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“Urban Wilderness”

Ijams Nature Center
Ranked #3 of 191 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!
Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
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57 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Urban Wilderness”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

I love Ijams Nature Center for its' proximity to my home and the activities it offers. They have long had biking/hiking trails but now offer bike rentals and canoe rentals. Plus, they offer a wide range of activities for children and special events throughout the year; especially educational relative to the environment.

Visited November 2012
1 Thank Patricia S
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Nashville, Tennessee
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“Amazing and in the middle of Knoxville”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

I have a few hours to kill while in Knoxville and found a couple of reference to this on the web. It was really amazing as I was walking through the park how close to downtown Knoxville I was.

The staff was very friendly and gave me a nice overview of the trail system including a few tidbits not on the web site.

The trails are interconnected so you can literally do anything from less than a mile to several miles depending on how you splice the trails together. If you don’t want to hike there are a number of other activities on offer but I really cannot address those.

Visited November 2012
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“Take the family or take the dog”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Great place to bring the family, the dog or even just yourself if you need a place to go for the day. Beautiful colors during the fall....so make sure to bring your camera!

Visited October 2012
Thank kalilama
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Knoxville Tennessee
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105 reviews
55 attraction reviews
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“Nature Up Close, Explained by Those Who Know”
Reviewed October 26, 2012

Ijams has numerous events of interest to us - hummingbird bandings, owl prowls, wildflower walks, etc. Great indoor displays that are well kept up. Lyn Bales is the naturalist who writes a blog regularly with literary references, his color photos, and a sharp view on most everything in nature. Paul James is the executive director who has numerous projects like passenger pigeons. The recent addition of Ross' Quarry is a must see. Some events have a fee, free usually for those with a membership which we do.

Visited October 2012
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Cumming, Georgia
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“Nature on display -- and to enjoy”
Reviewed October 19, 2012

Just a two-mile bike ride from the World's Fair Park area. A nice respite among beautiful natural habitat.

Birding, eco friendly displays, great stuff for kids, quarry, hiking, walking, biking, canoeing -- all great stuff!

Visited October 2012
Thank rytr
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