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Ijams Nature Center, Knoxville

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Ijams Nature Center is a nonprofit, 315-acre educational nature center for all ages, abilities and walks of life. Ijams’ mission is to encourage stewardship of the natural world by providing an urban greenspace for people to learn about and enjoy the outdoors through engaging experiences.

Located three miles from downtown Knoxville, Tenn., Ijams features 12 miles of hiking and mixed-use trails, a public access river dock, swimming, boating, biking and more. The center offers hundreds of educational programs annually, from school field trips and off-site programs to on-site outdoor and classroom education programs that focus on topics from birding and wildflowers to yoga hikes, cooking classes and art programs.

During the warmer months, Ijams partners with River Sports Outfitters to provide kayak, SUP and canoe rentals on Mead's Quarry lake and the Tennessee River. Ijams also partners with Navitat Knoxville, which provides the Ijams Canopy Experience, a fun, tree-based adventure featuring six trails of varying difficulty that boast ziplines, bridges, nets, tunnels and more.

More than half of Ijams Nature Center's funding comes from donations and memberships from individuals, families, foundations and businesses. Please help Ijams continue to educate and inspire people of all ages to protect the earth now and for future generations.

The Ijams grounds and trails are open every day from 8 a.m. until dusk. The Visitor Center is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit Ijams.org or call 865-577-4717.
To visit Ijams Nature Center on your trip to Knoxville, use our Knoxville online holiday planner.
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  • We toured this area and had our Maltese "baby" with us in her stroller. The walkways were really nice and the scenery was gorgeous and wooded. It is a hidden gem! 
    We toured this area and had our Maltese "baby" with us in her stroller. The walkways were really nice and the scenery was gorgeous and wooded. It is a hidden gem!  more »
  • The Ijams Nature Center is beautiful -- a large green space along the river in an urban area. Unfortunately, it was late in the day so we didn't have time to explore much of this large park. The... 
    The Ijams Nature Center is beautiful -- a large green space along the river in an urban area. Unfortunately, it was late in the day so we didn't have time to explore much of this large park. The...  more »
  • We took our bikes and did the entire length of the trail. It has nice hills and is more challenging than most city trails, and we loved it! Definitely recommend and stopping in at the nature center... 
    We took our bikes and did the entire length of the trail. It has nice hills and is more challenging than most city trails, and we loved it! Definitely recommend and stopping in at the nature center...  more »
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  • First time here today and had a great visit with the front desk, she directed me around the trails. An owl was on the arm of a volunteer out front, and I took the Tower Trail to the River trail. Such a beautiful spot, looking forward to returning, especially for events!
  • my fiancé and i had an absolute blast taking our fur baby with us to hike with us! so beautiful and so much to see! gives you the kind of feeling you had as a child exploring the woods during the summer 🤍 to share that with my little family was beautiful! here’s to more visits! (hopefully looking for mushrooms!🥺🌱)
  • I enjoyed my first trip there with my family so much it was the first place I went when I returned to Knoxville. The walk along the river is beautiful. I wouldn’t call it “easy” though. I felt that was a more moderate hike. The hike around the quarry was challenging but worth it for the views.
  • What an awesome place to have locally! So many options to enjoy the outdoors. We chose a small path for the short time we had available. They have bike rentals, ziplining and other activities! Great selection of snacks, drinks and souvenirs. We will be returning very soon!
  • Ijams nature center has something for everyone. For this review I am discussing Meades Quarry. The park roped off a section for privacy during the wedding I was performing. The only sad thing was the trash floating in the water. Go visit and please respect the space.

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