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Hiking Knoxville, Tennessee

As a follow-up to two previous posts…

Yesterday I visited Ijams Nature Center a second time, hiking around Mead’s Quarry Lake along a 1.1 mile trail known as Tharp Trace

Looped trail, steep in places. Named after Minnie Tharp who championed the restoration of Mead’s Quarry. Views of the lake and Mt. LeConte, plus the historic Stanton Cemetery, punctuate long stretches of woodland canopy along the trail above the cliffs.

This sign greets hikers at the beginning of the trail –

Ijams Nature Center, Knoxville, TN

After a short walk along the north edge of Mead’s Quarry Lake, the trail inclines for a more strenuous hike. In some areas, stone steps and the roots of trees provided helpful footholds along a damp, slick path –

Ijams Nature Center, Knoxville, TN

Here are some more photographs I shot along the Tharp Trace trail –


Near the end of the hike, an informational display provides an historical perspective of the early years at the quarry, including these two black & white photographs –

Despite overcast weather, the temperature was tolerable and I had a very nice hike through the woods. On my way back to the parking lot, I passed a few more spots beckoning to be photographed –

Ijams Nature Center, Knoxville, TN
Ijams Nature Center, Knoxville, TN

Enjoy the great outdoors in Knoxville, Tennessee!


6 responses to “Hiking Knoxville, Tennessee”

  1. GP Cox Avatar

    Got a kick out of the YeeHaw beer. Here in FL we have a spot called YeeHaw Junction. Just a few old buildings, but a tourist spot nevertheless.,_Florida

    1. Phil Avatar

      lol Yes, an interesting sign – I thought that it would make a nice photograph.

  2. almeidadepaulo Avatar

    Great captures Phil!!!

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thanks, Paulo – glad you like the photographs! I had hoped for more sunshine, but it was still nice to get outdoors and hike around.

  3. onemillionphotographs Avatar

    Excellent photos! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thanks, glad you like it!

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