Ijams Nature Center
Ijams Nature Center
4.5
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
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 regular business hours. Admission to the park is free, and we gladly accept donations. Fees for programs and special events vary. Established in 1910 by the Ijams (pronounced "EYE-ams") family for bird-watchers and nature-lovers, Ijams Nature Center has been ranked one of Knoxville's top three attractions by TripAdvisor, winning their 2016 Certificate of Excellence . Your generous support is needed to continue the ongoing legacy for generations to come!
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4.5
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A2coolcity
Fishers, IN1,017 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
We had great expectations for this Nature adventure. We believed it would be a fun, educational and entertaining experience. Unfortunately, we were greatly disappointed and saddened.
This nature center is in serious decline. The buildings, displays and trails are deteriorating and showing signs of neglect with no sign of attempted repairs.

I believe they need to revise their mission and seriously consider a complete shutdown to allow time for a total update and possibly change their mission to charge admission fees.

Either they are out of funds (due to no admission fees / donations only) OR - current board is mismanaging what assets they do have.

It is my opinion the eroded condition of this facility would be a great DISAPPOINTMENT for the original mission of the IJAM family: “To encourage stewardship of the natural world by providing an urban greenspace for people to learn about and enjoy the outdoors through engaging experiences.”
Written May 13, 2022
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Robby M
LaVale, MD224 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
We drove out from Gatlinburg to see some of the sights here, as we had seen some of the beautiful pictures and new they had trails. The visitors center was closed, because we got there in the late afternoon, so I can't comment on that. We decided to walk the trails and go down to the river walk. I was really hoping for something a little more beautiful. We didn't see any wildlife in the woods or along the river (Which was muddy from all the rain - but that's not their fault). It was just a typical mountain trail, and honestly, the hiking we did in the Smokies was much more beautiful. We got down to the river walk, but after walking a good way, discovered that it was closed due to a mudslide and had to turn all the way around and go back the same way to the parking lot. Note that the trail down is a vigorous and steep hike. I'm thinking this may just not have been a good time/day to go, so I would come back and try it again at another time.
Written July 2, 2020
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Tracey
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
All of it! The lady at the Information Center (don't recall her name) was so knowledgeable and helpful to us as first time attendees at Ijams. We walked the trails, went down to the River, the Quarry--disappointed the beer sales were shut down for now and the tree top adventure park. The girl at the tree top adventure was very good at explaining to us how it all works. We plan to return with our friends that live in KY to have their two teenagers for this experience. We have told others about this jam right here in Knoxville, TN! We loved it.
Written August 8, 2020
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Jessica
Des Moines, IA55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Friends
We visited some friends who now live in the area and explored some of Ijams they hadn’t yet explored. The Nature Center has a great layout and its easy to find your way around to the different trails.

They have hiking, mountain biking, and are dog-friendly. There was a food truck set up by a few of the hikes when we were out there as well.

The ONLY disappointment we had was that one of the trails was closed due to some mudslides from all of their recent rain. However, it was very clearly marked so there was no way to get out on the trail without realizing it was closed, which saved those that didn’t want to do JUST part of the hike from having to do so.
Written October 4, 2020
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Karmen B
Farragut, TN4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
The trails here are endless. We took our pup so didn’t go into the visitor center but it seemed very well kept. Only downfall is the maps were a little confusing and I pulled one up from the website to make sure we were going where we wanted. Lots of water areas and places to stop for a break or picnic. Highly recommend to go in the morning. When we left at 10:30 am there was very little parking and someone was waiting for our spot.
Written July 12, 2020
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lovetravel2
897 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
This is awful. The trails are all grown up, no signs. You can't even tell where the trail starts or ends. The keyhole part of the park is neat. The supposed hard trace trail is not hard at all, unless you count traipsing through weeds. The staff is not friendly, they just sit and stare. The water is nothing I would swim in. There are lots of bugs, be sure to bring tons of spray. I would not recommend this. It has tendencies to be excellent, if someone gets to clearing the trails and clean it up.
Written August 21, 2023
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dbauman
Loudon, TN266 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
Although the property is gorgeous, the nature center building is rundown, filthy and overgrown. Gardens are packed fill of weeds. The signs along the trails are poor and very confusing if there are any at all. Easy to get lost without knowing how to find your way back. The long boardwalk trail along the water, all of a sudden just ends. You have to double back. You’d think they could warn you about that especially when if you’re somewhat disabled and find it difficult walking to begin with. But NOOOOOO!
I’d avoid this place and head to the Smoky’s. There’s far fewer people and considerably more beautiful!
Written April 7, 2021
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ctrussler
Westland, MI9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Loved walking to & on the riverwalk, but half was closed. Tried to go to the beer garden, but packed with kayak people & expensive beer - $11 so never had any. The gift shop was out of Ijams merchandise like postcards, etc that had Ijams on it.
Written September 10, 2020
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shelly g
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
The trails was amazing I went in to the visitor center and the lady inside helped me tremendously on deciding which trail to take. The weather was perfect for the trail and it was absolutely beautiful. I wish I would have had more time to take the other trails definitely will be going back next time I'm in Knoxville
Written August 23, 2020
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msalts
Columbus, OH93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Family
Ljams is a great park about 40 minutes from Pigeon Forge. Comprised of trails in a wooded area and a beautiful quarry across the street. The quarry is beautiful and has natural playgrounds made with rocks and trees alongside a quiet trail. Swimming is allowed in the quarry and I think you can rent kayaks. We visited during covid. Shelters and boats were closed but the trails were open and it was easy to socially distance.
The quarry trail is tough. We missed the sign that said it wasn’t for the faint of heart! Steep climbs through muddy trails, but it was doable (45 yr old and teens). We had a great time.
Written March 28, 2020
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  • Sun - Sun 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Mon - Fri 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM



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