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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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Such a beautiful place!

Ijams provides many scenic views that have friends and I fall in love with Tennessee even more.I... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Cesia P
Lynchburg, Virginia
Hard to find but worth the hunt

great trails and urban biking.Helpful people in entrance. Knoxville is very lucky to have this gem... 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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“hiking trails” (19 reviews)
“the river walk” (21 reviews)
“trail map” (10 reviews)
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2915 Island Home Ave., Knoxville, TN 37920-2738
+1 865-577-4717
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Ijams provides many scenic views that have friends and I fall in love with Tennessee even more.I would highly recommend!

Thank Cesia P
Reviewed 1 week ago

great trails and urban biking.Helpful people in entrance. Knoxville is very lucky to have this gem within a short drive of downtown

Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is in Knoxville and is great for walks, bike rides, even water sports. You would never think Knoxville would have something like this. A good way to experience nature. The walk along the river is beautiful.

1  Thank Tina M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Close to downtown, this nature center is wonderful. Especially, the hiking trails to the river, even though the river walkway was under repair. The wooded trails were a delight for groups, including young children. See the quarry lake, and swim there on a hot day,...More

Thank dldmia
Reviewed 1 week ago

Really nice to have this park so close. My husband and I visit often for hikes of various lengths and biking access to the greenway and mountain bike trails. For the mountain bikers, Ijam's is part of the Knoxville Urban Wilderness which has miles of...More

1  Thank Susan_7654
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Take an hour out of your day and take a walk thru the trails at this lovely center. We just sat on a park bench and took a break.

Thank Nadine M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this location for the first time recently. We were very surprised at how well the trails were maintained and how many trails there were. There are canoe, kayak, and paddleboard rentals along one of the trails near the river in season. We will...More

Thank Steve C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I strolled the River Boardwalk and had a wonderful romantic date while also catching tons of Pikachu!

Thank transplantedcajuns
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very good and very informative and plenty of places for her to play. Very clean and heat and the attendance were very knowledgeable and helpful

Thank John B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great escape, and only a couple minutes out of downtown. Good for the whole family, or just a romantic date.

Thank David H
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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
22 July 2017|
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Response from Wayne J | Reviewed this property |
Swimming at quarry, not sure about 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