Ijams Nature Center

Ijams Nature Center, Knoxville: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Ijams Nature Center Reviews: 4.5/5

Ijams Nature Center
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 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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Taylor B
Chicago, IL7,211 contributions
Just a few minutes from downtown Knoxville
Sep 2021
Ijams Nature Center is Knoxville, Tennessee's very own wildlife sanctuary, a recreational and cultural and historic preservation initiative that incorporates 1,000 forested acres along the Tennessee River and is located only minutes from downtown Knoxville. Located at 2915 Island Home Avenue, it is open from 10 to 6 daily and features over 10 miles of multi-use trails, 10 parks, four Civil War sites, spectacular views, wetlands and rock formations, plus bike and canoe and kayak rentals on the Tennessee River at Goose Neck Shoals and Otter Island and the abandoned 104-acre Ross Marble Quarry that boasts miles of natural walking and biking trails and a go-to destination for fishermen. Ijams Nature Center, part of the Knoxville Urban Wilderness, offers something for everyone, including a museum store with exhibits, rock climbing routes for beginners and experts, an abundance of wildlife and birds. Along the trails, if you're observant, you might spot caves hidden deep in the rocks or the history Stanton cemetery. No, I didn't climb to any of the scenic overlooks. The newest addition to Ijams Nature Center is Navitat Canopy Adventures, a tree-based zipline adventure park designed to thrill, educate and inspire with 60 adventure elements from ziplines and bridges to swings, nets and elevated tunnels. No, I didn't experience this adventure but fun-loving youngsters described it as a "treetop wonderland full of surprises." And it's only minutes from downtown Knoxville.
Written September 8, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

FranFromFlushing
Flushing, NY445 contributions
Oh what fun!
Aug 2021
IJams Navitat Nature Adventure-A family-friendly adventure for teens and young adults.

There are a few courses ranging from easy to difficult. After training you can enjoy the courses at your own pace and you can repeat the same course or different courses at your own preferred level of difficulty.

A fantastic way to spend an afternoon. Expect to stay two to up to five hours. The staff is well trained and very patient. Libby was our guide and she was great!
Written August 7, 2021
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rob77ohio
Vero Beach, FL269 contributions
The kayaking here was fun!
Jun 2021
We kayaked here in the lake, and it was a cooling experience on a hot day. We also hiked down to the river through the shady woods. This was a great place to be outdoors.
Written June 29, 2021
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Denise O
Murrieta, California14 contributions
Great place to spend the day!
May 2021
What an amazing park! So many paths and things to see. Beautiful setting with water views as well!! Really enjoyed our time and will be back often!!
Written May 31, 2021
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Megan S
Green Bay, WI8 contributions
Great place to hike
Mar 2021 • Family
Dogs welcome! Great place to hike with young children and dogs. Very pretty landscape, including a lake.
Written May 23, 2021
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Elysha H
Fairvilla, FL13 contributions
Great Tennessee
May 2021 • Couples
This was an amazing park. Free but a lot of stuff to see. You can participate in zip lining for a price. Had a great time would love to go back when I have more time to explore.
Written May 9, 2021
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CleopatraBunny
Flagstaff, AZ1,557 contributions
So close to town yet worlds away
May 2021 • Couples
The free nature center (pronounced “iyms“ like the pet food) has numerous walking paths, some dedicated to hikers and others that share with bikes. A couple are paved but wear hiking shoes for the muddy bits on the popular Tower Trail with the river boardwalk and the trail to the Keyhole (highlight of this path!) at the Ross marble quarry. None of the walks are long (less than a mile), and there is decent free parking and restrooms. Signage was good on trails. The marble rock quarry stairs can be slippery after a rain so tread carefully. Well worth a couple hours!
Written May 5, 2021
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dogger33
West Chester, OH19 contributions
nice easy hiking and easy to get to
Apr 2021
always looking for hiking for the family vacations. this was on the top to do lists in Knoxville. It was nice but not overly difficult. parts of the path were shut down. shaded in most parts.
Written April 10, 2021
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phrogphile
Albuquerque, NM139 contributions
Beautiful Walks
Apr 2021
After all times I've come to Knoxville I was unaware of this beautiful nature area on the river. The paths provide different levels of challenge and are clearly marked.
Written April 10, 2021
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dbauman
Lenoir City, TN175 contributions
Overrated, pathetic trail signage
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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