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Ijams Nature Center

#3 of 197 things to do in Knoxville Features Animals
2915 Island Home Ave., Knoxville, TN 37920-2738
+1 865-577-4717
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Awesome place

We did the Riverwalk trail, it was about 1.75 miles total on our route. You start at the top of a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Hershey, Pennsylvania
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Lovely special place!

Ijams is a jewel in Knoxville's outdoor scene! Great walking trails, fabulous staff, and family... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Knoxville, Tennessee
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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!
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2915 Island Home Ave., Knoxville, TN 37920-2738
+1 865-577-4717
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did the Riverwalk trail, it was about 1.75 miles total on our route. You start at the top of a small mountain and walk down a winding path to the rivers edge. There you walk along a wooden boardwalk and past cave entrances that...More

1  Thank IslandGirlTraveler
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ijams is a jewel in Knoxville's outdoor scene! Great walking trails, fabulous staff, and family friendly environment.

Thank pattyf42
Reviewed 1 week ago

...when you are trying to Google directions. This day I went paddle boarding with my daughter in the rock quarry. The mountain biking is outstanding and the nature center has something for everyone, even a place for outdoor weddings.

Thank 900miler
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great gift shop. Good place to check in for trail maps. As a family we went to swim in the gorge. Not the best spot for small children, but for older kids who can swim or don't mind using a life preserver without touching bottom,...More

Thank Cathy C
Reviewed 1 week ago

We paddleboarded/kayaked at Ijams on the quarry just up the road from the main entrance. It was wonderful, if a little small. Great way to stay cool on a hot day, and so convenient!

Thank Julia J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lots of hiking trails, a couple of bike trails, & wonderful scenery. Some trails go along Tennessee River. Bikes & boats can be rented. Picnic tables are available as well. Always have a good time with my boys when we go.

Thank M6871ORtomw
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Walkable trails, Navitat ropes course, a quarry, and riverwalk all within a short distance from downtown Knoxville.

Thank linda r
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went here for a music festival last year and this is truly a neat place. They have beautiful hiking trails and this is a great place to unplug from the stresses of daily life.

Thank brittany655
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is just a fantastic place. They offer classes on natur and wildlife, or you can hike one of they're many trails. A leisurely walk is also nice. Plenty of beautiful scenery.

1  Thank Judith G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a surprise. The nature preserve is outstanding and it is free. There are a number of trails and an easy walk of a mile. There is a large quarry where you can swim or canoe. Very pretty. We had an extra surprise as...More

2  Thank 747bobn
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22 July 2017|
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Response from MaizeBlueVA | Reviewed this property |
See the response of Cathy C to this query. She says go to the quarry for swimming and beer.
melissa c
30 May 2017|
Response from Sarah B | Property representative |
Thank you for asking about our canoe rentals. Usually we have boat rentals continuing down at the quarry until around Labor Day and then we start cutting back hours until it gets too cold to rent boats out anymore, so you... More
Tim & Angela B
27 May 2017|
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Response from Sarah B | Property representative |
Thank you for inquiring about our trails at Ijams. We have over 12 miles of trails on the property--all of which are rated pretty moderate in comparison to other regional trail systems. If you want to stay away from those... More