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Ijams Nature Center

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2915 Island Home Ave., Knoxville, TN 37920
+1 865-577-4717
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Great park on a gorgeous January day

72F sunny Knoxville day so decided to check IJams out with my mom and my Great Pyr,Tebow. We did... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Wilmington, Delaware
via mobile
Nice hike

We stopped here traveling for a car picnic and hike before continuing our drive. Ended up there for... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Vicki G
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Ijams Nature Center is a 315-acre member- and visitor-supported nonprofit organization, where people of all ages can hike, bike, paddle, climb, learn, explore, or simply enjoy nature in Knoxville, TN. The grounds and trails are open every day from 8:00am 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 to the park is free, but we gladly accept donations. Fees for programs and special events vary. Check our calendar of events at www.ijams.org for dates and pricing. 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 2016 Certificate of Excellence as well. Your generous support is needed to continue the ongoing legacy for generations to come!
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  • Very good25%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“hiking trails” (21 reviews)
“the river walk” (22 reviews)
“great trails” (15 reviews)
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2915 Island Home Ave., Knoxville, TN 37920
2915 Island Home Ave., Knoxville, TN 37920
+1 865-577-4717
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

72F sunny Knoxville day so decided to check IJams out with my mom and my Great Pyr,Tebow. We did the boardwalk trail along the Tennessee River. There is a kayak launching dock. I went down to take a picture with Tebow who promptly fell in...More

Thank mealybug
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped here traveling for a car picnic and hike before continuing our drive. Ended up there for over 2 hours. There are many trails . We picked the one that took us down by the river. The hike was hard for our youngest one,...More

1  Thank Vicki G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The quarry and surrounding woods have changed drastically in the last twenty years. Where is used to be a jungle overrun with juvenile delinquents, it's now a place where schoolchildren come for field trips, families come for picnics, and yuppies come to exercise. It's a...More

1  Thank AmyAppalachia
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Always love Ijams. Plenty to do here for the whole family. The kids love it. Great trails and nice riverwalk. Scenic views and wildlife. So convenient to downtown! Literally 5 minutes.

Thank Kevin W
Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived during some of the coldest weather the area had seen in a long time. However, it was my birthday, and this was number one on my list. So we hiked. We found the boardwalk on the Tennessee River to be well worth hiking...More

1  Thank D3723PSmichellem
Reviewed 1 week ago

Although very cold, walking along the boardwalk trail here was worthwhile. It is a nice short walk and glad to see that it is dog friendly, too. The visitor center has restrooms.

1  Thank tanya p
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So we didn't go into the actual nature center, we actually found around the corner from the entrance there is another way in and its a field of sunflowers. The most perfect field of beautiful gold sunflowers!

Thank Tyler H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ijams is a wonderful park area just a few minutes from downtown Knoxville. It has several miles of trails along the river and some natural areas. As a visitor to Knoxville, I have only had time to enjoy the trails for jogging, but there is...More

1  Thank BruceR_2832
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I really like Ijams. I’ve been a few times. It’s more catered to mtn biking than anything else but I just hike on their trails. None of the trails are difficult to hike that I’ve encountered so far. There are some really nice views though....More

Thank Hilary W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very difficult to put into words ijams...I go there to run, and it’s my favorite. It’s picturesque, quiet, serene, natural...it’s just one of my favorite places on earth. A true urban Oasis. There’s so much more to do there, just go and see for yourself

1  Thank DonGladd
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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.