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Ijams Nature Center

#3 of 198 things to do in Knoxville Features Animals
2915 Island Home Ave., Knoxville, TN 37920-2738
+1 865-577-4717
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Great Outdoor Adventure

The Ijams Nature Center offers so much, and much of it is free. There are trails for every hikers... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Meagan E
Tazewell, Tennessee
Lovely and easily accessible for me, The Disabled Traveler

My sister and I travel together and love to explore local nature reserves. Ijams was beautiful with... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Lucille M
St. Petersburg, United States
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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 yesterday

The Ijams Nature Center offers so much, and much of it is free. There are trails for every hikers' ability. You should check out the Pink Marble Trail, Tharp Trace Trail, and the River Trail. You can print a map of the trails from the...More

Thank Meagan E
Reviewed 4 days ago

My sister and I travel together and love to explore local nature reserves. Ijams was beautiful with flowers and a good gift shop. I did not need to use my wheelchair, I am a below the knee amputee with a prosthetic. The pathway was easily...More

Thank Lucille M
Reviewed 5 days ago

Plenty of hiking trails. Easy place to take the kids by myself, or with a nature group. Kids love it and so does my husband.

Thank Melanie T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The walk-through the zoo isn't a strenuous one and if it's a little bit cooler lots of animals are out. Nice new exhibits. Love the penguins exhibit

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is truly a jewel of a place that is still little known. Nature at its best with walking trails and a nature center the kids will love. If you are in the Knoxville area add this to your list of things to do. You...More

Thank jmlafferty
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great trails, a few gardens and a fun and informative visitor's center. It's one of those places that I find myself drawn to. My kid has grown up going there and from the time he was little he has loved it. He's now a teenager...More

Thank Ratchet_of_Knoxville
Reviewed 1 week ago

Family friendly with walk, bike, swim, row, climb, ....what else is there except crawl....and you can do this also after a visit to the new restaurants in the area ...but please call uber if you partake of the suds.

Thank bhannifin
Reviewed 1 week ago

Traveled from my home about a 30 minute drive to Ijams Nature Center. Although I live close, this was my first visit. Wow! Our purpose was to do some hiking. There are several trails, some paved and shared with bikers, others natural surface with some...More

Thank JessCasteel
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed the Nature Center and the river walk Watched a Class A RV towing a car drive through the parking lot. Don't try that! The tree branches are very low and the lot doesn't have room for large RVs. There's overflow parking on the...More

Thank trdltli
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to Ijams for the day and we had a great time! There were several hikes from easy to moderate and we enjoyed them! We did the boardwalk around the lake which was really nice and easy with a couple different paths. We also...More

Thank siberianrusky
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23 July 2017|
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Response from Wayne J | Reviewed this property |
Swimming at quarry, not sure about beer.
melissa c
31 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
28 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