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Ijams Nature Center

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2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920-2738
+1 865-577-4717
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Great short hikes

This was a really cool nature center. Lots of short hikes. We did several of the short hikes, but... read more

Reviewed yesterday
robtho
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Perfect hike

I love visiting Ijams Nature Center when I am in Knoxville. Just across the river from the hustle... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Montie S
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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 8:00am until dusk. The Visitor Center, including exhibits, gift shop, offices, and restrooms are open during the following times- Regular Visitor Center hours: Monday – Saturday: 9 am to 5 pm Sunday: 11 am to 5 pm Admission to the park is free, but we gladly accept donations. Fees for programs and special events vary. 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 2016 Certificate of Excellence as well. Your generous support is needed to continue the ongoing legacy for generations to come!
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good25%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“hiking trails” (21 reviews)
“the river walk” (23 reviews)
“great trails” (17 reviews)
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2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920-2738
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"hiking trails"
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"the river walk"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This was a really cool nature center. Lots of short hikes. We did several of the short hikes, but my favorite was the river trail. Not sure how long it was probably about a mile loop. It goes down to the river with some amazing...More

Thank robtho
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I love visiting Ijams Nature Center when I am in Knoxville. Just across the river from the hustle and bustle of the University of Tennessee and downtown action, it is an oasis. There are great trails that take you through the woods and along the...More

Thank Montie S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First time here a few days ago, but it was nice to just see what the area was about. It gave a different view on the way here of Knoxville. We took the trail(s) to the boardwalk. It was pretty long to an extent. But...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I don't have words to describe how a exciting this adventure was! You MUST try it to believe it! Ninja Warrior and Zip Lining, what could be better than that??!!!

2  Thank Ro B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you’re a nature lover and like a little walk it’s the place to go. It’s well signed but they sell a little map for a dollar at the information center where the staff is really nice

Thank Lauren v
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You can spend a lot of time here. There are many trails, some, like the North Cove trail, takes you along the banks of the Tennessee River and the views there are amazing. Plus, it’s all free. The nature center is a great site for...More

Thank Bruce W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The trial wasn't paved and I would advise that you wear shoes. My wife stubbed her toe on a tree root. There were many on the trail. The rock formations were interesting and the boardwalk allowed you to see the river up close. You also...More

Thank Maypo20
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very inviting and enjoyable. Saw snakes, fish, birds, lizards and caves. Pleasant stroll by the river and through the woods. No fee, but except donations.

1  Thank lccook100
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Love it you can get lost there for hours and have the best time with family and friends .From swimming to hiking riding bikes and walking everyone can do something. It’s easy to find something to do there and wheelchair friendly.

2  Thank Megan H
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Reviewed May 1, 2018 via mobile

This is a great place to take the kids, dog, or really anyone for a little time in nature. They offer hiking trails, play grounds, paddle boarding, and swimming (in a separate park) they also have many events that they put on there. One of...More

3  Thank Mattie M
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madkin13
April 29, 2018|
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Response from Scott S | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Leashed dogs are allowed
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katerob30
November 12, 2017|
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Response from macdaddydan40 | Reviewed this property |
Technically, in the Fall and Winter the park closes at 5. You might be able to hang out longer but it’s not really an area that I would feel safe being after dark. Don’t get me wrong, the Park is not high crime, but is is... More
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Fitisit57
August 18, 2017|
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Response from MaizeBlueVA | Reviewed this property |
The Visitors' Center is a an interesting museum and information type of place to visit. It's not large but it is certainly worth an hour of you time to take a look things as well as the views of the Tennessee River and the... More
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