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Ijams Nature Center

2915 Island Home Ave., Knoxville, TN
(865) 577-4717
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Ranked #4 of 52 Attractions in Knoxville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Hiking, Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching
Description: 80 acres of woods, meadows and trails.
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Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

It was closed so after an hour drive to get there we were told it was closed for a private function. Nothing on their website for that day at all, just apologies at the closed entrance.

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

Sue-- We are so sorry to hear about your disappointing trip to Ijams. We certainly didn't mean for that to happen. We had a large, private event going on at the main Visitor Center that day, but the trails and alternate parking areas were still open for visitors to explore and enjoy- I am sorry if this wasn't conveyed to... More

Fairfield, Ohio
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Visited here the first weekend of October. Lots of very nice walking trails and a very nice visitors center. Conveniently located near the heart of Knoxville. If you have a few hours to spend and you want to get away from the crowds, this would be a great place to visit.

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

We are so glad that you enjoyed your trip out to Ijams this month. The colors are really starting to pop out on the trees. We hope you come back to visit soon---there is always something new to look at on our trails. More

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Ijams is my go to place when I want to feel like I'm getting out of the city. The river board walk is one of my favorite walking trails and the quarry has some pretty decent hiking trails. I could spend all day here and many times have. Peaceful, quiet, and has several secluded places with benches on the trails... More

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

Ariel, Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are so glad that Ijams is one of your favorite places. Sometimes it is nice to find that quiet place where you can just think, read, take in nature... glad Ijams is that for you. Hope you come back again soon. More

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15 reviews 15 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

nice, quiet walk at your own pace. the weather was perfect. The grounds are well kept and fellow travelers show respect.

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

Thank you so much for your review of Ijams. We are so glad that you enjoyed hiking our trails. We hope that you come back soon to see all the fall colors! More

Monterey, Tennessee
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

All should see this place. A oasis in the heart of a city. Looks like a great place to fish and hike and just enjoy

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

Thank you so much for your review of Ijams. We are so glad that you enjoyed your trip out to Ijams. Not only do we have hiking and fishing at the quarry, but we have biking, paddling, programming and so much more. We hope that you come back soon to see all the fall colors! More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

It is a must-see place! Staff are welcoming and friendly. You can ask for Sarah or Peg for any help. It is a great place for kids to learn about nature. River trail is wonderful view, will take away your tired day. Greenhouse is neat and they have bird feed for hummingbird. Many trails for you to try, either short... More

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

Thank you so much for your review of Ijams. We are so glad that you enjoyed hiking our trails, checking out our wildlife, and just spending the day out here. We hope that you come back soon to see all the fall colors! =) More

Knoxville, Tennessee
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Great place for a walk, stroll or a picnic. Check out their website for activities. Many trails through the woods and by the river. Great area for kids to play. Don't let your kids grow up without going to Ijams!

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

Thank you so much for your review of Ijams. We are so glad that you enjoyed your trip to Ijams. Our monthly happenings are always changing so we hope that you come back soon to see all the fall colors and enjoy some new activities with the family! More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

The nature center is well preserved and very clean. All the workers were very informative and friendly. I went here for a project for my class. I needed to take pictures of a recreational area and I'm happy that I had chose this one.

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

Thank you so much for your review of Ijams. We are so glad that you chose Ijams for your project. We love having students come out and explore the grounds! We hope that you come back soon to see all the fall colors! More

Knoxville, Tennessee
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Had a great time exploring Ijams this weekend. We stared out kayaking in Meads Quarry Lake. This is a gorgeous lake. We stared at 8 am and met up with Stephen Bales, Senior Naturalist, who was very knowledgeable about the area and answered all the many, many questions my kids had. After 2 hours on the lake we went hiking... More

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

Thank you so much for your review of Ijams. We are so glad that you enjoyed hiking our trails, paddling in the lake, and just exploring the entire park. Sorry to hear about the deleted pictures...definitely means you will have to come back soon to see all the fall colors! And if your kids enjoyed climbing on the rocks, keep... More

Knoxville, Tennessee
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We walked the trails and saw great views over the Tennessee River as well as the Quarry. The hike up the mountain using Tharp Trace is a great workout. A tree had fallen over the path, but the walk around to see the view at the top over the waters in the quarry were worth it. The trails are great... More

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