Monday, December 15, 2014

2014: best history moment

High Ground Park: Fort Higley

2014: The Best & Worst This is the time of the year when writers coast. They dream up their totally subjective best and worse lists for the year that's rapidly coming to a close. Why? So they can focus on the important things...the holidays. So with that in mind:

The most memorable history hike of the year came in May

The Ijams Hiking Club explored a portion of the Knoxville Urban Wilderness: Battlefield Loop south of the river and UT. We went to the Civil War sites of High Ground Park and Fort Higley, then on to River Bluff and the best view of the city. 

Fort Higley was quiet the day we were there, but it was pretty quiet during the war as well. It was built in 1863 by the Union Army to overlook the city and river after the battle of Fort Sanders just in case the vanquished Southern Army attempted to retake Knoxville. But the high location never saw any real fighting, the Confederate Army had been truly driven away.

For more details of our hike, click: High Ground.

View towards downtown Knoxville

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