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Ijams Nature Center

Ijams Nature Center offers more than 60 miles of trails and 15 miles of roads that wind through fields, forests, and wetlands. Some trails are designated for hiking only; others are open to mountain bikes (e-bikes not permitted).

Ijams is a beautiful natural retreat for anyone who visits. The trails are well maintained and marked, which makes it easy to find your way around the center. There is no fee to enter Ijams, but donations are accepted at the gate by volunteers of Ijams Nature Center, Inc., a nonprofit organization that manages the park. As a result, the trails are always well maintained and clean. Ijams Nature Center also offers self-guided tours for those who do not want an organized guided tour.

The trails at Ijams range from easy to moderate, with some steep hills to climb as you make your way through the park. Overall, the hiking is very easy with some slight challenges here and there.

Ijams is great for anyone of any age to explore. There are trails that are appropriate for toddlers who are just learning how to hike, as well as trails designed especially for mountain biking. Ijams also offers scheduled events including naturalist-led hikes, bird walks, interpretive programs, and more. There are also plenty of opportunities to get outside at Ijams and enjoy nature by participating in activities such as canoeing, kayaking, swimming, fishing, picnicking, overnight camping, and geocaching. 

Most importantly for families with toddlers or young children is that Ijams Nature Center offers a wonderful playground right next to the visitor center where kids can play while parents can rest and watch them play. Ijams is a great place for families with young children to go on a hiking adventure together. Ijams Nature Center is also part of the Greenways system for Knoxville, which makes it easily accessible from downtown Knoxville via the West Third Creek Greenway.

For more information please visit there website here: https://www.ijams.org/