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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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Lovely, peaceful medium intensity hike along the river Boardwalk

My family stopped here during our road trip to take a walk along the river boardwalk. In our party were myself and my partner, our 15 year old and toddler. The walk took about an... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Guelph, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

My family stopped here during our road trip to take a walk along the river boardwalk. In our party were myself and my partner, our 15 year old and toddler. The walk took about an hour, and was great way to break up the road trip. We are from an area in Ontario which is abundant with nature, although we... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

It is a best kept secret. Beautiful trails, the options are many and varied. It is located in the downtown area but it feels a million miles away. Very back to nature atmosphere. Great for families.

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Franklin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

My family and I love Ijams Nature Center and the many outdoor activities that are available there. We hike, bike ride, paddle board and picnic all in a beautiful, natural setting. There are many festivals held there through out the year as well - truly a place that has something for everyone!

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Ijams Nature Center just keeps getting better all the time. Every time we go we find something different to do and/or see. If you are visiting Knoxville, check their website for schedule of events. It is a great place to spend an afternoon exploring and very close to downtown. Enjoy!

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Ijams Nature Center is one of the most beautiful places in Knoxville. There are miles of hiking trails, some along the river and historic areas. The center itself, is a learning place where there are classes and information available about the area. It is also a great venue for music festivals and craft shows.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Lots of choices of short hikes, but you can string together sections to make it longer. Good choice for families, including small children.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

I came here and the signs say they have a leash law but a man seemed to have his dog running around without a leash. Besides that it was a great experience

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Bishopville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

It was raining when we arrived, but still did the River walk and found the trees kept us pretty dry. Went over to Meads Quarry and rented a canoe for a one hour paddle.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I loved it! Great trails for running! It was a little confusing finding the trail, but the trails were clean and clear! I will definitely be going back

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

The place was great for a walk. Found an owl along the way. The view was great. Would like to comeback.

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