Sunday, April 21, 2013

Outdoor Knoxfest 2013

Outdoor Knoxfest hikers. Mead's Quarry in background.
Photo by Elle Colquitt

Thank you to all who joined me yesterday morning for the nature hike at the Ijams quarries—Mead's and Ross Marble—looking for birds, blooming wildflowers as well as the unique geology of the area. 

We visited both quarry pits and discussed the quarrying operations that occurred there between the late 1800s and 1970s. Both locations are now part of Ijams' 300-plus acres and are located on the Knoxville Urban Wilderness South Loop.

The mid-morning hike was part of this year's Outdoor Knoxfest 2013. For a list of today's activities go to: Outdoor Knoxfest.

For more information about the Knoxville Urban Wilderness South Loop go to: Map.

OKF hikers at the bottom of Ross Marble quarry pit.

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