Time to sign up your girl for our first hike of the fall season — Ijams Meads Quarry for girls in grades 4-6! This hike is offered in collaboration with Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians, though you do not need to be a Girl Scout to join us.
This hike will cover part of the South Loop in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness. For 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. The hike will last from 1-4 pm. Hike leader is Kelly Sturner. Here’s a link to a pdf flyer: flyer_sept6
Registration is now closed.
Every G.O. hike has at least 4 women volunteer chaperones, eager to share their passion for the outdoors with the next generation!
Please remember that each hiker must have a completed Health History Record on file. Your child’s immunization record is required as part of the form, and this can be obtained from your pediatrician. You can scan and email the form to knoxgirlsoutside@ before the hike or bring the completed form on the day of the hike. This form will be kept on file for future hikes, so you only have to fill it out once.
Each hike begins with a fun get-to-know-you game and a brief lesson, from Leave No Trace principles to fun historical facts about the trail and everything in between. Wear weather-appropriate clothing and bring water and light snacks.
While the mission of Girls Outside is to enjoy nature, we also hope these outings foster independence and so we encourage parents to let their girls do the hike on their own as a part of the group. Remember to leave electronic devices at home to better enjoy time in nature.
These hikes are free! Help us spread the word or invite a friend’s child by sharing our our photo gallery on Facebook.link. To see the fun we have on our hikes, visit