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Ijams Nature Center

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This is a great place for first time kayakers. You can rent kayaks for a couple of hours. It is a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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WOW! Very nice!

This place is did not disappoint! We were just day trekking along on a road trip and found this... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lexington, Kentucky
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  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
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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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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great place for first time kayakers. You can rent kayaks for a couple of hours. It is a great place to enjoy day hikes through the park. They also show movies on certain dates.

Thank justice70
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is did not disappoint! We were just day trekking along on a road trip and found this place by accident. The pics from this site drew us right in! We stopped at the info desk, the lady was incredibly nice and helpful. BUY...More

1  Thank sunflowwer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Be sure to buy a map $1, the only thing we didn’t like it was activities and trials were not easy to find. Great for families with kids/ teenagers. A lot of activities for all ages.

Thank Pillitiquis
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were passing through Knoxville and found this great spot for paddleboarding. The Meads Quarry, part of the Ijams Nature Center, is unique and peaceful. There is a swimming area and paddleboard & kayak rentals. For $12/hour, we rented paddleboard and leisurely paddled around. They...More

1  Thank goSKEETERPOPgo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ijams is a great place to hike, bike, swim, kayak, and paddle board. It is dog friendly and has paths for all ages and skill levels. You forget that you are even close to downtown.

1  Thank Eclecticannie2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What’s there not to totally love here?! The trails are varied and the scenery always beautiful, other walkers and dogs seem generally in happy spirits, the parking is ample and the clear quarry is perfect as a cool, refreshing spot to stop. Of course there...More

2  Thank Knoxville37920
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did a nice walk with family and friends. My favorite was the natural playgrounds and the Teenie playhouse! The kids loved getting in the lake. It was so beautiful with all the different colored kayaks and things on the water. Beautiful scenery. Nice, information...More

Thank Amy B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Biked, paddled, swam and hike. I love bringing out of town guests here. We had a bike issue and it was so convenient to be able to rent a wonderful bike.

Thank Ecolaw
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ijams is an awesome nature center located just south of downtown Knoxville and a great place to get outside. They have an indoor center, hiking trails around the water, and a quarry with crystal clear water that is a popular attraction for the locals and...More

Thank Sherpa605748
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a great find! The trail along the water was phenomenal. I had my daughter with me and her sister. It was a fun time had by all.

Thank Lane B
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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 Scott S | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Leashed dogs are allowed