Let's Take A Hike

The boardwalk along the River Trail at Ijams Nature Center

The boardwalk along the River Trail at Ijams Nature Center

My house is only minutes away from some great short distance hikes, many of them originating from Ijams Nature Center, which is a wildlife habitat a few miles from downtown Knoxville. But for some reason, I tend to forget that these trails and little pockets of serenity are nearby; so during the month of March I'm participating in the Ijams Hike-A-Thon, a fundraiser for the nature center and motivation for exploring the areas around Ijams and the thousand acres that make up Knoxville's Urban Wilderness.

My goal is to hike as many of the trails listed below before the month ends. I took my first hikes last weekend (marked "DONE"), and I want to finish the rest of the Ijams' trails this coming weekend and get started with the Urban Wilderness trails. (Distance in miles is in parentheses.)


Ijams Nature Center

  • River Trail (0.70) - DONE
  • North Cove Trail (0.20) - DONE
  • South Cove Trail (0.30) - DONE
  • Universal Trail (0.25)
  • Beech Trail (0.10) - DONE
  • Toll Creek Loop (0.20)
  • Discovery Trail (0.40) - DONE
  • Serendipity Trail (0.25) - DONE
  • Tower Trail (0.30) - DONE
  • KGC Arboretum Trail (0.50)
  • Secret Pond Trail (0.10)
  • Will Skelton Greenway (2.29)
  • Tharp Trace (1.10)
  • Imerys Trail (0.75) 
  • Pink Marble Trail (0.40) - DONE
  • Keyhole Loop (0.10) 
  • Ross Marble Trail (TBA) 
  • Hayworth Hollow (0.10)
  • Amber Trail (0.77) 
  • Hickory Trail (1.32)
  • Flow Trail (0.97) 
  • Gravel Road Trail (0.16)
  • Turnbuckle Trail (1.13)

Urban Wilderness
William Hastie

    •  Hard Labor Trail (0.75) 
    • Margaret Road Trail (0.67) 
    • Marj McClean Trail (0.31)
    • Redwood Trail (0.55) 
    • Rock Ledge Trail (0.20) 
    • Sinkhole Trail (0.67) 
    • View Park Trail (0.47) 
    • Yellow Jacket Trail (0.64) 

    Urban Wilderness
    Forks of the River WMA

    • Argus Trail (0.37)
    • Auggie’s Run Trail (0.28) 
    • Big Rutt Trail (0.13) 
    • Bluff Trail (0.96) 
    • Chigger Trail (0.50) 
    • Chorus Frog Trail (0.54) 
    • Coon Trail (0.18) 
    • Dozer Trail (1.91) 
    • Escape Route 1 (0.03) 
    • Escape Route 2 (0.09)
    • Escape Route 3 (0.11) 
    • Escape Route 4 (0.15) 
    • Groundhog Trail (0.60) 
    • Jungle Trail (0.40) 
    • Mallard Trail (0.30)
    • Mikel’s Access Trail (0.12) 
    • Possum-Get-A-Way Trail (0.21)
    • Southside Trail (0.71) 
    • Timberdoodle Trail (0.31) 
    • Will Skelton Greenway (1.28) 
    • Wyatt Way Trail (0.50)

    Helix Trails

    • AC/DC Trail (2.89) 
    • Chain Ring Trail (1.69)
    • Chicken Coop Trail (0.40)
    • Creek Loop (0.48)
    • Easy Out Trail (0.02) 
    • Lost Chromosome Trail (1.34)
    • MCR Trail (0.35)

    Marie Myers Park

    • Victor Ashe Trail (1.74)

    Sponsor me, please.

    You can sponsor me by visiting my personal fundraising page here. Your support helps preserve and protect the environmental and historical resources of Ijams Nature Center and the Urban Wilderness and provide educational opportunities to our local schools and citizens.