The Ijams Nature Center is 275 acres of outdoors with trails for hikers and bikers. ((courtesy, Knoxville Tourism and Sports Corporation))

With more than 275 acres, and miles of trails for hikers and mountain bikers, the Ijams Nature Center is a gorgeous outdoors escape that sits along the Tennessee River. The nature preserve first opened in the early 20th century, evolving into a bird sanctuary and Girl Scout fixture before opening, in 1960, as a public nature park. Ijams features ten miles of dirt trails, every inch of which is hiker friendly; 3.5 miles of trail are devoted to mountain bikers. Trail maps, available at the visitor center for $1, give an overview of the grounds, including its many ponds, meadows, and woodlands. Highlights include Mead's Quarry, which has 1.5 miles of hiking trails, access to historic Stanton Cemetery, and an observation deck overlooking a large lake. The 103-acre Ross Marble Natural Area features a man-made rock bridge that offers panoramic views of the former quarry.

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2915 Island Home Ave
Knoxville, Tennessee 37920

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Telephone Number: (865) 577-4717
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