Celebrate National Trails Day with a hike to the Fort Dickerson Quarry!

In partnership with the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians, Girls Outside is celebrating National Trails Day (a day late) with our first ever summer hike!

The hike will be for girls in grades 1-3 on Sunday, June 7 from 2-4 pm, so register now!

We will start at Fort Dickerson and hike downhill to the Fort Dickerson quarry through the woods and newly created trail system.

10478926_649147568562033_6847167876705849334_nThis hike begins at 2 p.m sharp at Fort Dickerson Park, 3000 Fort Dickerson Road in Knoxville off of Chapman Highway.

Please note that the hike will finish at 4 pm at different location. Pick up your girls at the Fort Dickerson Greenway and Trails parking lot, located at 520 Augusta Street.

The hike will be no longer than 2 miles.

Your guides for this hike are Lisa Silverman (lead), Nicole Eberhart, Vicki Sentell, Sarah Hodge and Julianna Burchett.

Hikers must be registered to participate. Each hike is limited to 12 hikers and usually must have a minimum of 6 hikers. Registration will close on June 4.


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@gmail.com 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-t0-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.

This hike is free! Help us spread the word or invite a friend’s child by sharing our girlsoutside.org link. Here’s a handy flyer for posting! To see the fun we have on our hikes, visit our photo gallery on Facebook.

Unfortunately there is no rain date for this hike. In event of bad weather the hike leader will decide to cancel the hike no later than 11 a.m. the day of the hike and will contact you by phone.

Watch for more hikes this summer! Are you a Girl Scout Troop leader interested in partnering with Girls Outside? Let us know!


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