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Ijams Nature Center

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Open Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Excellent place to bring the whole family! We had 3 years to 80 years old!

Beautiful place with limited parking. A nice visitor center with a clean small bath room. The gift... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
One of Knoxville’s best kept secrets

Not far from downtown Knoxville but you feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere great place for... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Knoxville, Tennessee
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good23%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“the river walk”(24 reviews)
“hiking trails”(22 reviews)
“great trails”(16 reviews)
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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed February 16, 2011

This is an amazing park. Although not a state or National park its a must see in Knoxville. From downtown is less than 10 minutes and has some amazing natural and not natural features. The main Ijams area (around the welcome center) is really nice...More

8  Thank mountaingoat0517
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed May 29, 2015

First of all, the website is vague and uninformative. The directions to find the place were not helpful and need updating. When I tried to find out if there was a charge, I could not. I had to call to find out. The website and...More

6  Thank James G
Sarah B, Guest Relations Manager at Ijams Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2015

James--We are sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your visit to Ijams and that you had trouble navigating the website. We hope that you will give us another try, esp now that the colors are amazing out at Ijams. And to make sure that...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Beautiful place with limited parking. A nice visitor center with a clean small bath room. The gift shop is NOT for kids! Keep little kids out of the gift shop! My 3 year old grabbed and broke something before we could catch her! Stay away!...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Not far from downtown Knoxville but you feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere great place for A hike or just a stroll great for kids although I have none and very educational and the new tree line Rope things is really awesome also...More

Thank thetoddd
Reviewed 1 week ago

I love this free nature preserve that is located just minutes from downtown Knoxville, TN, and think it has to be one of the best in the country. Hilly trails for hiking and biking biking of various skill levels are set on the banks overlooking...More

Thank Bobbie S
Reviewed 1 week ago

The nature center is very informative. They have interesting exhibits about nature in the area. The walk through the forest and along the river is really beautiful and easy to do. There was also zip lines available, but I found it too pricey. But if...More

Thank Sonny S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I attended a field trip to Ijams with my daughter and her class. The staff were very informative and the children seemed to really enjoy the field trip and interacting with the very knowledgable staff.

Thank Jen G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family and I love to take a trip and spend the day at Ijams and the surrounding area. So many trails and beautiful places to see. Very cool that it is so close to downtown but you would never know. I would definitely recommend...More

Thank wfinn72
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not too many people. Plenty of parking. Just beautiful and calm place to relax and enjoy the mirror lake view.

Thank chan c
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely place for a walk or a light hike. The quarry is also worth a visit. Not sure why I never visited when I actually lived in Knoxville!

Thank nidkirm
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was visiting in the Knoxville area & found this park. It's a beautiful park with a variety of things to do. The staff at the visitor's center were friendly & helpful. The area around the visitor center has a playground,bike rentals & a river...More

Thank Kriket1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place to walk and enjoy nature. Lots of well maintained trails, cute nature center ,pets allowed on leash

Thank AnnaMarie N
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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