MEMBERS ONLY: Hike at Ramsey Cascades

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Date(s) - December 08, 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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(Recommended for adults) This October, Ijams Nature Center will kick off a new series of MEMBERS ONLY, monthly hikes that explore areas beyond Ijams’ borders with nature expert Ken Voorhis, 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

This month, Ken will be leading a hike to Ramsay Cascades. This trail is for experienced hikers who are capable of climbing rock steps and tackling a fairly continual uphill climb after the initial two miles on an old roadbed. What makes this popular hike well worth it is a spectacular waterfall at the top and an awesome old growth forest with wonderful diversity and record-sized trees along the way. The trail begins in the Greenbriar area of the park east of Gatlinburg.

Difficulty: Strenuous

Length: 8 miles round trip with more than 2,000 ft. elevation gain

Note: The fee for this exclusive program is $75 per person. Registration is hosted through Active Networks. You will be asked to sign a waiver as part of the registration process.