We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Ijams Nature Center

2915 Island Home Ave., Knoxville, TN
423-577-4717
Update attraction details
Ranked #4 of 41 attractions in Knoxville
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Hiking, Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching
Description: 80 acres of woods, meadows and trails.
Write a Review

126 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    80
    43
    3
    0
    0
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
27 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Ijams is a great place for families and individuals who love the outdoors. The nature center is fun and the grounds, activities and sites wonderful. It's so close to downtown that it's a must for Vol fans visiting to take in a game or even for biz travelers who need a break.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Knoxville, Tennessee
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I've been here a lot with my kids. The exhibit inside is a little dull. The animal hour at 2:00 is interesting. A ranger/guide holds an animal and talks about it, but what's so great is that usually there are only about ten people so you can really see it up close, but no petting. The trails are shaded and... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I haven't been very far into the nature center but have now been there a few times and have loved it in every season. It is so beautiful and quiet and just a nice place to relax, take photos, and take in nature! It is cleaned regularly and you can tell a lot of work goes into keeping it looking... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Knoxville, Tennessee
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
19 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

This is one of the nicest places near Knoxville to walk in the woods. The boardwalk area is very nice and peaceful. I've seen raccoons and other animals in the area. I wouldn't walk there in the heat of the day during summer; it gets hot really quick.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Knoxville, Tennessee
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I went hiking with my sister and brother around the quarry and trails. We had a wonderful day and hiked for several miles. They both recently had hip replacements and although going was a little slow we still enjoyed the beauty that Ijams has to offer. I look forward to enjoying Ijams more in 2014. I recommend this for kids... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Really great way to get away from the city and go for a (mostly flat) hike!! Nice trail system, lots of gorgeous views, and really informative visitors centers!! Love to visit this place as often as possible.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Knoxville, Tennessee
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This is a great place to walk and sight see with family or with kids. The visitors center has a museum with live animals such as a snake and a couple of turtles. There are a few trails you can hike along and it is a great exercise!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Knoxville, Tennessee
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

First trip to Ijams nature center. We were pleasantly surprised. The visitors center was very nice. We walked most of the trails. It was a beautiful day and lots of families were enjoying this free park. Who knew this neat park was hidden in downtown Knoxville!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Greeneville, Tennessee
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

Great park. Very clean. Nice little museum/gift shop. Not really a place you could spend all day, we covered it in about 2 hours,

Was this review helpful? Yes
Roswell
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
29 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

A friend took us here when we were visiting and it was a great place to take children hiking. They have several different trails with different scenery. There are woods, lakes and a rock quarry to explore. It is a short drive from downtown but you feel like you are miles away from it all.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Ijams Nature Center also viewed

 

Been to Ijams Nature Center? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Ijams Nature Center, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing