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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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Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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It was well kept and beautiful! We enjoy every minute there! There is so many trails you would have to spend more then one day hiking them.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It was well kept and beautiful! We enjoy every minute there! There is so many trails you would have to spend more then one day hiking them.

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Thank Brittney K
Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A must see destination for anyone visiting Knoxville. It's beautiful trails are breath taking, and supply a relaxing and enjoyable experience for the whole family

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This beautiful area is just 10-15 min outside of downtown Knoxville. We have hiked several paths - along the water and through wooded areas. Very easy for kids. We have gone twice to do paddle boarding on the quarry. Great place for kids to learn how to paddle board - there are no currents there. We also have rented canoes... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

While on a trip to Knoxville with family, we visited the nature center and enjoyed a hike near the Tennessee River. The scenery was very nice from varied vistas. The hiking trail we walked was medium in difficulty and might be difficult for those with mobility issues. A nice option for an outside outing without traveling to the nearby Great... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 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 5 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks 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 3 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 3 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 4 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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