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Ijams Nature Center

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2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920-2738
+1 865-577-4717
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Great Trails with sites to see!

We walked the river trail & quarry trail to the keyhole. Loved the atmosphere and the beer stand at... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
gacayman
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North Georgia
Poorly Marked Trails and No Nature Markings

We visited Ijams Nature Center today and walked about 4 miles of their trails. However, we were... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
hsbvim
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Dublin, Ohio
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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 8:00am 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 to the park is free, but we gladly accept donations. Fees for programs and special events vary. Check our calendar of events at www.ijams.org for dates and pricing. 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 2016 Certificate of Excellence as well. Your generous support is needed to continue the ongoing legacy for generations to come!
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good25%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“hiking trails” (20 reviews)
“the river walk” (22 reviews)
“great trails” (16 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920-2738
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+1 865-577-4717
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"hiking trails"
in 20 reviews
"the river walk"
in 22 reviews
"great trails"
in 16 reviews
"quarry lake"
in 12 reviews
"trail map"
in 8 reviews
"welcome center"
in 8 reviews
"great place to hike"
in 7 reviews
"great outdoors"
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"maintained trails"
in 7 reviews
"rock formations"
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"close to town"
in 7 reviews
"paddle boarding"
in 16 reviews
"visitor center"
in 27 reviews
"outdoor experience"
in 8 reviews
"bike ride"
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"south knoxville"
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"picnic lunch"
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We walked the river trail & quarry trail to the keyhole. Loved the atmosphere and the beer stand at the lake.

Thank gacayman
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Ijams Nature Center today and walked about 4 miles of their trails. However, we were very disappointed when compared to other nature centers where we have hiked and viewed nature. The trail markings are abysmal. It is not at all uncommon to get...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'm not a nature type of person so I didn't care for it very much. The grounds are clean and huge. Others in the group enjoyed it more than me. Rating... good.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Late morning hike on the river walk trail. Beautiful trail with blooming flowers and hints of wildlife. We even spotted a snake sunbathing! Beautiful landscape of East TN.

Thank Lara U
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a nice hike on the trails and boardwalk but wasn't anything I'd drive any distance to do. We drove into Knoxville specifically for lunch and to hit the nature center. I think our day would have been spent better elsewhere. (Not to take...More

Thank mediumspw
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Has parking. Lots of nice hikes. Beautiful walk by the river. Little shop / kid's nature museum. Worth a look :)

Thank Ksmile2001
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ijams is great for all ages!! Trails are well maintained and the nature center is adorable. The children's play area is great for little ones. A must see place in Knoxville!

Thank Jennifer R
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely nature park with trails very near downtown Knoxville. Indigenous (non-releaseable animals) presented. No entry fee. Very inexpensive programs you can attend (check their online site for what is available).

Thank ArchibaldLeach007
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Reviewed 14 March 2018 via mobile

Visiting for the month we found this beautiful park on TA. We loved the beautiful river boardwalk trail surrounded by lush forest and rock formations. Our pup loved it also. Folks were very nice and it was very safe. The trails are good but could...More

Thank Lawrence J
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Reviewed 8 March 2018

Great trails, and activities!! Really enjoyed the ropes course, even did one course in the dark with the beautiful lights they have hung for night courses.

Thank dcmercer
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katerob30
12 November 2017|
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Response from macdaddydan40 | Reviewed this property |
Technically, in the Fall and Winter the park closes at 5. You might be able to hang out longer but it’s not really an area that I would feel safe being after dark. Don’t get me wrong, the Park is not high crime, but is is... More
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Fitisit57
18 August 2017|
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Response from MaizeBlueVA | Reviewed this property |
The Visitors' Center is a an interesting museum and information type of place to visit. It's not large but it is certainly worth an hour of you time to take a look things as well as the views of the Tennessee River and the... More
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stacysteinke4
22 July 2017|
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Response from Wayne J | Reviewed this property |
Swimming at quarry, not sure about beer.
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