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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 - 5:00 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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Jazz at Ijams

Very close to Knoxville. You can enjoy a walk in the woods. We had the opportunity of listen a jazz band. We sat at the grass and had a wonderful time

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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Merida, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

Very close to Knoxville. You can enjoy a walk in the woods. We had the opportunity of listen a jazz band. We sat at the grass and had a wonderful time

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

Young and old will enjoy the sights and sounds of this nature paradise just minutes from downtown Knoxville.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Want to have a complete outdoor adventure within 10 minutes of downtown Knoxville? Ijams is your place. For a long time, Ijams has offered easy hiking/walking trails that were mostly in the shade and an ever expanding network of mountain biking trails. A paddling opportunity was thrown in as well. More recently, Ijams has opened a climbing wall and a... More 

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Arlington, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Part of my family went to the water to canoe, kayak and paddle board, and they enjoyed it. I took my son with autism to the nature center where they have a few animals and fish to view. Like sturgeon, turtles and snakes. My son loved the turtles. We also did a short little hike near the nature center and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

First of all it was free, they ask for donations but not required. We loved it. It was a hidden treasure in Knoxville. I recommend going, and can't wait to go again.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

I went there and was surprised by how close it was to down town. Helpful staff, great views, well maintained trails.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

This is a great little hidden gem in Knoxville. We have walked there several times and it is beautiful and shady for the most part. There is also a beautiful quarry where you can rent kayaks or canoes at a reasonable price. The water is beautiful and crystal clear.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I lived in Knoxville without knowing this existed for too long. Now that I'm acquainted I would like to spend every weekend here. The trails are beautiful but the best thing to do is rent a paddleboard inexpensively and go out on the quarry.

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Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Neat place to hike without traveling outside of the city to the Smokys. Trails of varying difficulty. You'll see families, bikers, runners, and those just out for a leisurely stroll.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Bones (my husky) and I took our morning walk here and we both enjoyed it. Some great "lookout" places. The trails are nicely maintained. If you have children, this would be a great place for them. There are little "learning areas" all around. Saw a few people enjoying the picnic area. I didn't go in the gift shop or restaurant... More 

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Additional Information about Ijams Nature Center

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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