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Ijams Nature Center

2915 Island Home Ave., Knoxville, TN
+1 865-577-4717
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Ranked #5 of 40 Attractions in Knoxville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching
Owner description: Ijams Nature Center is a 300-acre urban greenspace, where people of all ages can hike, bike, learn...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching
Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Tue 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed - Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Knoxville
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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Great location in south Knoxville. There's a very interesting museum at the park, and plenty of paved and unpaved trails to bike and hike. Great place to get out on Sunday afternoon.

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Spend a few relaxing hours in this amazing green space not far from downtown Knoxville. Great network of trails through the woods and along the Tennessee River. The hiking is easy; nothing too challenging. The nature is beautiful, though, and this is a big chunk of land, so explore at your leisure.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This place is spectacular. On a nice day, it is a wonderful place to spend a few hours. There are paved trails, trails for bikes, and trails through the woods. Would highly recommend!

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Only minutes from downtown Knoxville, Ijams nature center and the surrounding area is a great place to spend some quality time outdoors. There's an area trail guide posted on a sign in parking lots. On the river side of nature center, there are several trails, some of which are suitable for mountain biking. One of these trails ( not a... 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 and for spreading the word about what there is to do at Ijams. We are so glad that you enjoy the park and we hope to see you back again soon! More 

Kouts, Indiana
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

I've been to Knoxville many times and never knew this place was there. Thanks Trip Advisor for bring it to my attention. Great hiking and a very nice wildlife center. I would highly recommend it. Don't forget to hike over to the quarry.

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

We are so glad that you found us on your trip! We hope you will come back soon and do some more exploring along our trails. More 

Knoxville, Tennessee
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

I visited ijams over the summer,there is too much to see and do in one day. I purchased a map for 2$ and took a nature walk,there where lots of trails for hiking,walking,biking. There is an insect house filled all kinds of insects,a place where you can look at birds. I took a walk to the quarry and rented a... More 

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

We are so glad that you came out to Ijams and tried out many of the things we have to offer. We hope you come back soon to hit the trails hiking and biking, paddle the quarry again in the spring, and just get out and enjoy nature with us. More 

Knoxville, Tennessee
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

I've lived in Knoxville for 12 years and have never been before. I've heard about this place here and there and finally decided to take the family. We came later in the day and chose a short walk. I didn't have a trail map so we went inside. The lady working there was very nice and most helpful. We got... More 

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

Diana---We are so glad that you made it out to Ijams!! There is so much to explore, so we hope you come back and get to see all of our trails through the Urban Wilderness! More 

Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Ijams is my favorite place to take my grandchildren. There are miles of trails to hike, and many classes are offered to the public for a small fee.

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

Thank you so much for visiting Ijams and for sharing this place and the joys of nature with your grandkids. Glad that you got to participate in some of our programming out here. We change it up every month so keep checking our website for new events at www.ijams.org. More 

Oak Ridge, Tennessee
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Ijams is a nice park in a pretty area. There's lots to do outdoors and the staff is well informed and helpful. If you are there in October, try the Lantern Tours for Halloween. It includes local history and some mild scares.

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

Thank you so much for visiting Ijams. This is a gorgeous time of year to come out and see all the sights and colors. Glad you enjoyed the Lantern Tour...we like to throw in a little ghastly history when we can! Hope you come back out again soon. More 

Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

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 

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