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Ijams Nature Center

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Address: 2915 Island Home Ave., Knoxville, TN
Phone Number: +1 865-577-4717
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9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Tue 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed - Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Activities: Hiking, Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching
Description: Ijams Nature Center is a 300-acre urban greenspace, where people of all...
Ijams Nature Center is a 300-acre urban greenspace, where people of all ages can hike, bike, learn, explore, or simply enjoy nature in Knoxville, TN. Established in 1910 by the Ijams family for bird-watchers and nature-lovers, Ijams Nature Center has been ranked one of Knoxville's top three attractions by TripAdvisor, winning the 2013 Certificate of Excellence as well. Ijams Nature Center is a member and visitor-supported nonprofit organization. Your generous support is needed to continue the ongoing legacy for generations to come!
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A fun hike or stroll

The nature center is well maintained. The trails are clearly marked. There are signs posted throughout the trails that point out various wild life and plant life. The trails are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
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Middletown, Connecticut
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Middletown, Connecticut
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

The nature center is well maintained. The trails are clearly marked. There are signs posted throughout the trails that point out various wild life and plant life. The trails are not difficult with the exception of some steep hills at the quarry. The views are phenomenal! Don't forget to bring a picnic lunch there are plenty of tables provided for... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We stopped by here for some hiking on our last day in the city before heading home. The trails are beautiful and very scenic, even in late spring before most things have started to bloom! The view of the river is gorgeous! This is also a very pet friendly area. We took our dog with us and she loved it.... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

This is a beautiful nature center with curated trails. Lovely views of the water and the quarry. It looks like you can rent kayaks in the spring and summer. There were a lot of people out running, walking, picnicking, and just enjoying the day in general. Though there were a lot of people, it did not feel crowded at all.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

If you live in Knoxville and don't frequent Ijams, that is a sad thing! They have beautiful wooded walking trails, adaptive boat docks for handicap/disability boating, interactive programs, butterflies flitter abundantly and it is our favorite place in town for a picnic. I am always offered a cup of tea and we visit at least 3 times a week. The... More 

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25 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Ijams has something interesting to do constantly. In the summer you can rent paddle boards, on Saturdays you can enjoy breakfast. Ijams frequently has festivals and events such as plant sales, seed swamps, running events, humming bird festivals. Their hiking trails are wonderful with long hikes and short hiking options.

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Sarah B, Guest Relations Manager at Ijams Nature Center, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your glowing review.... I think you summed Ijams up wonderfully with all of our programs and offerings and trails that we have. We hope you come back this year to see all of the new and exciting changes that we have going on at Ijams. More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Truly a beautiful place to take a day-cation! There are many trails to hike and the scenery is magnificent any time of year. One of my all time favorites.

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Sarah B, Guest Relations Manager at Ijams Nature Center, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your glowing review. We like to think that Ijams has so much to explore year round---wildflowers in the spring, wildlife and warm weather in the summer, beautiful colors in the fall, and finding animal tracks in the winter months... just to name a few. We hope to see you back out at Ijams again soon... More 

Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Not necessarily a unique concept, still a great time every time I've been there. Little and big kids love it, lots of indoor and outdoor attractions.

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Sarah B, Guest Relations Manager at Ijams Nature Center, responded to this review

We are so glad that you enjoy coming out to Ijams again and again. We are bringing new and exciting things to Ijams this year---a climbing crag with many routes for all experience levels of climbers, an aerial trekking course, a new boat launch at the river to allow a bigger paddling experience, new programming and so much more. Hope... More 

Knoxville, Tennessee
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
22 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Although it has many activities noted for the children, I found the grounds and nature walks disappointing. They are doing some construction, but it didn't hinder our excursion. They could get some help from the Wildlife Department at UT. I would not take my grandchildren to it again.

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Sarah B, Guest Relations Manager at Ijams Nature Center, responded to this review

We are sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your adventure out at Ijams this time around. We do have some construction going on to enhance the park---we just finished our new classroom for kids, Jo's Grove (our kids area) is expanding and getting more kid friendly additions to it, we are putting in an aerial trekking course, and so... More 

Knoxville, Tennessee
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a great local place to go to get away from it all - walking trails that are dog friendly. They sometimes have educational programs and music concerts outdoors.

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Sarah B, Guest Relations Manager at Ijams Nature Center, responded to this review

Thank you so much for coming out and hiking at Ijams. We love having folks bring their four legged furry friends on our trails! If you haven't tried it, we usually have a group dog walk once a month with our staff veterinarian. We will be having our MeadowLark Music Festival again this summer...bigger and better than ever! Hope you... More 

Knoxville, Tennessee
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

This is truly one of the best kept secrets in Knoxville. Right in the heart of downtown, this is a great place to go if you are looking for a place to go walking, or take the family for some outdoor time. Great little nature museum for the whole family. Has a cute little nature gift shop, where you can... More 

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Sarah B, Guest Relations Manager at Ijams Nature Center, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your amazing review.... I think you captured a little bit of everything in it!!And this year, we are expanding our offerings with more programming and special events for adults and kids of all ages. New adventures courses, climbing area, a new dock at the river and so much more. We hope you bring your family... More 

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