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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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9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Tue 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Great fun outdoors

I love Ijams. There are multiple trails to hike, suitable for families and also for those seeking more of a challenge. In the summer you can rent kayaks to use in the quarry, or... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I love Ijams. There are multiple trails to hike, suitable for families and also for those seeking more of a challenge. In the summer you can rent kayaks to use in the quarry, or bring your own. You can also bike ride. The nature center has several neat exhibits for the kids, and there are always events happening. Overall, a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Family of 7. Rented two canoes and a kayak. Safety vests provided. No snakes or Gators here. (I'm from Florida ) Canoes were $12 an hour. Swimming is Free. Bring a packed lunch as there are picnic tables and bathrooms. Bring extra towels a swimsuit, bottled water, sunglasses and those beach shoes that are good for wet rocky surfaces. Don't... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Ijams is a great place for a walk in the woods, on the river,or over in the quarry to fish or rent a canoe.No swimming allowed, due to protected animal species, but it still a nice thing.I take my dog so you will see dogs on the trails.Everyone is pretty good about the waste and there is leashes required but... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Weather was great and the trail was easy to follow. People were helpful along the path as well. Bring a camera for photos with great scenary.

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Thank Chaz T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Ijams Nature Center can be whatever a hiker wants it to be: leisurely, fast paced, strenuous. Discover nature, be it flora or fauna. Pause to let the river rush by. Converse with knowledgable staff in the nature center. Enjoy a picnic with scenic views.

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Thank Charles J
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Lots of areas to walk and enjoy scenery, wildlife, and birds. Parking can be a little tight on busy days, but you are there to walk anyway, right? Family friendly atmosphere and usually some special activities on weekends once or twice a month.

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Thank Barrington N
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Hiking at ijams is a blast you never know what you will see . It's a very beautiful place.love the sunflowers they plant every year just beautiful..

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Thank Jimmy F
Knoxville, TN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We have visited the Ijam's Nature Center several times over the past few years. When my children were a little younger it afforded us the opprtunity to see nature up close and personal. It inspired our love of plants and thus began a family passion for helping our pollenators, by planting specific outdoor plants which attract bees, hummingbirds and butterflies.... More 

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Thank InstantEscape
Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Love this place , great value for your dollar, many things to see from birds, insects, butterflies, hummingbirds, just an excellent way to spend time both inside and outdoors. Definitely a must visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Everyone loves Ijams just minutes from the busy downtown area of Knoxville. This is a wonderful place to unwind and relax. Either hike along the water way and cliff lines, play with the kids in the kids area or in an open field, walk to the rock Corry and rent a kayak or a paddle board while it's in season.... More 

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