Nine "urban hikers" hikers braved the storm-loaded clouds to do a walk-about at the Seven Islands Refuge, part of the Knox County Parks network. This 360-acre wildlife refuge is well known to local birders. Unfortunately, it started raining as soon as we started our hike, and continued to rain steadily for at least an hour. The "silver lining" was that, when the rain finally stopped, the clouds stayed on and gave us a nice cool June day to enjoy the remainder of our hike. Though we saw only a few birds during the showers, once the rain stopped, our list of species expanded to 20, including: bob white, brown thrasher, eastern bluebird, eastern towhee, field sparrow, indigo bunting, American kestrel, common yellowthroat warbler, yellow-breasted chat, great blue heron, and black-crowned night heron. Other treats included a great blue heron rookery, some very nice wildflower displays, and of course, a few nice views of the mountains in the distance and the French Broad River up close.
1 · June 24
It started raining just as we were about to start walking, and I wasn't into that, so will walk w/ the group another time. This seems like a fun and interesting group of people.
0 · June 10
No this hike will not be done by 11. We'll probably do about 4-5 miles, and it's about a 40 minute drive from Knoxville, so I don't think it would work if you have to be back by 11! Most all of our outings will be closer with options for shortening the hike if you need to. This particular area is about 360 acres in size!
0 · June 7
Anyone who wishes to carpool to Seven Islands from Knoxville can meet in the parking lot at Comcast on Asheville Highway PROMPTLY at 8:00 AM - get there a few minutes earlier to find each other and to make arrangements among yourselves for carpooling. If you want to google map to it, the address is: 2809 Kelly Ln, Kodak, TN
0 · June 7
OK , just me. But we should still carpool. I'll drive if you want.
0 · June 5