A few weekends ago, Kyle and I took the dogs out to explore Mead’s Quarry in Knoxville, TN. Mead’s Quarry is part of Ijams Nature Center in South Knoxville. I’ve lived in (or close to) Knoxville my entire life, and somehow never managed to visit Mead’s Quarry before. It’s a really beautiful part of Knoxville. Why did it take me so long to visit this picturesque place? Who knows, but I’m glad I finally did.
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Mead’s Quarry is the perfect place if you like being outdoors and active. You can walk/hike the trails, bike, kayak (you can rent kayaks there), take pictures, and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
And it is dog friendly! (Don’t you love dog friendly places?) So, bring the pups!
I, unfortunately, cannot remember the trail we walked. From the parking lot, we walked to the left of the quarry. The trail hugged the quarry most of the time. There were a few openings where we were able to get down to the water and one really nice overlook.
My intentions were to walk the trail that loops around the quarry. However, the trail we were on ended halfway, so we had to turn around and walk the same trail back. Not a big deal because there were some beautiful views. (This one was my favorite… and I think Bowser and Dexter liked it too.)
We then walked back to the parking lot area and down to the water so they could swim for a little while, and so I could take a few pictures.
Since the first trail we walked did not loop around, we decided to continue walking around the quarry. (To the right of the quarry this time, on the Tharp Trace Trail.) The Tharp Trace Trail was definitely more challenging.
We walked uphill for a while and got a glimpse of Mount LeConte! (You can read about my hike to Mount LeConte here.)
Then we decided to turn around because it was super hot, and, more importantly, we were ready to chill out at Alliance Brewing Company and enjoy some cold brews.
Overall… Mead’s Quarry is awesome. I’m so glad I finally made time to visit this unique spot. You should make time to visit, too! ASAP.
What are some of your favorite places in the Knoxville Urban Wilderness area? I’d love suggestions of places I need to explore. (And photograph.)
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Until next time.