Explore the most popular trails in Meades Quarry with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Loop at Ijams connecting several short trails. Abundant wildflowers, e.g. bloodroot, early blossoms of trillium, daffodils. Scenic overlooks of the river valley and rock quarries. Several areas for rock climbing. Some child friendly areas. Bat caves are closed by iron gates, but you can climb to them and peer inside.

I’ve been on several hikes that have far better natural aesthetic qualities, however, Ijams deserves a huge five star “thumbs up” for its proximity to an urban area. Great place for people to learn and value their natural world! Wonderful educational programs about conservation, e.g. gardening, birding, hikes. *****

Great short loop with a few steep points. Nice views of GSMNP and quarry from above. Get pretty slick after heavy rains. Easy access from parking, Ijams and downtown, but still feels secluded and peaceful.

Nice trail. We went the “back way” on the loop, going clockwise. It was more difficult that way—the uphill section is quite steep for about a quarter of a mile. I can see that coming the other direction would have been an easier climb. But the scenery was nice, and my kids all seemed to enjoy it.

Wonderful short hike! Took my 2 & 5 year old. Was a little challenging for the 2 yo. Had to carry her some. Definitely need good shoes. The majority is uphill and downhill. Slippery especially with leaves this time of year. (November)
The cemetary was really neat. Theh granddaughter of a couple people buried there had left some info about them.
The outlooks were very pretty.
Not too crowded.
Saw about 5 couples so not too crowded.
If you wanted to continue you could always do the other trails once you loop around. There's tons to explore around there.

For a hike in a city this is as good as it gets. I wish I had access to something like this in IL. I agree with the person that reviewed this trail the same day as me (10/2/18). I went in the evening and while more people were there most of the trail was quiet...so think they were on other trails or right by the quarry.

I did record my distance and I hit 2 miles but I did double track certain areas going back for pics etc after people would leave so it is definitely less than 2 if you don’t double back.

It has an incline for most of the mountain side of the quarry. Only recommendation is to get there with sufficient time to do the trail at the pace you want before dark. I had to jog in spots to make it through before dark when the gates close :)

Oh and I also wish I had my hiking boots instead of gym tennis shoes, but I didn’t pack them this trip.

If I lived here, I would go here frequently. The pics do not do it justice.

This is a 1.1 mile hike (not 2 miles like AllTrails claims). It is more easy than moderate- the slight ups and downs and twists and turns keep it fun. Bringing hiking poles would be a good idea to help steady yourself on the ups & downs as the ground is damp mud with leaves on it and not ideal footing. I was glad to have brought one of my poles since I was baby wearing as well.

Some beautiful sights and wildlife. We saw some big spiders and a turtle on the trail! We ran into our share of cobwebs, but none were giant or full of spiders so it wasn’t even that annoying actually. There were some mosquitos towards the 0.75-1.0 mile range but that’s about it. My dog did this easily as well (she’s an experienced hiker though).

We hiked at 11am on a Tuesday in October and were the only ones out there. It was very peaceful and a lot of history to be learned here.

The cemetery was especially interesting because a living family member posted 2 photo frames with the deceased persons information and stories on them along with flowers. It was very neat to read about the family and learn about what happened and their struggles ages ago.

I will definitely be back- this is a perfect short hike that isn’t too easy or too difficult.

Awesome place with awesome views of the quarry! A bit of a hike up a small mountain, as well as level trail.

Great hiking in the city! It’s a short trail that gets some good cardio in!

Nice and short, moderate difficulty climb. As an added bonus you pass by a historic cemetery. Fun hike.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Nice hike with some steep sections but not too hard wouldn’t have miles adding the cave loop

Thursday, February 15, 2018

I took my girlfriend here as a surprise for both of us. I’m obsessed with climbing and exploring so this place gets two thumbs up from me. There are several great views, and photo opportunities. As for the people who leave negative reviews due to bugs, heat, cold, etc. It’s probably best for you to get back to that couch and binge-watch something on Netflix.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Great trail with some beautiful lookout points along the way.

Monday, October 30, 2017

awesome how close to town it is.

Friday, October 27, 2017

I wanted to do Pink Marble trail but it was closed. The quarry was beautiful!

Friday, October 13, 2017

just had surgery 6 days ago and walked the trail it was amazing

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Nice walk around to see pretty views at a couple of overlooks. The old graveyard was cool, the most interesting part of the hike. Fits the bill for convenient near-town hike. Might not necessarily return though.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

I hiked on the Flow trail, good amount of wildlife, could hear some cars from the road.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

This trail is a great short hike perfect for an afternoon walk. I highly recommend bringing your dogs along on these trails, as the terrain is pretty easy for them. There are some great views of the quarry lake and the surrounding forest area. While there isn't as much greenery in the winter months, the leaves litter the floor and make for a fun crunchy hike.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

This is a good climb and decent old grave yard and views of the quarry.

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