|Ijams Hiking Club at the Crag|
In early February, the Ijams Hiking Club explored another portion of the Knoxville Urban Wilderness South Loop network of trails.
This time it was the Burnett Ridge and Imery's Trail that go up and over the ridge and wrap around the western most quarry pit of Ross Marble.
This pit is filled with waste lime, leftover from the quicklime operation that happened in the area decades ago. Consequently, it is now filled with Eastern red cedars, a local species that only grows in alkaline or sweet soil. You simply do not find them in the acid-rich soils of the Great Smokies.
The group also visited the Crag.
The congenial hiking club meets the first Saturday of every month. Join us! To register for the March 7 gathering call (865) 577-4717, ext. 110.
|On Imery's Trail|
|Quarry pit with discarded lime and cedars|