Reservation Hotline: 800 256 4024
Reservation Hotline: 800 256 4024

Ijams Nature Center

2915 Island Home Avenue | Knoxville, TN 37920
Knoxville, TN 37920
(865) 577-4717
Region: South

Ijams Nature Center is part of the Knoxville Urban Wilderness, a recreational, cultural, and historic preservation initiative championed by Legacy Parks Foundation, incorporating 1,000-forested acres along downtown’s south waterfront. It creates an exceptional recreation and historic corridor inviting residents and visitors to experience the special character-defining assets of the city. With over 40 miles of multi-use trails, 10 parks, four civil war sites, incredible views, and unparalleled natural features, this unique area provides a premiere outdoor experience. Ross Marble Quarry was the first land donation to Legacy Parks Foundation. The 104 acres of abandoned quarry is now a beautiful addition to Ijams Nature Center, boasting miles of natural walking and biking trails and an abundance of wildlife.

Knoxville's very own wildlife sanctuary — and only minutes from downtown! The beautiful rolling woodlands of Ijams Nature Center feature an array of exhibits, a museum store, over 10 miles of trails to hike, run and mountain bike, a quarry to fish, and during summer months, canoes and kayaks to rent for paddling. The Ijams Crag offers 12 bolted routes for beginner to expert rock climbers. At the raptor exhibit, a red-tailed hawk and a turkey vulture sit on their perches, but on the trails you might catch the hoot of an owl or hear a medley of tunes from the assortment of birds that call Ijams their home. Keep posted of all the events on the Ijams' calendar. It brims with environmental teaching programs, classes, hikes and camps for adults and children.

The newest addition to Ijams is Navitat Canopy Adventures. This tree-based zipline adventure park is designed to thrill, educate, and inspire. With more than 60 adventure elements - from ziplines and bridges to swings, nets, elevated tunnels, and more - the park is a treetop wonderland full of surprises.

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  • River Rescue 2017

    • please email Lauren Bird ( to be assigned a site

    This fun, community-wide event focuses on 40 different cleanup sites along the Tennessee River and its associated creek tributaries. Each year, about...