Upcoming Outings

    • Sat, November 09, 2019
    • Frozen Head State Park

    Join us on a hike in the Cumberland Mountains. We will park at Armes Gap on TN 116 and hike the coal haul road to the peak of Frozen Head mountain and the lookout tower. The distance is about 2.5 miles and the elevation gain is about 1180 feet. The fire tower was replaced by a very nice lookout tower with lots of room for viewing the countryside. On the way back we will take a side trail to the Brushy Mountain Correctional Complex coal mines where prisoners mined coal until sometime in the 1950s. This side trail is about .4 miles and relatively level.

    Brushy Mountain Correctional Complex opened in 1896 and closed June 11, 2009. The prison was founded as a result of the aftermath of the "Coal Creek War," an 1891 lockout of coal miners that took place in Coal Creek, now Lake City, and Briceville, after miners protested the use of unpaid convict labor in the mines.

    All of the distances and elevation changes are estimates based on a topo map. The total distance is about 5.8 miles which is a little shorter than most of our hikes.

    We will meet in the Bearden Central Baptist Church parking lot for car-pooling and leave at 8:30 am stopping in Oak Ridge at the American Museum of Science & Energy, 300 Tulane Ave, and meeting in the parking lot nearest Illinois Ave. We will leave there at 9:00 am for those who would prefer to meet there. We recommend shoes to wear to and from the hike plus sturdy hiking shoes, other weather appropriate clothing, a snack, a drink and a camera. We recommend that riders in a carpool pay the driver 5 cents for each mile. Round trip distance

    from Knoxville is 81 miles ($.05 x 81 = $4.05). From the AMSE, 43 miles ($.05 x 43 = $2.15).

    After the hike plan on stopping on the way back for a meal and refreshments. For specific information about the hike please contact Tom before November 8 th at 588-5622 or leave a message or send an email to cressler@utk.edu.



    • Sat, November 16, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Walker Springs Greenway off of Walker Springs Road

    KSOC FALL GREENWAY CLEAN UP

    Come Out and Lend a Hand Doing Some Community Service

    on Walker Springs Greenway

    Our Adopt-A-Stream Signs are UP!!!

    Come and Check Them Out

    What:    Fall Clean Up on Ten Mile Creek

    Where:  Ten Mile Creek in West Knoxville

    When:    November 16, 2019

    Time:     9:30 a.m. for 1-1.5 hours


    It’s time for our fall clean-up along Ten Mile Creek in West Knoxville.  Our stretch of the Greenway goes from Walker Springs Road to Bridgewater Road.  Come out an enjoy the fall colors along the greenway and provide some community service to help keep our greenways clean.  The more people we have, the less time it takes.  This is a great chance to visit with people as you “wander” along with your grabbers, bags and waterproof gloves.  And yes, waders too if you decide you want to play in the stream.

    Our Adopt-A-Stream signs have been installed at the Bridgewater Road end and midway between Bridgewater and Walker Springs Road.   This stretch of greenway sees a lot of pedestrian and bike traffic so we are getting good visibility.  Plus, the Bridgewater sign can be seen from the road.

    Directions:  I-40 west to Gallagher Road Exit, turn right.  Go past Sam’s and turn left at the second traffic light onto Walker Springs Road.  Take first left onto Kidder Lane and go to the end where there is a small parking lot.  Kidder Lane is next to Walker Springs Apartments.

    Travelling eastbound, take the Walker Springs Road exit and turn left.  Go to the end (second traffic light) and turn left.  Take next left onto Walker Springs Road (again).  Take first left onto Kidder Lane and go to the end.

    Please email:  Carole Mustaleski at skigalcarole@gmail.com for questions or to register.


    • Sat, December 14, 2019
    • 9:30 AM
    • Knoxville Urban Wilderness

    The hike is between 5 and 6 miles, mostly through the woods, with rolling hills, none very steep. About 2 miles will be along the French Broad River with good views. The hike is rated as easy. We recommend shoes to wear to and from the hike plus sturdy hiking shoes, other weather appropriate clothing, a snack, a drink and a camera.

    You can view the map here, or by going to www.outdoorknoxville.com, select Urban Wilderness at the top of the page and then under printable maps, Urban Wilderness South Loop. The hike will be on the trails on the side of the map along the French Broad River in the Wildlife Management Area. One of our hike trails follows the west boundary of the shaded area, West Boundary Trail, and the remainder follows the purple trails.

    We will meet in the Central Baptist Church of Bearden parking lot for car-pooling and leave at 9:00 am. If you prefer you can meet us at 9:30 am at the trail head located at the parking lot at the end of McClure Lane. McClure Lane is on the left just after you pass the parking lot for Meads Quarry (see the map referred to above).

    After the hike plan on stopping on the way back for a meal and refreshments, perhaps at Calhoun’s or somewhere is South Knoxville. For specific information about the hike please contact Tom at 588-5622 or leave a message or send an email to cressler@utk.edu before December 13th


Past Outings

Sat, October 12, 2019 BSF Hike
Fri, October 11, 2019 Big South Fork Campout
Sat, September 28, 2019 Virginia Creeper Bike Ride
Sat, August 10, 2019 Lumber Ridge and Spruce Flats Falls Trails
Fri, July 26, 2019 Parksville Lake and Ocoee River Camping
Sat, July 13, 2019 Hike Bald River Falls Trail
Sat, June 29, 2019 Ten Mile Creek Greenway
Sun, June 16, 2019 Hiking Gregory Bald, GSMNP


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