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Ijams Nature Center

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Address: 2915 Island Home Ave., Knoxville, TN 37920-2738
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+1 865-577-4717
11:00 - 17:00
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Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

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.


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!

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Climb and zip along the Navitat Adventure Elements and Ziplines

Lots of fun and a real workout on the tree based elements for you to conquer, and a few ziplines thrown in too.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Bill H
Knoxville, Tennessee
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Lots of fun and a real workout on the tree based elements for you to conquer, and a few ziplines thrown in too.

1 Thank Bill H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Local Belle Barre Yoga instructors teach SUP yoga at Ijams - you can sign up for the classes online. Classes are beginner-friendly and the instructors are great and do not make you feel like a newbie. SUP classes take place on Mead's Quarry... Ijams is a beautiful place to take these classes, hike, or walk a pet.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

It was a bit slippery but totally worth it. The snow just added to the gorgeous landscape and views. Definitely worth a trip. The river boardwalk is very beautiful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We picked up a map from the Visitor Centre - the staff were very helpful - and we took one of the popular routes. It was a lovely day which enhanced the experience but the trails, the board walks and the lake were a pleasure. Highly recommend a visit - you will be sure to get some lovely photos.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Trails, river walk, visitor center, wildflowers, old water-filled quarry, canoe rides, bike trails, special events and more. Highly recommend during the spring!

1 Thank NatureChaser
Seymour, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I started running at Ijams last spring, in preparation for the XTerra Half Marathon. My first time there, three miles onto a trail, I was bothered by a creepy guy who "wanted to talk" to me. Two days later, I saw on the news that a woman was attacked on one of the trails. All of this nearly put me... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

Close to downtown Knoxville, we wnet to the Nature Center and checked that out first. Not knowing what kind of path we would get on - we asked lots of questions. The hike was amazing. Not hard at all. Very windy, and pretty. The Boardwalk was breathtaking.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

Ijams is a beautiful nature center about 20 minutes outside of Knoxville. It's a great place for a run with or without furry friends. If you are an adventurous soul be sure to visit The Bluffs in the summer and try cliff jumping.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

A jewel. great trails, well groomed and maintained for walking in communing with nature. Don't miss the riverwalk, including the boardwalk. Read the signs about the geology and formations. Suggestion walk it counterclockwise to go DOWN the steep steps, instead of climbing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Ijams Nature Center is a wonderful place for families, couples and the adventure minded. Beautiful trails wind through the grounds and along the river. Mountain biking trails offer opportunities for the novice and seasoned bike rider. The quarry is a beautiful oasis where you can paddle boat and kayak. So much to see and do in the beauty of nature!

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