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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.
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  • We did Tower Trail, River Trail, the Pink Marble Trail and the Tharp Trace. Well maintained grounds. A little steep going up the left flank of the Tharp Trace, but overall an easy hike. About 2... 
    We did Tower Trail, River Trail, the Pink Marble Trail and the Tharp Trace. Well maintained grounds. A little steep going up the left flank of the Tharp Trace, but overall an easy hike. About 2...  more »
  • Nice walking trails, a few stairs to climb depending on which trail you take. Visitor Center has a several diorama's with live critters to view with educational plaques. They also hold summer camps.....  more
    Nice walking trails, a few stairs to climb depending on which trail you take. Visitor Center has a several diorama's with live critters to view with educational plaques. They also hold summer camps.....  more »
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  • It's always a wonderful experience at Ijams Nature Center. The children are always thrilled to play in the little log house along with the huts. It's a sweet breath of fresh air, a beautiful nature walk on a new found trail and time well spent outside where children love to play.
  • This is an awesome experience. The staff are helpful with getting you started. Once you get going, you are pretty much free to go about the course. It is stunning at night with the lights turned on. In the right weather this would be perfect. It is pretty strenuous and it gets tiring. This makes for a great date night or just a night out.

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