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Ijams Nature Center

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Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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WONDERFUL asset to Knoxville area

Walking trails, suspended walk-ways along the lake, educational building about nature and... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Knoxville, Tennessee
Fun place for a family walk or a single bike ride.

We always have a good time walking or biking the grounds in and around the nature center. Well... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Tim G
Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
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“great trails”(19 reviews)
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Ijams Nature Center is a 315-acre member- and visitor-supported nonprofit organization, where people of all ages can hike, bike, paddle, climb, learn, explore, or simply enjoy nature in Knoxville, TN. The grounds and trails are open every day from...more
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2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920-2738
+1 865-577-4717
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Reviewed yesterday

Walking trails, suspended walk-ways along the lake, educational building about nature and wildlife. WE came intending to spend an hour or so, wound up here all day. VERY relaxing, great place to get-away to.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank kimberlybO7737FT
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We always have a good time walking or biking the grounds in and around the nature center. Well maintained and a great family spot. Get outside and enjoy these trails.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Tim G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were driving through Knoxville and decided to stop just to walk somewhere. Ijams Nature Center popped up on the map so we stopped there. We walked the River trail and then headed to the Keyhole area for a 2.5 mile round trip hike. It...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ladybug527
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We came here in the afternoon & really enjoyed the river boardwalk trail. The lady at the desk was very helpful with directions however on the way back to the nature center we kinda got confused. There was a sign that pointed right to the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank iparker5611
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The trails throughout the property are beautiful and peaceful. As we were standing on a dock looking at a heron about 6 feet away, my husband said, "There's an owl in the tree right behind your head!" Sure enough, I turned around and there was...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Mrsreed0412
Reviewed December 11, 2018 via mobile

What a beautiful well rounded park. A little bit of everything and beautiful at sunset. Nice trails. Too cold to swim, but I'll definitely head back for that.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Ryan R
Reviewed December 11, 2018 via mobile

Although I found the trails a bit confusing to follow (hence 4 stars), it's a beautiful nature getaway. I've been by myself, just to reflect in nature, with my dog for adventure and with a day date, for quiet walk and talk. Like I said,...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank whitesidestudio
Reviewed December 9, 2018

Hike around the quarry, bring or rent kayaks, fish, or stop in the learning center. There are so many trails for biking too, easy to difficult and greenway trail. Check out the zip line with technical levels to work your way through. They sometimes have...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank kbfo
Reviewed December 9, 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed wandering around. Lots of different native veritation to see. We eventually went down by the river which was very pretty.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank balian1131
Reviewed December 7, 2018

Went hiking here on our recent trip to Knoxville. We went on Thanksgiving so the nature center and ziplines were closed but we still had a great time walking around. Trails and area around nature center were very clean and well marked. I'm sure this...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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July 14, 2018|
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Response from mtngirldesigns | Reviewed this property |
I believe there is at least one paved trail. Most are dirt or covered in wood chips. You could definitely use the scooter inside the nature center, and there is handicapped parking available. I would call Ijams to be sure,
June 27, 2018|
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Response from carriejmayer | Reviewed this property |
Yes and yes. Bring bug spray. It is a very wooded area near water and depending on the time of year, can be buggy.
April 29, 2018|
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Response from scottsM6952RG | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Leashed dogs are allowed
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Boston, Massachusetts
2 hours in Knoxville.... GO (4 Replies)
We will be driving from Gatlingburg to Nashville with a pitstop in Knoxville. We have a 5 year old and an 8 year old. Given our timing, we will only have a couple of hours. What would you recommend as a must-do with our brief stop--breakfast, activity, place to see, things to do, etc? Some interesting things we have seen are the Sunsphere and World's Fair Park, Market Square, Ijams Nature Center, The Muse, Old City... It looks like our youngest is too young for Navitat. Thanks!
July 30, 2017|
Response fromSunTn|
The Worlds Fair site and Market Square area is nice with the limited time you have. There is a free trolley service that will transport you along these routes. It's very dependable and air conditioned. There's a playground on the World fair site and a nice grassy area with splash pad. Also a splash pad on Market square. Many restaurants on Market square. Any other questions feel free to ask. I'm a local. I have a question for you...what's the best transportation option from the...More
Vestal, New York
What to do in Knoxville with a disabled person? (2 Replies)
Our family is trying to get a reunion together in Knoxville for my mother's 90th birthday in August. She uses a walker for short distances and relies on a wheelchair for longer distances. She enjoys parks with sitting areas for picnics, but I worry about the wheelchair getting stuck in unpaved walkways. Sevierville and Gatlinburg are just too far away from her assisted living center home. I've been reading the forums and I am wondering about the disabled access of the Volunteer Princess and...More
April 21, 2008|
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Thank you for the information!