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Ijams Nature Center

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Address: 2915 Island Home Ave., Knoxville, TN
Phone Number: +1 865-577-4717
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9:00 am - 5:00 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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This is a great place to go for a low budget family break.

This place is quirky...to say the least. If you live nearby it is a fine place to get away without spending a pile of money. No admission...walk around and take some pictures...a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Maryville, Tennessee
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Maryville, Tennessee
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48 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place is quirky...to say the least. If you live nearby it is a fine place to get away without spending a pile of money. No admission...walk around and take some pictures...a free adventure.

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Thank AEP97
West Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
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124 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Open from 7am-9pm most days, with outdoor activities available for any age. Lots of exploring to be had for anyone.

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Thank ThatSeventiesGuy
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

they have some great walking, running and mountain biking trails. they just one a contest to install some downhill trails... this will be a great addition.

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Thank Keith B
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30 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed the small visitor center - learning about area animals. Unfortunately, we missed a wildlife talk that was going to happen later. The trail map was affordable and the trails were lovely. We appreciated they were pet friendly! Much of one trails parallels the water on a lovely boardwalk. The children's playground was unique and fun even for our... More 

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Thank Tiffany F
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is great for adventurers, sightseers, and families. It's got well laid out trails of various difficulties as well as tons of new learning opportunities. Check it out!

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1 Thank Nicole Y
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17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Best place to hike at city. Ijams has a lot things to do for all ages. If you want kayaking or paddle board at quite beautiful place Ijams is the correct one. Also is perfect for mountain bikes!! The quarry area is beautiful. My favorite is the wood way close to the river. Ijams usually has a lot activities for... More 

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1 Thank Iris D
Clarksville, Tennessee
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice nature center, indoor, room to move about, educational exhibits. Not too large so can be toured in a shorter period of time.

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Vila Velha, ES
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81 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went there for a hiking and it was great. It is kinda big and I didn't find any maps to help me find out where to go but, in the end, it was fun. It has beautiful views from the lake.

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1 Thank EstelaAltoe
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited Ijams when my sister cam to visit in the summer of 2015. We rented a couple of kayaks and a paddle board. The staff was friendly and the water was great!! Highly recommend for an afternoon of fun during the warmer months!!

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I walk the trails when I can. The area takes by troubles away and makes me calm! Make sure you have good walking shoes and a walking stick of some sort in case of uneven ground.

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