MEMBERS ONLY: Hike at Courthouse Rock

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Date(s) - November 10, 2018
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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(Recommended for adults) November’s Members Only Hike is a trip to Courthouse Rock, which is an un-maintained but fairly well-traveled path up a small drainage on the side of Sugarland Mountain from Newfound Gap Road. Nature expert Ken Voohris will lead you past evidence of those who settled this area and you’ll experience some wonderful views across the valley toward Mount LeConte. Courthouse Rock is a unique formation for the Smokies and is rarely visited. If you’re feeling adventurous, the group will travel another mile up the valley to Quilliams cave, which is a little more off-trail and a bit of a climb, but well worth the reward of seeing this large cliff with a cavern at its base.

In October, Ijams Nature Center kicked off a new series of MEMBERS ONLY, monthly hikes that explore areas beyond Ijams’ borders Ken, who recently retired from his position of chief operations and education officer from Yellowstone Forever, the nonprofit education and philanthropic partner of Yellowstone National Park.

Ken is an educator, naturalist and leader committed to connecting people and nature for 40 years, and served as executive director of Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont from 1984 to 2013. Ken has been a voice and leader on a national level, helping to build capacity for in-depth learning programs in national parks. He is also an avid photographer, storyteller, writer, and musician, and enjoys many outdoor pursuits including hiking, canoeing, skiing, birding, botanizing and exploring out-of-the-way, wild places. Ken has a great sense of humor, so you know you’ll learn a lot and have a great time!

All hikes will meet at the trailhead. Specific directions, packing instructions, etc., will be sent upon registration. Hikes occur rain or shine and will have a maximum of 15 people, so early registration is strongly encouraged. You must be a current member of Ijams Nature Center to be eligible to register. Become a Member Now

Difficulty: Moderate

Length: 4.5 miles round trip + 2 miles round trip for Quilliams cave

Note: The fee for this exclusive program is $60 per person. Registration is hosted through Active Networks. You will be asked to sign a waiver as part of the registration process.