October 27: Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness

Mead’s Quarry

In conjunction with River Sports and Outdoor Knoxville, we are very excited to announce the inaugural hike of Girls Outside, which takes place from 1 – 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at the South Loop in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness. On this approximately 4-mile hike, we will begin at Mead’s Quarry, which is part of Ijams Nature Center, and wander past gated caves and uniquely carved marble shelves. The trails also features a mix of hardwood forests, old fields, switchbacks, and easy hills to climb.


This hike is open to girls in grades 4-6, and is limited to a maximum of 12, and three adult Girls Outside guides. The ratio of adults to children is 1:4 on all Girls Outside hikes.

All Girls Outside hikes are free of charge.

What to bring:

(REQUIRED) good hiking/walking shoes (running shoes are fine); water; a snack; and appropriate clothing for the weather, i.e. rain gear, light jacket or sweater.

(OPTIONAL) bug spray, sunscreen, camera, sketchbook, notebook

Where to meet: Mead’s Quarry parking lot at Ijams Nature Center, 3518 Island Home Pike at 1 p.m.

Directions to Mead’s Quarry Entrance: Take I-40 to the James White Parkway and cross the river. Take the Sevier Ave/Hillwood Drive exit and turn left onto Sevier Ave which becomes Hillwood Dr. At the end of Hillwood, turn right onto Island Home Ave then take the 1st left to stay on Island Home Ave. Pass Ijams entrance at approximately 1-mile on the left. Continue south on Island Home Ave, which becomes Island Home Pike. After the railroad tracks, turn right into the parking area for the quarries and trails.

Click here to register!

If you have questions or problems with the registration form, email this hike’s leader Trena Paulus (trenapaulus@gmail.com) or call (865) 236-1631 (voice calls only – no texting).

NOTE: In case of inclement weather, you will receive a phone call and/or text within one hour of the meeting time as to whether the hike has been canceled.

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