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Ijams Nature Center

Address: 2915 Island Home Ave., Knoxville, TN
Phone Number: +1 865-577-4717
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Ranked #3 of 42 Attractions in Knoxville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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, Nature & Parks
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, Tennessee
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Really nice boardwalk along the TN river. Does not take long and it is a nice daytrip with time left to do other things. Cool pond in front with lots of frogs.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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113 reviews 113 reviews
25 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

If you ride mountain bikes this is the place to be. Miles and miles of great trails. Lots of obstacles and challenges and great scenery.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

hard to believe that this place is in the city , hiking, nature walks, boating. They have paved and unpaved trails. Some parts are a little steep. If going in warm weather be mindful of snakes. They have educational programs for kids. Feel like it is a nice place to spend time with family without driving to the mountains.

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Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Be sure to do the boardwalk if you go to Ijams, such a nice walk and not to difficult with a big pay off. If you are looking for a more difficult hike go across the street to the quarry, it's hard but rewarding.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Refreshing way to spend quality time with out you adult children. They were not open so we had to wing it following trails

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Knoxville, TN
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

There are numerous walking trails good for any time of the year, crossing meadows, woods, with beautiful views of rock structures and rivers. The Center has clean restrooms as well.

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

We are so glad that you have enjoyed the trails here at Ijams. We agree.... the trails are great no matter what time of year you come out. We hope the cold doesn't keep anyone aways---Winter is the perfect time for catching sight of the barred owls that reside here at Ijams. Hope to see you more in the New... More 

Knoxville, Tennessee
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Just outside of town (technically, it might still be in town) are some of the best hikes around. We've been here many times, and there are hiking areas for all interests. Long hikes, short hikes, river views. Flat, paved trails good for biking and strolling. Mountain bike trails, challenging trails. And a lovely visitor's center with kid-friendly programs. And sometimes... More 

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

Thank you for making Ijams a place that you keep coming back to over and over again. We hope that you will be back out this year and see all of the new and exciting things that are coming our way. There are going to be some great things coming to Ijams this year! More 

Gainesville, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

We started at the visitor center and took the north cove trail to the river walk. Beautiful walk and very interesting geologic formations. That trail connected to the quarry area. We walked to the keyhole which was indeed a really cool area. We then walked back to the visitor center. We did lots of picture taking and stopping to admire... More 

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to explore our trails---glad you enjoyed the geology in the park. You will have to try and come on one of our bouldering hikes this year to see some of the off trail geologic areas. More 

Knoxville
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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

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

Thank you so much for coming out to explore Ijams. We hope you can make it back out in 2015 to see all the new things that we are putting in place and the new renovations that we will be doing in the Exhibit Hall. More 

Brooklyn, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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Sarah B, Guest Relations Manager at Ijams Nature Center, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to explore Ijams. We hope that you come back out in the new year to enjoy some more of the wilderness. More 

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