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Ijams Nature Center

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Address: 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920-2738
Phone Number: +1 865-577-4717
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Tue 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed - Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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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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Lovely way to spend an hour or so

A lovely walk through the woods and along the river. We had very limited time so only took the main path. Too bad about the drought. Bet is is luscious after some decent rain.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Deb W
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Pinehurst, North Carolina
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Pinehurst, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A lovely walk through the woods and along the river. We had very limited time so only took the main path. Too bad about the drought. Bet is is luscious after some decent rain.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Teachers were offered a free visit to the canopy experience and we had a wonderful time! We were excited to have this opportunity to go and have fun on the rope course and zip lines! Thank you for a safe and fun workout with family and friends!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's close to downtown, and scenic, while not being a difficult hike. If you're looking for a challenging trail, this isn't it. But if you want a nice walk along the river and forest for an hour or two you can't go wrong.

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Muncie, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to Knoxville to spend my birthday with my grandchildren and was looking at trip advisor "Things to do " This was 3rd on the list. We had a picnic, then went hiking along the river. My grandchildren are 3&4 years old and had a blast. They also liked the exhibits in the visitors center. It does not cost anything... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I grew up just a few miles down the road in the 70s and 80s when this area was nothing but an old quarry. Wow have they been busy. We ride our mountain bikes here now. Hiking, bike riding, nature center, kayaking, swimming and more. We love it. Beautiful place!

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1 Thank timko68
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I just love this place. There is something to do for all ages. They have tons of walking or bike riding trails. Nature is all around you. You have to experience this for yourself to truly appreciate all there is to do.

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1 Thank Donna H
Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of trails.Lot to see.Lot of history in this area.Has quarry 200 foot deep with water. and it,s free.

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1 Thank debbi s
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a hidden gem in Knoxville! If you like to hike, bike, walk, take pictures, kayaking, canoeing, or just getting out and enjoy nature then please do yourself a favor and come here. Peaceful and beautiful. Great for kids, family outings or romantic walks.

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Lancaster, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a nice little gem I found by chance. A great place to escape for a moment of peace. Not too crowded during my visit, however, my visit was during the week. Nice trails through the woods and along the river.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The nature trails were nice but the people of Knoxville and their incessant chatter drove off all the wildlife.

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