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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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Neat little park and trails

The best thing about this was that it was free, part of the trail system was closed and the quarry... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Erik S
Asheville, North Carolina
Great Nature Preserve close to downtown

For a first-time visitor to Knoxville, not sure what to see or do, what a pleasant surprise this... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Jerry G
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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” (20 reviews)
“the river walk” (22 reviews)
“great place” (59 reviews)
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2915 Island Home Ave., Knoxville, TN 37920-2738
+1 865-577-4717
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The best thing about this was that it was free, part of the trail system was closed and the quarry area was questionable. But if your into walking and hiking, you will be entertained and busy.

Thank Erik S
Reviewed 5 days ago

For a first-time visitor to Knoxville, not sure what to see or do, what a pleasant surprise this place was! There are lots of not-too-difficult trails through the woods and hills and along the river, particularly focused on birds. (The Ijams were ornithologists.) There are...More

Thank Jerry G
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I'm not huge on hiking trails frequently but the quarry & river trails are my favorite places to visit. Many people bring paddleboards or canoes. I believe they even have canoes/kayaks for rent. The sunflower fields are also a hidden gem and amazing to visit...More

Thank Keidre S
Reviewed 1 week ago

There is a visitors center here and plenty of different trails for hiking and biking. At the quarry, there is a lake with canoes and kayaks for rent. Yee Haw was also selling craft beers. Both of these activities opened at noon the day we...More

1  Thank jlcarter1975
Reviewed 1 week ago

Spring-Summer-Winter or Fall this is the place to go to experience the outdoors with your family or find solitude in the city. Suitable for Family groups and children of all ages - babies in snuggly, young or old romantics out for a walk in the...More

Thank Linda G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went here with a group of children. It was a great very educational for myself and the kids. Our guide was very knowledgeable and patient.

1  Thank Alison L
Reviewed 1 week ago

LOVED going out here on my recent work trip to Knoxville, Tennessee. The area is a nice drive towards Knoxville and nestled in beautiful surroundings of trees, water and animals. The trails are very walkable and enjoyable and family and dog friendly. Best part? Freeeee!...More

Thank jaismith5
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beatiful in the fall with the leaves changing color and reflecting off the water great nature date place

Thank macgpreble1
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful trails that go to the river and the boardwalk. Climbed the rock stairs and enjoyed watching kids playing on the rope coarse. Very nice visitor center with lots of nature info.

Thank Jane T
Reviewed 1 week ago

All I can say is, " well done Knoxville"! His is an amazing nature preserve. There are a few miles of well maintained trails here and some very nice gardens. There is a focus on education here.

Thank SaunteringGuy
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13 November 2017|
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Response from Ms.LoveTravel | Reviewed this property |
Park closure is when the park center closes and the Fall hours is closure at 5PM. Not an area where you would want to hang after dark anyway. Park does not have artificial lighting or street lights.
19 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
23 July 2017|
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Response from Wayne J | Reviewed this property |
Swimming at quarry, not sure about beer.