxville Urban Wilderness patch presented by the Legacy Parks Foundation.
For those wanting a checklist of all the trails in the Knox Urban Wilderness: South Loop click: gotta record it.
- Stephen Lyn Bales