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Ijams Nature Center

#3 of 194 things to do in Knoxville Features Animals
2915 Island Home Ave., Knoxville, TN 37920-2738
+1 865-577-4717
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Great Day Here

We spent the day here with the dogs and had a great time. There are great places for a picnic, and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Valdese, North Carolina
Awesome place near downtown

Ijams is super interesting. The visitor center has a cool native animal display for children as... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Sevierville, Tennessee
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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 4 days ago

We spent the day here with the dogs and had a great time. There are great places for a picnic, and we really enjoyed all the hiking in the park also. There is even a refreshing spot for swimming at the quarry on a hot...More

Thank sweetnlow70
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Ijams is super interesting. The visitor center has a cool native animal display for children as well as a small gift area. The river trail is super cool. We went in the rain and it was really special. The quarry is also a great place...More

Thank jns2020
Reviewed 1 week ago

They have an assortment of hiking trails and a pleasant visitor's center to expand your visit. It is inspiring to see what one family can preserve for all of us to enjoy.

Thank FreeSpirit33527
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nature Center used to be a membership only organization. Since they've opened it to the public and began to accept donations, it's a wonderful place to take the family over to hike alone or as a couple. So many things to see and do. This...More

1  Thank ChrissyAdventures
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been mountain biking, hiking, exploring, playing, and catching pokemon at Ijams! There is a lot to do and see and most of it is free!!! They even have a lot of special events going on throughout the year that you can see if...More

Thank Angie P
Reviewed 1 week ago

Ijams has anywhere from an easy walk to a full hike. I have done yoga in the field and kayaked in the quarry. I have done business picnics and hiked on some of the many trails. Lots to do for all ages. There are hammock...More

Thank Keri T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ijams Nature Center was a fantastic place for our family (including our golden retriever) to get some exercise and enjoy the trails and natural beauty along the river. My only complaint is that the trails need to be better marked....some were hard to find and...More

Thank Cynthia M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It has grown and has things for the whole family now. But I still go there just to relax and unwind. Great for a walk or bike ride.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

They've done really good job of providing something for everyone at this nature center. A lot of picnic areas and other places for family gatherings and business event. It is a little bit dated but that you shows it being used.

Thank Wayne J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I thought Ijams Center was going to be walking a few trails in the wooded area of Knoxville. That it is and a whole lot more! My adult son and I visited Ijams Center because I had never been before and he lives close by....More

Thank Kristy O
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melissa c
Are canoe's still available for rental into the first week of August? Also what are the prices?
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
what is the best trail for hiking? Not easy, but not super difficult?
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
Would this be something we could enjoy with out 2 year old twins in December?
17 April 2017|
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Response from Sarah B | Property representative |
Ijams is a year round destination with lots of choices for all ages. In December, I am sure the weather would play a part, but all of our trails are open (including stroller friendly and shorter trails) as well as the nature... More