Meads Quarry

Region: South
Mead's Quarry Lake
Knoxville, TN 37920



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 — we'll keep you posted on what's happening in the woods and on the water!

The sparkling blue quarry waters surrounded by tall rock cliffs makes a beautiful setting for a paddle
City of Knoxville Park

Telephone: 865-577-4717

Park Size: 275 acres
Paved Trails: 3.62 miles
Natural Trails: 11.8 miles
Type: single track, old roads
Difficulty: easy to moderate
Hours: dawn till dusk

Main Entrance:
2915 Island Home Ave
Directions: Take I-40 to the James White Parkway and cross the river. Take the Sevier Ave/Hillwood Dr exit and turn left onto Sevier Ave which becomes Hillwood Dr. At the end of Hillwood, turn right onto Island Home Ave then take the 1st left to stay on Island Home Ave. Ijams will be approximately 1-mile on the left.

Mead's Quarry Entrance:
3518 Island Home Pike
Directions: From the Nature Center, continue south on Island Home Ave which becomes Island Home Pike. After the railroad tracks, turn right into the parking area for the quarries and trails.