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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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Tennessee River Trails

Pros: The Tennessee River boardwalk was beautiful, nicely maintained, and well worth the walk. Saw... read more

Reviewed yesterday
What you see is what you get!

Having seen the reviews and advertising the boardwalk wasn't as long as expected. What you see on... read more

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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

Pros: The Tennessee River boardwalk was beautiful, nicely maintained, and well worth the walk. Saw bluegills and various caterpillars and butterflies. The old quarry was neat to see. Cons: The trail markings were super confusing; we got lost on the way to the quarry as...More

Thank RoapTripper3081
Reviewed 1 week ago

Having seen the reviews and advertising the boardwalk wasn't as long as expected. What you see on the advertising is really all there is along the river. I can see it is a great place for kids and school groups. I think I set myself...More

Thank mummied
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place place for a morning walk, fab hiking & biking, paddle boarding for a price. Lots of scheduled events , a must see if in Knoxville

Thank William M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wanted a close family, fun place to go and we found this place. Took a short, easy hike to the quarry for some picturesque views. Pets are welcome so even our dog had fun.

Thank Scottob21
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband, dog and I had such a great day at Ijams. We hiked a few trails and loved the river boardwalk and the stone stairs. The views were amazing and it was pretty quiet even though the park was quite busy. We have recommended...More

Thank amberjackmarie
Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved visiting the nature center and hiking their trails. The river boardwalk is amazing with great views! I would highly recommend this place to anyone visiting Knoxville!!

Thank Joshua P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ijams Nature Center is a gem in the heart of southeast Knoxville. The trails are wonderful, especially the river trail.

Thank thelordskid
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's hard to be leave this place is only five minutes from downtown. Several miles of trails and wildlife await. The New canopy ropes course is great Too. What a gem for knoxville

Thank scottshotwife
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful trails and beautiful water views. Boardwalk trails around water. Many activities for learning for children and adults. Also have canoe and paddle board rentals. Would be better if you could launch your own canoe.

Thank banjopicker1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well maintained trails. Stunning views along the water. Beautiful scenery. Easy walking, but there are some stairs on the boardwalk.

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18 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
22 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

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