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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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Nice easy hiking along the river

Plenty of parking, Hiking trails, visitor center staffed by courteous staff make for a very enjoyable morning or afternoon stroll.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Morris County, New Jersey
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Morris County, New Jersey
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Plenty of parking, Hiking trails, visitor center staffed by courteous staff make for a very enjoyable morning or afternoon stroll.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Great place to walk, with the family and our dog! Beautiful scenery, natural environment. The dog welcoming center was under construction while we were there, but there is one, along with a water fountain for dogs!

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Frankfort, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

I was looking for a place to hike near our hotel, and look where Trip Advisor took me. I went for a very peaceful hike just after sunrise. Didn't see a soul until I finished my hike. The staff was setting up for an educational program for 600 first graders. Glad I came when I did!!!! The boardwalk along the... More 

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oak ridge
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Part of the Urban Wilderness set of parks, is contiguous to several.In Ijams the walk along the river and through various trails is nice. Some very cool stuff in the adjacent Meads Quarries too. Do the big loop around the quarry, be sure to see the Rock house - cant even describe that. Miles and miles of connected trails (unpaved).

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Ijams has some great paths for beginner hikers with great scenery. It is worth it to buy the $2 hiking trail map and explore both close to the nature center and the quarry. Check out the pond for frogs and tadpoles and look up while hiking, we've seen owls.

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Harriman, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

SO MUCH NATURE! Several trails through wooded area of Knoxville. However, if you're not careful, one of the trails will start to take you along what basically amounts to a general city sidewalk on the side of the road, so watch out for that. It's fun to find and follow the random train tracks, too. Also, be sure to check... More 

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Louisville
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We have lived in Knoxville for many years and went for the first time to Ijams with grandchildren. They advertise pet friendly but we were not allowed to take our dog (small) in gift shop and to see displays in same building, even though I was carrying him. Lots of hills even on paved trails. Did not see any animals... More 

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

I have been to this attraction a number of times. They have special events for holidays that are great family events. They also offer learning adventures. It's a beautiful spot and a great place to explore. Top notch family attraction!

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Ijams Nature Center has grown over the years with the acquisition of a lot of surrounding land, including a quarry. I went to a huge outdoor lunch there recently, and today went to a plant sale. Beautiful surroundings, plenty of parking, and lots of places to walk. The folks there have done an admirable job of keeping up the property... More 

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Middletown, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

The nature center is well maintained. The trails are clearly marked. There are signs posted throughout the trails that point out various wild life and plant life. The trails are not difficult with the exception of some steep hills at the quarry. The views are phenomenal! Don't forget to bring a picnic lunch there are plenty of tables provided for... More 

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