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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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We love it It's a great place to get away from the city for everyone. And it's cheap and educational.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This was one we could not pass up. It was FREE. Very peaceful walking trails that go though the hills and down by the river. Kids enjoyed the exhibits inside the welcome center as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

We love it It's a great place to get away from the city for everyone. And it's cheap and educational.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I have lived in Knoxville all of my life and never been to IJAMS until last summer. My 12 year old Grandson who lives in Morristown had heard of it and wanted to attend an Adventure Camp IJAMS was having. My 9 year old Granddaughter and 6 year old Grandson also wanted to attend camp there albeit a camp for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Visited Ijams today with our family that lives in Knoxville. Easy and well-marked trails made for a very pleasant afternoon. Dog-friendly too. There's a good variety of landscapes, including interesting marble quarries and a cool area for paddle-boarding, canoeing, kayaking. If I lived here, I would definitely make this a regular hang out.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Highly over rated but a nice place to walk. Some decent trails, some with a little bit of a climb. If you are looking for "Nature" I would suggest skipping this and going to the Smoky Mountains where you can actually experience real Nature.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Ijams is always at the top of the to-do list I create for friends visiting Knoxville. The staff is wonderful and the grounds themselves make for great exploration!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015 via mobile

This place is so much fun for my family and I. I have three children (17,14, and 11) they all enjoy this park as well as my two dogs. My kids love the activities trails. Also paddle boarding is such a perfect thing to do with all of them! We go almost every week to ijams wether if it's to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

I love Ijams. If you are an outdoor person at all, you will LOVE this place. My favorite trail is the riverwalk. It goes right beside the river on a boardwalk. There are a few benches along the way so you can sit and enjoy the beautiful view of the river.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Had a wonderful short 1 mile hike. Beautiful scenery along the Tennessee River. Huge trees with lots of shade. Nice visitor's center with helpful maps and instruction.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

I didn't visit the center at the time but I did hike with a friend on the River trail and the Quarry trail. Both trails are well maintained and marked and have some beautiful scenery. Take the time to climb the steps on the River trail to the Geologic fold, it is very interesting. I'll be back to hike there... More 

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Additional Information about Ijams Nature Center

Address: Address: 2915 Island Home Ave., Knoxville, TN
Phone Number: +1 865-577-4717
Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Knoxville
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

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