Get Out & Play!

Carol EvansAround Town, Feature

Here’s the Outdoor Knoxville Event Calendar for Nov. 9-18. Enjoy!


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2018

FRIDAY FUN RUN

865 Running

6:30 pm at Pour Taproom

This FREE Fun Run starts every Friday at 630 pm from Pour Taproom. We’ll run 3 miles through downtown, World’s Fair Park, and the river walk. Then we’ll come back for drinks with 10% off! All levels are welcome, so come hang out with us!

NIGHT SKY STAR PARTY

UT Arboretum Society at 865-483-3571

7:30 pm at UT Arboretum

The UT Arboretum Society invites you to learn about the autumn sky with Dr. Owen Hoffman and other area astronomers at a “Night Sky Star Party,” Friday from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the UT Arboretum in Oak Ridge. Participants will meet at the UT Arboretum auditorium for a short program by Dr. Hoffman. The group will then walk a short distance up a hill to the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) weather station where Hoffman and area astronomers will have telescopes set up. Attendees should bring their own chairs or blankets as well as flash lights for the walk up to the viewing site. Dr. Hoffman will discuss what to look for through the telescopes. The UT Arboretum Society will offer refreshments in the auditorium before the program. No registration is required for this program and this is a free family program. Donations are welcome.

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2018

SUNRISE HIKE

Seven Islands State Birding Park at 865-407-8335

6:30 am at Seven Islands State Birding Park

Join us on a sunrise hike on our newly constructed Hickory Ridge Trail, and watch Mother Nature paint its morning masterpiece. This hike will be strenuous as we will be gaining roughly 300 feet in elevation in about .6 miles, so please keep that in mind. This hike will allow participants to be some of the first to see the new trail and ask a Ranger any questions they may have about it. We will hike up to the high point in elevation at Seven Islands and catch the morning sunrise from the viewpoint there! This will be an out and back hike where we will start and finish right at the bluebird barn. If you’re a photographer bring your camera! Since Seven Islands doesn’t open until sunrise, this will allow participants the ability to come in a little earlier than normal, and hopefully catch a beautiful sunrise as a reward for the hike! Each participant MUST have a light source with them like a flashlight/headlamp or they won’t be allowed to participate due to safety reasons. Closed toe shoes, snacks, and water are also recommended. This hike will only be approximately 1.2 miles, but hopefully we will be rewarded with a beautiful sunrise! Meet at the Bluebird Barn (Park Entrance). Cost $3.00. Register online.

NORRIS ULTRA DAM HARD TRAIL RACE

Knoxville Track Club

7:00 am at Norris Dam State Park

The Norris Dam State Park and Norris Municipal Watershed provides miles and miles of scenic and challenging single-track trails and off-road jeep trails to the delight of avid and competitive trail runners. The 2015 race included the traditional 25k and 50k races but added a 50-mile race. That’s right, we did a 50-mile race! Once. But we came to our senses in 2016 and reverted back to the 25k/50k options, and everyone was happy. This race provides friends, family members, support staff and spectators with multiple opportunities to see their favorite runners along the course. All aid stations are easily accessible by road so spectators can follow and track their favorite runners as they progress through the course.

NATURE SAUNTER, LEAD COVE-BOTE MOUNTAIN-FINLEY CANE LOOP, GSMNP

Harvey Broome Group of the Sierra Club

TBA – Must pre-register with Mac Post at mpost3116@aol.com for meeting time and location

A great recap for our biodiversity tour since we will be visiting many of the lower elevation forest types on this trip with fall colors. Distance, 7 miles. Rated Moderate. Must preregister with Mac Post at mpost3116@aol.com for meeting time and location.

FREE GUIDED ADVENTURE BACKPACKING TRIP: PINEY RIVER TRAIL – NOV 10-11

Little River Trading Company at 865-681-4141

8:00 am at Little River Trading Company

Challenge yourself physically and experience the wonders of nature with one of our FREE Adventure Backpacking Trips. This trip will take our “Part 2” Intermediate Backpacking Trips to the next level with longer miles per day and exploration of more remote locations.

Distance: 8.5 miles one-way – Difficulty: Moderate – Camping: Rockhouse Branch Campsite (also called “Logging Camp Campsite”) Spaces are limited, to register email trip leader Dolphin Riggs at Dolphin@littlerivertradingco.com  Details on our Facebook page.

CRUSH FUN RUN

Crush Fun Run

8:30 am at Lakeshore Park

Come and join us for a morning of fun while supporting your local girls soccer teams. There will be face painting, music and food trucks! Check in will begin at 8.30am with Fun Run start time 9.30am. Complete your full loop of Lakeshore (2.33 miles) then enjoy some food and music with us at the finish. The proceeds from this event will go directly to the 04 Elite and 02 Premier Girls Soccer teams at Knoxville FC.

BIKE ZOO SATURDAY RIDE

Bike Zoo at 865-558-8455

9:00 am at Bike Zoo

3-hour ride of 50+ miles at a fast pace of 18/20 mph. Weather permitting!

FLY FISHING 101

3 Rivers Angler at 865-200-5271

9:00 am at 3 Rivers Angler

3 Rivers Angler is offering “fly fishing 101″ lessons on fly casting and outfit rigging at absolutely no charge. Each class teaches the basics of rigging, casting and other intro to fly fishing skills. All of the gear and instruction is provided free of charge. Space is limited so please make sure to sign up well in advance. Bring a fly rod and reel with line if you have one, (if not, one can be provided in the beginning.) We’ll be covering “what to buy” during the first-class session so it is something that we can work around if you do not have one to start. Bring a notebook and pen to take notes. All graduates receive 15% off their first purchase! Course space is limited to 6 students.

SMOKIES SERVICE DAYS – LITTER PATROL

Great Smoky Mountains Association at 865-436-1278

9:00 am at National Park Boundary in Gatlinburg

Great Smoky Mountains Association members are invited to sign up for Smokies Service Day projects, including opportunities to help care for park cemeteries, campgrounds, trails, roadsides, rivers, and native plant gardens. For scheduling purposes, deadline to register is 4 days prior to this event. Finish up your day with a walk with a ranger! Take a stroll along the Gatlinburg Trail and learn all about Great Smoky Mountains National Park! The walk is an easy 4 miles roundtrip. 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

FIRESIDE YOGA

Seven Islands State Birding Park at 865-407-8335

9:00 am at Seven Islands State Birding Park

Warm yourself with the soothing sounds of a crackling fire, as we close out our yoga sessions at Seven Islands State Birding Park with Karri Ogle. Participants will meet at the Bluebird Barn at the entrance of the park and need to bring a yoga mat or blanket and plenty of water. Adults: $10 Kids: under 10 free Contact Rigazzi for more information and to register: rigazzimwp@gmail.com or 865-888-0286

CLIMBING SCOUT BADGE CLINIC

River Sports Outfitters at 865-523-0066

9-12 pm at River Sports Outfitters

Our goal to create a time and space where scouts can complete the requirements for the Climbing Merit Badge. Second Saturday of every month from 9am-12pm. Cost $30

This will be a 3-hour course where scouts will learn the following:

-Verbal signals (climbers, rappellers, belayers, boulderers)

-Rope (understanding types of rope and how to care for them)

-Knots

-Harnesses (how to use and properly equip)

-Belaying

-Climbing

-Rappelling

LOG RIDING, BUNNY HOPPING, ETC. MTB CLINIC

KyBRa Athletics at 865-999-3126

10:00 am at Baker Creek Preserve – KUW

Come join co-owner, janitor, and scapegoat for all errors of KyBRA Athletics, David Finney, for an intro to bunny hopping, clearing logs, and maybe some small jumps. He’s got a weird fascination with riding over logs, so we decided to put that to use. This is a free clinic and will be great for any ability level. If you can’t clear an 8-12″ log on the trail, this will be good for you. And even if you can, come on out any ways and give everyone else some pointers.

RIDE WITH A RANGER ON THE NORTH BOUNDARY GREENWAY

Manhattan Project National Historical Park at 865-576-6767

10:00 am at North Boundary Trails

Join a park ranger for a bike ride on the North Boundary Greenway to see how the former communities of the area have changed over the past 70 years. Manhattan Project National Historical Park will present a free program on Saturday at 10 am. The program will begin at the Turnpike Gatehouse and travel along the North Boundary Greenway. Along the ride, we will explore the former communities that were here before the Manhattan Project. Rangers will stop several times along the bike ride to point out the rich history that is hidden within the Oak Ridge area. The trailhead to the North Boundary Greenway is located on the Oak Ridge Turnpike at the west Guard House near the intersection of the Oak Ridge Turnpike and Westover Drive. For your safety, visitors are encouraged to bring water, sunscreen, insect repellent, and appropriate footwear.

AVOID DEATH BY GPS: SEVEN ISLANDS SBP

Division of Natural Areas at 615-532-0044

10:00 am at Seven Islands State Birding Park

How do you avoid the phenomenon that some National Park Service rangers have started calling “death by GPS”? What is death by GPS? It’s relying on a device that can fail due to dead batteries, lack of satellite reception and other problems. This phenomenon is real and has had many victims over the years. What is the solution? The good old map and compass!! Learn to find your way on the land using map and compass to orienteer. This course will teach you the basics of using a compass and a 7.5-minute USGS quadrangle topographic map to find where you are and figure out where you need to go. Course is limited to 6 people at least 14 years of age to ensure adequate personal instruction. Compasses and maps will be provided for the class (sorry, you cannot keep them). Meet at the barn near the visitor parking lot at Seven Islands. Plan to spend at least 4 hours for the course. Bring your water and snacks and dress appropriately for the predicted weather. This is a rain or shine event (unless it is predicted to pour rain or otherwise so inclement that it’s impractical to proceed) and includes outdoor classroom time. About the leader: Lisa Huff started her professional career working for Tennessee State Parks as a seasonal interpreter over 30 years ago. Her professional experiences have taken her across the North American continent in the U.S. and Canada, to the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, to Europe and to Africa. She’s been with the Tennessee Natural Areas Program for the last 17 years. $15.00/Adults (13 and up) and Free for Children (12 and under)

IJAMS OUT AND ABOUT: BUG SAFARI AT MAYOR BOB LEONARD PARK

Ijams Nature Center at 865-577-4717, ext. 110 to register

10:00 am at Mayor Bob Leonard Park in Farragut

(All Ages) Insects are the most numerous animals on the face of the earth! Come out and discover how many insects share our Urban Wilderness. The fee for this program is $4 for individuals and $10 for families (up to two adults and any children under 18 years of age). Program meets at Mayor Bob Leonard Park in Farragut. Fee is $4 for individuals and $10 for families (up to two adults and any children under 18 years of age). Register online.

HIKE ALBRIGHT GROVE

Great Smoky Mountains Association at 865-436-1278

9:00 am at Maddron Bald Trailhead

Catch a final glimpse of lingering fall colors on a 6.5-mile, round-trip hike to magnificent Albright Grove. During the hike we’ll enjoy some cultural history and one of the best tracts of old-growth forest in the Smokies. This beautiful area is definitely one of nature’s cathedrals. The program will be led by Trees of the Smokies author Steve Kemp and retired park botanist Janet Rock (pictured lower left). Rated moderate to strenuous, 7 miles maximum. In addition to plenty of water, an appropriate amount of food for your comfort and sturdy trail shoes, we also recommend you bring along all-weather gear, and sunscreen. A personal first-aid kit and hiking sticks may be helpful as well.  Register online.

WILDLIFE VIEWING

Panther Creek State Park at 423-587-7046

12:00 pm at Panther Creek State Park

Come out and join Ranger Jammie to look through the spotting scope for waterfowl, and any other wildlife we can see. We may even get lucky and spot a Bald Eagle! We will be discussing the roles of the animals we observe play in the environment. Meet at the Overlook Platform.

JAMS BIRDS-N-BAGELS: WINTERING HUMMINGBIRDS

Ijams Nature Center at 865-577-4717, ext. 110 to register

2:00 pm at Ijams Nature Center

(Recommended for ages 10 and up) They’re colorful. They’re musical. They are present year-round and can be found almost anywhere on the planet. It’s no wonder that birds have fascinated people for generations. Designed for adults and older children, Birds-n-Bagels programs provide a fun and light-hearted look at the avian world while enjoying a hearty morning snack! This month we’ll learn about the species of western hummingbirds that actually turn up in the Volunteer State in winter. Join federally licensed winter hummingbird bander Mark Armstrong for this informative talk on wintering hummingbirds. You will be excited at what you’ll learn and what to look for in your own backyard. Ijams will provide coffee, juice and bagels. The fee for this program is $10 per person. Register online.

IJAMS PADDLING ADVENTURES: NATURE OF THE TENNESSEE RIVER

Ijams Nature Center at 865-577-4717, ext. 110 to register

3:00 pm at Ijams River Landing Parking Lot

Spend an afternoon on the Tennessee river learning all about this important feature of our native landscape. We will explore the past and present of the river all while keeping an eye out for birds, fish, mammals, and any other wildlife we may see. Sign up and enjoy a moderate paddle with an Ijams Naturalist. This program is $20. Meets at the Ijams River Landing Parking Lot. This program is for ages 15 and up and is not recommended for first time paddlers. Register online.

LIGHT IT UP AT LOYSTON!

Cedar Bluff Cycles at 865-692-1010

6:00 pm at Loyston Point Trails

It’s time to charge up those lights and ride our bikes at night! Let’s get a big group together and light it up at Loyston! Loyston Point mountain bike trails are beginner-friendly and fun to ride after the sun sets. This is a co-ed event, but there will be a women’s group led by our Trek Women’s Advocate, Lisa Mueller. There are two loops to choose from, a 5-mile and 7-mile, or combine them for a longer 12+ mile evening adventure. One headlight is good, two is better. One on the handlebars, one on your helmet. Dress appropriately for the weather which will cool down after sunset. Please sign the waiver so we know to expect you! https://goo.gl/forms/lYmBcypguSRtYn9n1

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2018

HIKE INDIAN FLATS FALLS

Smoky Mountain Hiking Club

7:30 am at Alcoa Food City

Indian Flat Falls is an 8-mile RT hike to one of the most photographed falls in the Smokies. Our hike begins at Middle Prong trailhead at the end of the Tremont Road. We will see some relics along the trail from years before the area was a Park as we hike alongside the gorgeous Middle Prong. After crossing a bridge, we will start climbing up the switchbacks that will take us to our destination. At the falls we will eat lunch and check out the four cascades that are part of Indian Flat Falls. The cascades drop a total of 65 feet and run 170 feet. Hike distance 8 miles and rated moderate. Leader: Dale Potter at dalepotter55@gmail.com or 865-773-8114 (Text preferred).

INTRO TO CLIMBING

Onsight Rock Gym at 865-888-9123

1:00 pm at Onsight Rock Gym

Learn the basics of top rope belaying, knot tying, and climbing technique in this hands-on class. Designed for those with no previous climbing experience, this course teaches the necessary skills required to climb independently at Onsight Rock Gym. Upon completion of this class and after proper demonstration of learned skills, you will be receiving a temporary Top Rope Belay Tag for the day. You are then free to climb for the remainder of the day or until your arms give out! You must return on a separate day to take the official Top Rope Belay and Climbing Test. Prerequisites: None • Length: 90 minutes • Includes: FREE return day pass to use within 2 weeks of your class date. Cost: Members: One class FREE, Non-Members: $35

YOGA FOR CLIMBERS

River Sports Outfitters at 865-523-0066

7:00 pm at River Sports Outfitters

Come join us in The Climbing Center every Sunday at 7pm for Yoga! Cost is $5 for Members and $8 non-members. Participants will receive a 20% off PrAna & Lole card.

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2018

TRASH RUN AT HOPS AND HOLLERS

Keep Knoxville Beautiful at 865-521-6957

5:00 pm at Hops and Hollers

Join us for a Trash Run at Hops and Hollers on Monday, November 5 from 5-7pm. This is a non-competitive fun run and litter pickup for runners/walkers of all ages. There is no designated route for the event; rather, participants are encouraged to spend an hour running or walking and collecting litter in the area. Keep Knoxville Beautiful will provide maps, gloves, bags, safety vests, and litter pickers. At the conclusion of the run, runners are invited back to Hops and Hollers to hang out and have the opportunity to win prizes. Signup online.

KTC GROUP RUN

Knoxville Track Club

6:00 pm at Balter Beerworks

Join Knoxville Track club’s Monday evening social pace group run. Meet at Balter Beerworks and afterwards, stick around for a discounted beer!

HEAD SOUTH KNOX FOR WINTER FUN RUN

865 Running  and Alliance Brewing Company

6:30 pm at Alliance Brewing Company

Bring a friend or come make some new ones at our Monday night South Knoxville run. Social pace, about 3 miles then come back for $1 beers. All levels are welcome.

BEARDEN BEER MARKET FUN RUN

Bearden Beer Market at 865-851-8922

6:30 pm at Bearden Beer Market

Join Bearden Beer Market every Monday night for their Group Fun Run through the neighborhood. Open to all levels of walkers and runners followed by $1 off all pints.

GROUP RUN ALCOA/MARYVILLE GREENWAY

Bike N’ Tri at 615-944-1729

6:30 pm at Bike N’ Tri

Group run every Monday evening on the Alcoa/Maryville Greenway.

 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2018

CLASSIC HIKE THE SMOKIES – CHIMNEY TOPS

Friends of the Smokies

8:00 am at location provided after registration

Lace up your boots for the November Classic Hike on Chimney Tops trail! Join Friends of the Smokies for this strenuous 3.5-mile hike, which has a total elevation gain of 1,300 ft. and will highlight the newly constructed overlook and the work of the Trails Forever crew. This hike is $20 for current members and $35 for new or renewing members. Your registration supports trail restoration and rehabilitation in the national park through the Trails Forever endowment.  After registering, you will receive an email on the Friday before the Classic Hike with carpool information and a Classic Hike Suggested Gear List.

CYCOLOGY BICYCLES TUESDAY RIDES

Cycology Bicycles at 865-681-4183

10:00 or 10:30 am at Cycology Bicycles

10:00 am ride is a B Group “No Drop” ride (15-18 mph) 35-45 miles. Must have general skills to ride roads with car traffic

10:30 am ride is an A Group ride of 40+ miles at 20+ average pace. This group is for advanced riders with good pace line skills

Call shop if weather is questionable.

FREE WINTER BACKPACKING 101 CLINIC

Little River Trading Company at 865-681-4141

6:00 pm at Little River Trading Company

To many, heading out into the wilderness when there’s snow on the ground and temperatures are in the single digits is totally crazy. But there are actually a lot of good reasons to go winter camping: quiet, solitude, having your pick of camping locations, and freedom from bugs and bears (which are most likely in hibernation). The key, of course, is staying warm. The good news is, with some planning, careful packing, and armed with some knowledge, you don’t have to freeze. The right layers, sleeping bag, pad, and tent, along with a few simple tricks can help combat the cold and turn your trip into an enjoyable cure for midwinter cabin fever. Join Tim Patterson and Scottie McClure as they discuss everything you need to know when it comes to Winter Backpacking. Including layering, filtration, shelters, sleeping bags, stoves, trip planning, food and more. Come with questions and we will be sure you leave with the information and inspiration to get you outside this Winter!

TUESDAY NIGHT NO-DROP MTB RIDE

Cedar Bluff Cycles at 865-692-1010

6:00 pm at Meads Quarry at Ijams Nature Center

Meet at the main trailhead parking lot. Charge up your lights and come join us for the Tuesday night co-ed MTB ride series. The planned location will be listed in the location field but keep an eye on our Facebook Page for any last-minute changes (weather). We roll out at 6 PM. Be ready to ride and have at least one light on your handlebars or helmet. This weekly ride is designed to be a fun social MTB ride. Depending on the number of people and skill levels we may split into multiple groups. Plan to be on the trails for up to 2 hours (don’t forget your hydration!).

INTRO TO CLIMBING

Onsight Rock Gym at 865-888-9123

6:30 pm at Onsight Rock Gym

Learn the basics of top rope belaying, knot tying, and climbing technique in this hands-on class. Designed for those with no previous climbing experience, this course teaches the necessary skills required to climb independently at Onsight Rock Gym. Upon completion of this class and after proper demonstration of learned skills, you will be receiving a temporary Top Rope Belay Tag for the day. You are then free to climb for the remainder of the day or until your arms give out! You must return on a separate day to take the official Top Rope Belay and Climbing Test. Prerequisites: None • Length: 90 minutes • Includes: FREE return day pass to use within 2 weeks of your class date. Cost: Members: One class FREE, Non-Members: $35

TUESDAY FUN RUN

865 Running

6:30 pm at Moe’s Original Bar B Que

This FREE fun run meets 630PM every Tuesday starting at Moe’s Original BBQ in Bearden. We’ll run 3ish miles and come back for $2 drafts and 1/2 priced wings!

CLINCH VALLEY TRAIL ALLIANCE MONTHLY MEETING

Clinch Valley Trail Alliance

7:00 pm at Crafter’s Brew – Oak Ridge

Monthly meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every month at Crafter’s Brew. Come join us!

HARVEY BROOME GROUP MONTHLY MEETING – NATIVE PLANT RESCUE SQUAD

Harvey Broome Group of the Sierra Club

7:00 pm at TN Valley Unitarian Universalist Church

Gerry Moll from the Native Plant Rescue Squad (NPRS) will be presenting about an innovative conservation project that he welcomes you to take part in. Please join Gerry as he presents on how (NPRS) makes use of native plants, slated for destruction to build healthy, vibrant habitat on urban and suburban land. Gerry and Joy Grissom founded the organization in the spring of 2015 with the mission of becoming an educational non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation and restoration of the rich diversity of the native flora in East Tennessee. NPRS works with entities such as builders, developers, and landowners to rescue native plants that would otherwise be destroyed during clearing, building, or development. The rescued plants are then made available for educational opportunities or restoration projects with the goal of increasing the overall ecological health of our region. The Harvey Broome Group features a program the second Tuesday of each month – except July. All Harvey Broome Group programs are free and are open to the public. Please join us!

 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2018

HIKE OLD SETTLERS TO CAMPSITE 33

Smoky Mountain Hiking Club

8:00 am at Comcast Parking Area OR at the Old Settlers trailhead in Greenbrier at 9:00 am

We will hike part of the Old Settlers Trail, starting in Greenbrier and going to Campsite 33 for our lunch break, then returning the same way. We will see traces of early mountain community life along the way, with a few stream crossings that can (hopefully) be rock-hopped. Hike: 13 miles, rated moderate (but long). Meet at Comcast at 8:00 am or at the Old Settlers trailhead in Greenbrier at 9:00 am. Leader: Pat Watts at watts_at_home@yahoo.com 

KTC GROUP RUN

Knoxville Track Club

5:30 pm at Runners Market Bearden

Join Knoxville Track Club and Runner’s Market every Wednesday evening for a social run. All paces welcome. Distance options vary. Grab a beer with some good folks afterwards!

CLIMBING FUNDAMENTALS AT THE CLIMBING CENTER

River Sports Outfitters at 865-523-0066

6:00 pm at River Sports Outfitters

Come learn the basics of Climbing every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month from 6 to 8pm with our Climbing Center Staff. Space is limited so call 865-673-4687 to reserve your spot now!

WEDNESDAY KBC GRAVEL RIDE

Knoxville Bicycle Company at 865-240-3499

6:30 pm at North Boundary Greenway – Turnpike Gatehouse

It’s time to get out on the gravel at North Boundary! We will meet at the guard shack on Oak Ridge Turnpike at 6:30. It will be a very casual pace about 11 miles, just for fun!  Night Gravel Grinder ride, Bring your Cross, Gravel, or MTB. Two levels of riding “A” and “B”. Bring lights! Regroups as necessary. Call shop for more details.

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2018

CYCOLOGY BICYCLES THURSDAY RIDE

Cycology Bicycles at 865-681-4183

10:00 am at Cycology Bicycles

A Group ride is usually a 40+ miles at 20+ average pace. This group is for advanced riders with good pace line skills. B Group ride is a “No Drop” ride (15-18 mph) 35-45 miles. Must have general skills to ride roads with car traffic. Call shop if weather is questionable.

NATURE PRESCHOOL OPEN HOUSE

Ijams Nature Center at 865-577-4717, ext. 110 to register

1:00 pm at Ijams Nature Center

Ijams Nature Center will host an open house for families interested in learning more about the new Nature Preschool at Ijams Nature Center. Visitors interested in learning more will be able to meet our Lead Teacher Leslee Moore, as well as see our indoor and outdoor classrooms. Registration is open for the Nature Preschool, which focuses on child-led, age-appropriate, experiential learning for children ages 3-5. The Nature Preschool at Ijams blends traditional education standards with the opportunity to learn about and explore the natural world. Children spend the majority of their time outdoors, where they learn through play, discovery and inquiry. The Nature Preschool at Ijams Nature Center is housed in the Miller Education Building.

NORTH KNOX BEER RUNNERS

North Knox Beer Runners

6:00 pm at Central Flats and Taps

Meet us at Central Flats and Taps EVERY Thursday night at 6pm for a fun and easy run leading us right through Last Days of Autumn for a midway beer!  After you have taken part in 10 runs, you will receive the super stylish North Knox Beer Runners Running Shirt! Join the group on Facebook and stay up to date on the Facebook page of Central Flats and Taps.

FLEET FEET SPORTS OPEN GROUP RUN/WALK

Fleet Feet Sports Knoxville at 865-675-3338

6:00 pm at Fleet Feet Sports

Sometimes, a group of workout buddies is just what you need to get out there run! Join us every Thursday night at our store for a fun group run/walk. We have all levels come out, so no matter what your speed you’ll have someone to keep you company. Our 30 – 60-minute route varies week by week in the various neighborhoods and greenways around the store, so be sure to show up on time so you can join up with the group. We’d love to have you!

NIGHT TRAIL RIDE

Cycology Bicycles at 865-681-4183

6:00 pm – call shop for meeting location

Join staff and friends every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:00 pm for a night trail ride. Dress accordingly as temps are low this time of year! This is a social pace ride on Beginner Plus / Intermediate cross-country terrain with roots, rocks, and challenging climbs. Ride is subject to cancellation or change in location due to wet trail conditions. Check our Facebook Page or call the shop for updates and where to meet. MUST HAVE LIGHTS!

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2018

REEL ROCK 13

Onsight Rock Gym at 865-888-9123

5:00 pm at Onsight Rock Gym

Onsight Rock Gym and REI Knoxville are psyched to co-host this year’s Reel Rock 13. Come hang out and watch these awesome climbing films with the best climbing community ever! Come early and hang out at our pre-show party featuring games, raffles, a food truck, and beer by Lilly Pad Hopyard and Brewery, AKA Del and Marte’s! 100% of all Lilly Pad beer and raffle ticket donations will be donated to East Tennessee Climbers Coalition and Southeastern Climbers Coalition. These organizations work hard to protect climbing crags in our area! This event is BYOS – Bring Your Own Seating. We are encouraging everyone to bring pillows, blankets, folding camp chairs (i.e. crazy creeks), hammocks to hang up on the walls, crash pads, and other creative seating ideas! Please do not bring any chairs that have narrow feet – they will injure our mats. We will have some, but limited seating available to use (thanks to our friends at REI, but there will be plenty of space for everyone to bring their own seating. Advance tickets: general admission: $15 and college students $12. Day of tickets: $20 (for everyone)

NATURE AT NIGHT: SKY STORIES

Ijams Nature Center at 865-577-4717, ext. 110 to register

6:00 pm at Ijams Nature Center

Many nocturnal animals have an innate ability to use stars to find their way while humans need a bit of help. We have created constellations to help us navigate the mass of stars and stories to navigate the constellations. This month we gather around the campfire as we learn how to find our way in the night sky using stories, so we too can navigate the constellations like nocturnal animals. Register online

A FALL NIGHT OUT!

Frozen Head State Park at 423-346-3318

6:00 pm at Frozen Head State Park

Join Ranger Joe and Ranger Kayley for a night of campfire riddles, majestic astronomy and lore! This special event will take place at the Stage Area in front of the Visitor’s Center. If you have any riddles, feel free to bring them and share them! The registration fee is $5 a person. Make sure to register in advanced for this program online for a great night of fun! Meet at the Frozen Head State Park Stage. Cost $5. Register online

FRIDAY FUN RUN

865 Running

6:30 pm at Pour Taproom

This FREE Fun Run starts every Friday at 630 pm from Pour Taproom. We’ll run 3 miles through downtown, World’s Fair Park, and the river walk. Then we’ll come back for drinks with 10% off! All levels are welcome, so come hang out with us!

THE CONSTELLATIONS

Norris Dam State Park at 865-426-7461

8:00 pm at Norris Dam State Park

Join Ranger Mike at the swimming pool parking lot to learn the night sky constellations. He will show you a cool app to use on your phone that will help you find these constellations. Cost $2.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2018

HIKE UP MT STERLING VIA BAXTER CREEK

KyBRa Athletics at 865-999-3126

7:00 am at KyBRa Athletics

Come join us as we go climb one of the most beautiful mountains and trails in the southeast. This is a good climb, so be prepared for a full day! This event is open to the general public, not just KyBRa members. For 6 miles one-way, Baxter Creek Trail essentially travels straight up Mt. Sterling, gaining about 4,000 feet in the process. While it’s certainly challenging, the grade is not steep enough to prevent you from reaching the summit. The challenge comes from the steady and seemingly never-ending upward slope continuing on for mile after mile. As it goes up, hikers pass through some very enticing forest biomes, at first consisting of rhododendron and laurel, and eventually moving into the balsam and spruce trees that make the Smokies such a magical place. Within these sweetly smelling trees is an understory so green, mossy, and lush, that you’ll feel like you’re in a completely different world. And if this stunning rainforest doesn’t feel like enough reward for your physical efforts, then the view from Mt. Sterling certainly will. At 5,842 feet, this mountain’s fire tower at its peak has the highest elevation out of any fire tower in the eastern United States. As such, the view from this old structure (built in 1935), is simply stunning. You can see vast views of the mountains straddling the Tennessee/ North Carolina border. After taking in the view and maybe enjoying some lunch, return to your car at the Baxter Creek Trailhead, by simply retracing your steps.

KTC 2018 YOUTH SERIES – PRE TURKEY-BURN

Knoxville Track Club

10:00 am at Sequoyah Hills

The Knoxville Track Club is proud to offer the 2018 Youth Series. Join us on November 17th for Pre Turkey-Burn at Sequoyah Hills at 10am

DAYHIKE. LAUREL-SNOW SEGMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND TRAIL

Harvey Broome Group of the Sierra Club

TBA – Must pre-register with BJ and Bob Perlack at perlack@aol.com for meeting time and location

Originally one of the ten Bowater Company Pocket Wilderness Areas and named after two waterfalls — Laurel Falls (80 feet) and Snow Falls (35 feet). In addition to the falls, the area features a couple of overlooks, steep gorges, boulder strewn creeks, and remnants of mining activity. Our hike starts up Richland Creek where we will pass an old mine tunnel and Dayton reservoir. After crossing a 50-foot metal bridge over Laurel Creek (1.5 miles), we will take the east trail to Laurel Falls (2.5 miles) and Bryan Overlook (3.5 miles) where we will have a view of the Tennessee Valley from a height of 1700 feet. Bryan Overlook is named after William Jennings Bryan prosecutor in the Scopes Monkey Trial held in nearby Dayton. The hike is 7 miles round trip. Rated moderate to difficult. Must preregister with BJ and Bob Perlack at perlack@aol.com for meeting time and location.

3RD SATURDAY HIKE

UT Arboretum Society at 865-483-7277

9:00 am at UT Arboretum in Oak Ridge

Come and explore the trails at the UT Arboretum at our monthly 3rd Saturday Hike! This is a great introduction to the arboretum and a way to meet others that love the outdoors. This monthly hike will be led by a member of the UT Arboretum Society. Come to the UT Arboretum in Oak Ridge at 9:00am and meet outside the Visitors Center. Wear clothes appropriate to the weather and boots or good shoes for outdoor walking. Families and children are welcome. Please be mindful that while we want this hike to be suitable for all difficulty rating is subjective to each person’s physical capacity.

SECRET CITY HALF MARATHON & 5K

Oak Ridge Visitor at 865-482-7821

9:00 am at Melton Lake Greenway – Oak Ridge Marina

The half marathon route starts at the scenic Melton Lake Peninsula. Enjoy 13.1 miles of mostly flat terrain. Course runs by the beautiful Melton Lake then down by an operational quarry for a change of scenery. Continue along a serene tree-lined private road then wind through Oak Ridge. Finish your race right back at peninsula. Course is USATF certified with certification #TN15066MS. Certified 5K course! The 5K race route starts and finishes at the Melton Lake Peninsula. The course follows the water’s edge along the Melton Lake walking trail to Elza Gate then double back to the peninsula. A very scenic and easy 5K run.

SMOKIES SERVICE DAYS – CAMPGROUND CLEAN-UP

Great Smoky Mountains Association at 865-436-7318 x349

9:00 am at Elkmont Campground – GSMNP

Great Smoky Mountains Association members are invited to sign up for Smokies Service Day projects, including opportunities to help care for park cemeteries, campgrounds, trails, roadsides, rivers, and native plant gardens. For scheduling purposes, deadline to register is 4 days prior to this event. This opportunity comes with an optional stroll through Daisy Town. You’ll learn all about the history of Elkmont before it became a National Park campground!

FREE GUIDED HIKE: TURKEYPEN RIDGE TO SCHOOLHOUSE GAP TRAIL

Little River Trading Company at 865-681-4141

9:00 am at Little River Trading Company

Total Miles: 4.5 miles   Difficulty: Easy/Moderate   Trail Type: Through Hike

Bring: Water, snacks, lunch, multi-layers, trekking poles, extra socks. Please wear wicking clothes.

RSVP Required – Sign up by emailing Trip Leader Dolphin Riggs at Dolphin@littlerivertradingco.com

BIKE ZOO SATURDAY RIDE

Bike Zoo at 865-558-8455

9:00 am at Bike Zoo

3-hour ride of 50+ miles at a fast pace of 18/20 mph. Weather permitting!

FLY FISHING 101

3 Rivers Angler at 865-200-5271

9:00 am at 3 Rivers Angler

3 Rivers Angler is offering “fly fishing 101″ lessons on fly casting and outfit rigging at absolutely no charge. Each class teaches the basics of rigging, casting and other intro to fly fishing skills. All of the gear and instruction is provided free of charge. Space is limited so please make sure to sign up well in advance. Bring a fly rod and reel with line if you have one, (if not, one can be provided in the beginning.) We’ll be covering “what to buy” during the first-class session so it is something that we can work around if you do not have one to start. Bring a notebook and pen to take notes. All graduates receive 15% off their first purchase! Course space is limited to 6 students.

MORNING RANGER LED HIKE

Norris Dam State Park at 865-426-7461

9:00 am at Norris Dam State Park

Meet Trent on the east side of the park near the TVA visitors center for a morning hike along the Lakeside Trail for a chance to see some nice views of the lake and some of the fall colors at their peak. Meet at the TVA Visitors Center.

TELLICO BLOCKHOUSE WALKING TOUR

Fort Loudoun State Historic Park at 423-420-2331

10:00 am at Tellico Blockhouse

Join us for this mile-long walk around the ruins of the Tellico Blockhouse. This Ranger led walk will look at the significance of the site in the annuals of United States history and explore archaeology to paint a picture of its existence. Rain or shine. Cost: $5 a person; Kids 12 and under are free. Register online

CITIZEN SCIENCE: BIOBLITZ

Ijams Nature Center at 865-577-4717, ext. 110 to register

10:30 am at Ijams Nature Center

BioBlitzes are chances for you to range all over Ijams as we try to find every species of animal, plant, fungus, and others that call Ijams home. Join Ijams naturalists as we explore every nook and cranny of Ijams to document what species we find as the seasons are changing. All you will need is your curiosity, a smartphone, and the FREE iNaturalist app! For those looking for birds, an optional early bird walk will leave the Visitor Center at 7:30 a.m. and return in time for the regular Bioblitz. The optional bird walk is included in the General Admission price, and no extra purchase is necessary. Register online

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2018

HIKE WALKER SISTERS HOMESTEAD AND LITTLE BRIER GAP

Great Smoky Mountains Association at 865-436-7318 x349

9:00 am at Little Brier School Parking Area

Let’s go back in time to 1881 and the tiny one-room Little Greenbrier School. Until 1925, the schoolhouse doubled as the community’s Primitive Baptist Church. Here we’ll receive a lesson about the good ol’ days. During our hike in this isolated setting, Liz Domingue, (pictured below) professional naturalist and owner of Just Get Outdoors tour company, will share the cultural history of the Walker family. She will explain the natural resources they needed so this family of 13 (four boys, seven girls and parents) could live a self-sustaining lifestyle in their livestock pastures, fruit orchards and vegetable fields. After exploring the area, we’ll visit the Walker sisters’ home and rest on their porch imagining what life was life for five of the sisters who trapped food in the forest, tended to their gardens and livestock, and openly welcomed visitors before and after the park was established. Other highlights of the trip will include an opportunity to view wildlife in its natural habitat, fall foliage and stream and woodland scenes. Rating: Easy to moderate Mileage: 4 miles maximum Pre-registration required, fees may apply, follow this link to learn more: http://www.smokiesinformation.org/info/branch-out-programs

INTRO TO CLIMBING

Onsight Rock Gym at 865-888-9123

1:00 pm at Onsight Rock Gym

Learn the basics of top rope belaying, knot tying, and climbing technique in this hands-on class. Designed for those with no previous climbing experience, this course teaches the necessary skills required to climb independently at Onsight Rock Gym. Upon completion of this class and after proper demonstration of learned skills, you will be receiving a temporary Top Rope Belay Tag for the day. You are then free to climb for the remainder of the day or until your arms give out! You must return on a separate day to take the official Top Rope Belay and Climbing Test. Prerequisites: None • Length: 90 minutes • Includes: FREE return day pass to use within 2 weeks of your class date. Cost: Members: One class FREE, Non-Members: $35

CLAYTON TURKEY TROT FOR EDUCATION

Clayton Homes

3:00 pm at Clayton Homes Corporate Office

The Clayton Turkey Trot for Education is a 5K and One Mile Fun Run/Walk held annually the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Funds raised through the event benefit the Blount County Education Foundation (BCEF), a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that delivers needed educational tools to help students and teachers in all Blount County Schools.

FORT LOUDOUN SP TOUR

Fort Loudoun State Historic Park at 423-420-2331

3:00 pm at Fort Loudoun State Historic Park

As you tour the buildings of Fort Loudoun, Ranger Baghetti will explain the roles of the fort and its many parts. This tour is not merely a study of architecture though. Discussions of the past will be revisited as you uncover how the fort’s location was determined, how the Little Tennessee River impacted all who lived within its valley, and how constant the challenge was to supply such a remote location. Together you will step back in time to experience Fort Loudoun on a more personal level, examining the lives of those who both thrived and struggled within the walls of this wilderness outpost. Meet at the Visitor Center. FREE

NATURE HIKE AT PANTHER CREEK SP

Panther Creek State Park at 423-587-7046

3:00 pm at Panther Creek State Park

Join Ranger Mayfield for a fun hike along Point Lookout Trail. The trail is a moderately difficult 2 mile trail loop ascending to an elevation of 400 feet above Cherokee Lake. Along the hike we will expereince some amazing views of the lake and may even run into some wildlife! Please remember to wear appropreate footwear and dress appropriately for the weather. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at Picnic Area #2 – Immediate left after ascending mountain on park roadway.

YOGA FOR CLIMBERS

River Sports Outfitters at 865-523-0066

7:00 pm at River Sports Outfitters

Come join us in The Climbing Center every Sunday at 7pm for Yoga! Cost is $5 for Members and $8 non-members. Participants will receive a 20% off PrAna & Lole card.

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