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“Beautiful place to get lost!”

Ijams Nature Center
Ranked #3 of 202 things to do in Knoxville
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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. THE GROUNDS AND TRAILS ARE OPEN EVERY DAY FROM 8:00 AM UNTIL DUSK. The Visitor Center, including exhibits, gift shop, offices and restrooms are open during the following times: Regular Visitor Center hours: Monday – Saturday: 9 am to 5 pm Sunday: 11 am to 5 pm Admission: Free. However, we will gladly accept and be grateful for cash donations, especially in U.S. currency. Seriously though, Ijams is a nonprofit organization, supported in part by the City of Knoxville, grants, program fees and the generosity of its members and visitors. If you enjoy your visit please support us. Ijams is Dog Friendly! By all means bring your favorite pooch. There is even a Pet Welcome Station near the Visitor Center, including leash holders and a doggy water fountain. For everyone’s enjoyment, we just ask that all pets keep their owners leashed at all times. Due to state and federal regulations that allow us to care for our exhibit hall creatures, pets are not allowed in the Visitor Center. Restrooms: Restrooms are available in the Ijams Visitor Center during normal operating hours and at the Ijams Homesite and the quarry from 8:00 am until park closure. 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!
Reviewed September 25, 2012

Ijams is a perfect place to go and hang out. There are tons of trails some of which are paved. It is crazy that this place is just out of the heart of donwtown but seems like you out there deep in the woods. Very nice place to visit as seem to always have guided walks and events going on.

Thank Shorty74
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

This is such a Knoxville gem...perfect location..so close to the downtown.quiet at the same time...scenic..and splendid.you can bike,canoe,walk or just sit and admire the great outdoors.Another reason to love Knoxville.

Thank kibura
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Reviewed August 24, 2012

Ijams is a real nice place to get outside and hike in a secluded place near the city. It is just a few miles from the city, but feels very isolated. Great place to hike, bike, or kayak.

Thank David R
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Reviewed August 15, 2012

Lovely area for hiking, looking at wild life exhibits, or to have a party in an outside space. Refreshing place to spend a few hours any day of the week.

Thank Ddavislaw
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Reviewed August 10, 2012

Our family had driven by the Nature Center and had never been inside; we finally planned an outing there and just were blessed at what we were able to see: lush, forested/wooded trails (some paved and some unpaved) and scenery at the boardwalk that was breathtakingly beautiful...especially after a huge thunderstorm passed over us! We hid in a cave-like area for shelter and ran through the rain after the lightening show passed us AND tstill had a magnificent time! Clearly the beauty of this great natural setting is popular with anyone who enjoys the outdoors for good reason. :-)

We started at the visitors center and immediately were drawn to the lily pond in front of it. It boasted numerous small toads, dragonflies and delightful leaps of these toads/frogs happily on pretty lily pads. Amazing how comfortable with visitors and naturally camaflouged themselves into their environment! We then ventured onto the universal trail (paved) and found ourselves on the Beech Trail which led us to the Geologic Fold (actual rock formations that look like they are tucked in like a set of towels). Very cool! We were on a scenic tower which gaves us a wonderful view of the water around us and finally we made our way to the boardwalk on the Riverwalk Trail...breathtakingly beautiful to peer out over the water after a huge, violent thunderstorm! Front row seats to God's amazing might and strength and His ability to calm the storms after. We are definitely going to return again and again to this beautiful area. We give it 5 stars! Very doable for family afternoon. It was like a little escape and being in another world for an afternoon! :-)

Thank BlessedMama7644
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