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Ijams Nature Center

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Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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wonderful place

Great place to walk and enjoy nature. Lots of well maintained trails, cute nature center ,pets... read more

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AnnaMarie N
Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

Walking and bicycle trails are here. The river walk was our favorite. Watching the river flow past... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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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 yesterday

Great place to walk and enjoy nature. Lots of well maintained trails, cute nature center ,pets allowed on leash

Thank AnnaMarie N
Reviewed 5 days ago

Walking and bicycle trails are here. The river walk was our favorite. Watching the river flow past, you can see the fish swimming.

Thank GlobeTrotting201009
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Would love to return with swim trunks and pull up to jump into the Quarry! Easy hikes all around and the river boardwalk was awesome to see!

Thank Mark S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ijams is a free park with a beautiful river walk, rescued wildlife, a rope course ($), and the occasional festival. They have rescued animals and birds that they care for and use to educate children with a mini info area and gift shop with local...More

Thank Erica G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The nature center has wonderful walking trails, beautiful views and is very dog friendly. The trails are well marked and the gift shop staff was very helpful. I would definitely recommend purchasing the map. Give a good overview of all the trails.

Thank Cathy C
Reviewed September 16, 2018 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 September 12, 2018

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 September 8, 2018 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 September 5, 2018

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 September 4, 2018 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
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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