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Ijams Nature Center

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Address: 2915 Island Home Ave., Knoxville, TN 37920-2738
Phone Number:
+1 865-577-4717
09:00 - 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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Absolutely beautiful

We visit Ijams several times a year. It's a great place to visit and enjoy nature and hike while in the city. Ijams offers many different trails with varying degrees of... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We visit Ijams several times a year. It's a great place to visit and enjoy nature and hike while in the city. Ijams offers many different trails with varying degrees of difficulty, and many other activities such as canoeing and bike rentals. Nature exhibits are in the main building and tours can be booked. It's a great place to connect... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

If you just came from world far park then you just made it to the second best park in my personal opinion. Except ijams is more bike, long distance walk, and adventure friendly. Here you can ride your bike on the long slopes down the hills, take a nice hike down the different paths, or simply have a picnic.

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Wonderful environment for a crafting/art show and sale. Plenty of space. Relaxed atmosphere. Love this area in any season.

Thank Leesa M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Love the walkways and the rivers. It is like you are one with nature! It is also pet-friendly which is wonderful!

Thank brads532
Knoxville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 1 week ago

my 9 y.o. daughter was afraid of trying out the zip lines at first, but the guides were great and made her feel safe and soon after her first zip, she was hooked -- even zipped along lines I was afraid to go on! The treetop adventures were a lot of fun and we'll be back!!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We started out with paddle boarding and kayaking in the quarry. So beautiful with the rock cliffs and greenery. Then we got some snacks and drinks at a stand and went for about a mile and a half hike around the quarry. It's a great workout. We stopped at the visitors center where they have an exhibit and gift shop-... More 

Thank Nicole W
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We wanted to walk, not hike, and we're told that the river walk would suit us. We didn't have a chance to experience any other part of the area as we only had a short time to visit.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Weather and forest fires kept our family of 8 children from the Smoky mountains as we passed through, so we stopped in at Ijams. It was so beautiful and felt like deeper woods even though it is right by the city. The waterfront and rock walls were beautiful! The visitor center was great for the young children to see the... More 

Thank Eric H
Knoxville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

IJAMS is a great nature preserve/reserve near downtown Knoxville. It's a wonderful place to explore with children, and we discover something new every time we go!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I took a picnic lunch to Ijams Nature Center. It's a beautiful green space just minutes from the city. Ijams has something for everyone. You can hike bike walk climb and paddle. You can rent bikes and canoes for the day. We stopped into the visitor center when we arrived for some info before we started exploring.... More 

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