Above, my June hiking companions.
This portion of the South Loop takes you to Burnett Ridge, a high point in the Ross Marble Natural Area. Our morning was punctuated by cool breezes, lush shade and plenty of fauna and flora to draw questions and challenge identification.
The Urban Wilderness trails are marked with the stylized arrow, below, and many trail segments are marked with difficulty levels (chiefly keyed for bikers but useful for everyone) and directional arrows to help orientation where trails divide. The trails are receiving upgrades and changes, so having a map is a good idea. The most recent map was updated March, 2014.
and Butterfly Weed was growing in the middle of a kiln waste area, clearly enjoying the alkaline soil along with the cedars.
Below, our hiking group, again, with Stephen Lyn Bales, front. Eric Johnson, Ijams Volunteer hike leader, third from right. I'm behind the camera this time.here. Below, our March hiking group.
Photo credit: Stephen Lyn Bales
Stephen Lyn Bales--Nature Calling
Knoxville's Urban Wilderness
Ijams Nature Center