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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 - 7:00 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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Good hikes for all ranges of hikers. Great for beginners and kids, also available hikes for long distance. Very cool place.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Caroline M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Good hikes for all ranges of hikers. Great for beginners and kids, also available hikes for long distance. Very cool place.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Ijams is a great place to go hike, bike(short trail), kayak, paddle board or just go for a walk. If you ever wanted to swim in a quarry this is your place. Note Probably a place you do not want to hike alone. I have never felt unsafe, but have always had a friend to go along.

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Belton, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was truly a back woods experience. I wouldn't consider myself a city girl, but I really thought this was quite the outdoorsy adventure. The paths were well kept.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a beautiful area in a secluded part of Knoxville. Many meadows, woods to walk through and explore. We attended a gathering in a rather small pavillon and then had a program in the Miller building. Several of us walked around a bit and saw walkways near the river and places with private paths and rustic seating. A really... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have visited Ijams nature center for many activities ranging from hiking, cycling, paddle boarding, kayaking or just hanging out to have a beer and people watch. This location also offers a small museum which explains a little bit about the local wildlife & a swimming area. The environment is always very relaxing..we love visiting!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome place, free to the public, my kids loved it, seen some great wildlife in the river, water snake, fish, and the pavilion was air conditioned. Which was nice considering it was a steamy 95deg that day. The river walk was fine for my 3year old. Did I mention it was free!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I ventured out to Ijams Nature Center last Sunday to see what was there and to scope out a place to take our grandson for nature interaction. The Nature Center looks terrific and will be a place to explore with him and any other grandchildren we are blessed to enjoy and nurture. The 1mi trail around the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The space has something for everyone. There are several trail for walking, lots of them are paved so they are perfect for strollers. They also have a zip line that looks like fun. There was ample parking. We saw a sign for a bike trail that leads to downtown.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Get away from it all and yet you are near downtown. Very relaxing and informative, walks cater to all ages and physical conditions. The inside is great for information and kids, took my granddaughter, and she loved it. Drop a donation to help keep this sanctuary available!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love Ijams. There are multiple trails to hike, suitable for families and also for those seeking more of a challenge. In the summer you can rent kayaks to use in the quarry, or bring your own. You can also bike ride. The nature center has several neat exhibits for the kids, and there are always events happening. Overall, a... More 

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