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Ijams Nature Center

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Address: 2915 Island Home Ave., Knoxville, TN
Phone Number: +1 865-577-4717
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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.

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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Ijams is a beautiful nature center about 20 minutes outside of Knoxville. It's a great place for a run with or without furry friends. If you are an adventurous soul be sure to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ijams is a beautiful nature center about 20 minutes outside of Knoxville. It's a great place for a run with or without furry friends. If you are an adventurous soul be sure to visit The Bluffs in the summer and try cliff jumping.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A jewel. great trails, well groomed and maintained for walking in communing with nature. Don't miss the riverwalk, including the boardwalk. Read the signs about the geology and formations. Suggestion walk it counterclockwise to go DOWN the steep steps, instead of climbing.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ijams Nature Center is a wonderful place for families, couples and the adventure minded. Beautiful trails wind through the grounds and along the river. Mountain biking trails offer opportunities for the novice and seasoned bike rider. The quarry is a beautiful oasis where you can paddle boat and kayak. So much to see and do in the beauty of nature!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

wonderful place for nature education. acres of trails, premier mtn biking area paddle-boarding in season, even a state of the art tree top challenge course. very family friendly, free to the public. a great place to spend an afternoon.

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Knoxville, Tennessee, United Stat
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ijams has beautiful hiking trails, a quarry pond with rental kayaks and bikes and swimming in summer, paved bike trails that are great for youngsters, covered pavilions for al fresco picnics. Theres a nice visitor center with some animal exhibits, small gift store and maps.

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lots of teaching moments available in the center welcome area. One can spend a couple of hours taking in the information even before starting to walk the trails, also well marked with informational pieces. The Tennessee River walk is quitely spectacular with fascinating rock formations and views of the gently flowing river. Bike and walking trails are well marked and... More 

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Thank BKDurie
Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ijams Nature Center is a don't miss if you are in the area. There is no cost to go and walk the trails and the river walk is amazing. Just go, you'll be very glad you did

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love going to Ijams Nature Center. I often take my grandchildren and they love exploring the trails. The River Walk is amazing and very peaceful. Birthday parties and other events can be held at Ijams as well. The folks who run this are amazing and very knowledgeable. Take your time and enjoy this amazing place.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

We went here to attend a crafts show and discovered how much more it has to offer. The hiking trails can be challenging, if you choose, and connect to other trails in the area for an even longer walk. The trail leads down to the river. Meanwhile, in the pavilion, there were displays of nature, a store, and mud more.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Wasn't sure what to expect as we read it was inside the city limits- how outdoorsy could it be ? Answer- lots. A beautiful nature center with tons of educational material- several hikes and a walkway down to the river. The cool part was across the road- Mead's quarry. A lot more walking - a lot more trails- outstanding. Knoxville-... More 

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