The “dream” of Narrow Ridge began in the late 1960’s and became a reality with the 1972 purchase by Bill Nickle of 40 acres of steep mountain land in Hogskin Valley. Bill believed that youth and young adults could better solve their problems by an immersion of some kind in a wilderness setting where they could connect with the sacredness of Creation. Because of lack of financial support, he put the dream on hold and left Grainger County in 1980 to work for nine years at a United Methodist Camp. He returned to the dream and Hogskin Valley in 1990 and with the financial support of Michael Wilburn and MacGregor Smith chartered Narrow Ridge for the second time.
With an emphasis on community, sustainability and spirituality for the last 20 years, the Board of Directors of Narrow Ridge and its staff have guided this non-profit corporation to expand to over 500 acres of environmentally protected land. Its solar powered structures, vegetable gardens and orchards have taught college students, interns and visitors how to live a more ecologically responsible lifestyle. Friends and neighbors from the North side of Grainger County as well as committed individuals around the nation have helped to make the dream come true.
For more information about Narrow Ridge and its activities and programs, visit our website at www.narrowridge.org or call us at 865-497-2753. We will be happy to schedule a tour for you and your family or to provide information regarding upcoming events.